Admiral Wrestling Team Advances to State
Admiral Wrestling Team Advances to State, Coach Named Coach of the Year
Posted on 02/15/2018
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Last weekend was eventful for the Danville High School wrestling team. The team earned third place at regionals and head coach Joey Sallee was named the 2018 Region 7 Coach of the Year.

Sallee, who has lead the Danville Admirals wrestling squad for the past five years, was surprised to receive the honor. Generally, coaches of teams who finish in first receive Coach of the Year.

“We are one of the smallest schools in the state that offers wrestling and people took notice when placed third,” said Sallee. “That’s not me that’s the effort the kids put into it.”

photoJust a few days after earning Region 7 Coach of the Year, Sallee and assistant coach Chase Broach are preparing their wrestlers for the state competition.

Six wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight class at the regional tournament, which advanced them to the state tournament. These Danville wrestlers will compete in six of the 14 weight classes:

  • Sophomore Morgan Sallee will compete in the 113lbs weight class.
  • Senior Kelby Gay will wrestle in the 126lbs weight class.
  • Senior Garren Moody will represent Danville in the 152lbs weight class.
  • Senior Eric Bloh will compete in the 170lb weight class.
  • Senior Don Harris will wrestle in the 182lbs weight class.
  • Junior Spencer Updike will compete in the 220lb weight class.

Junior Pierce Haines placed fifth and qualified as an alternate for the heavy weight category.

photoI’d like to finish in the top 20 team wise, 80-85 teams competing.

“I want to see each of them wrestle to the best of their abilities,” said Sallee. It is a different environment to go from wrestling on one to two mats to ten mats.”

The tournament is double elimination and features a 32 men bracket.

“It’s a huge arena and you don’t know how they will react to that environment,” said Coach Sallee.

Overall, Coaches Sallee and Broach hope the team finishes in the top 20.

The KHSAA state championship will be held February 16 and 17 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. More than 80 schools will compete in this two-day tournament.

The wrestling program offers a varsity and middle school team and they are always looking for new members. Students in seventh through twelfth grade are eligible to participate.

“They are many college opportunities for wrestling,” said Coach Sallee. “If you’re willing to work we’re willing to teach you.”

Practice for regular season begins October 15 but open mat practice is offered year round. Parents or students interested in learning more about the wrestling program can contact Joey Sallee at joey.sallee@danville.kyschools.us.