ROCKINGHAM — It was not a very good beginning to the season for Richmond Senior wrestler Dalton Faurot.
The senior lost four of his five matches at the Southern Durham tournament and his lone victory was a result of a forfeit.
Then Faurot turned his season around.
In a big way.
He reeled off six straight wins, dropped three of his next five and has bounced back to win his last six.
“The main problem I was having was on my shot. It just wasn’t working,” Faurot said. “I worked with Coach (Earl Nicholson) on it. I had missed something like the first two weeks of practice and had only practiced one day before that tournament. My body wasn’t conditioned and it was like I was coming in brand new.”
It was just two years ago Faurot was a newcomer to the sport. He didn’t know anything about the sport until a friend and wrestler introduced him to it.
“I was talking to Austin Lane during weightlifting class about it,” Faurot said. “I started going to practice and liked it.”
Faurot finished his first season with a 9-15 record, earning seven pinfall victories but was also pinned seven times and lost three matches by major decision. He regrets not participating in the sport until his junior year.
“I wish I would have started in it before,” Faurot said. “I think I could be doing a lot better. I have the drive to want to win and get the medal or see my name on a plaque.”
Faurot is 15-7 on the year heading into this weekend’s event at Providence Grove. He has 11 pinfalls, three forfeit victories and a win by decision. Unlike last season, he hasn’t been pinned and three of his losses by two points.
Nicholson gives all the credit to Faurot for being a great pupil of the sport and an example of putting what he is taught into practice.
“His style is he does exactly what I show him to do, nothing more and nothing less,” he said. “I like that because it makes me know if they would listen and pay attention, you will get results. Every year I get one or two guys like that.”
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.