Silver Knights’ Wrestling: Young and Rebuilding
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights have a new wrestling coach this season as Chad Deaton takes over the helm for the first time as a head high school coach. Deaton, however, is not without experience. He has been coaching in the local youth league the past five years.
“I was in the weight room working with some of the kids when a former coach came in and said, ‘Here’s your next coach.’ From there I got the job and am excited for the season to begin,” said Coach Deaton. Helping Deaton this year will be his assistant, Bryan Owens. Last year’s coach, Chad Snyder, will be offering help and advice.
The Silver Knights have nine boys on the team with four back from last year’s squad. Returning for his senior year is heavyweight Billy Anderson, who had some success last season and is much stronger and much improved. Deaton expects Anderson to win some matches and hopefully some meets. Anderson weighs in at 260 lbs. and has looked good in pre-season matches.
Also returning for his senior year is Cody Hunter, who will wrestle in the 145 lb. weight class. Hunter was a hard matchup for every opponent last year and will look for even more success this season. He knows the sport and is a strong kid with speed and agility. He knows the moves and will be a leader for the younger teammates.
Jacob Sharp, a junior returnee who wrestles in the 160 lb. weight class, has looked well in preseason and is hitting the weights hard and working to better his record from last year. Sharp could turn out to be a tough opponent at every meet. He has a great desire for success and is dedicated to the sport. He will also help lead the younger athletes.
Chance Johnson, who is also back from last year, will work out of the 170 lb. weight class.
He has been working hard and is getting stronger; his conditioning is good, and his work in the weight room has added needed muscle. He should be a tough matchup for the opposition. Johnson, along with the other three returnees, will lead the 2018-19 team.
“We have a dedicated group of kids who are working to be fundamentally sound. They have good attitudes and seem hungry to win. We are basically in a rebuilding year, but I am impressed with the kids’ work ethic and their willingness to work together. Coach Owens and I have set some goals, and we have high expectations for this group. We would like to do well in the LKC, win a few meets, and hopefully progress to where we place someone at state,” said Deaton.
Others out for the first time include senior Draven Nichols, who will be in the 152 lb. weight class; Skylar Winters, a junior who will work with Williams in the heavyweight class; sophomore Austin Timmons, who will be in the 138 lb. weight class. Rounding out the team will be freshman Skylar Judge, 113 lb. weight class, and Danny McClure, 106 lb. weight class.
“I am impressed with these new kids and their hard work; they just seem to be willing to do everything we ask to make them better,” said Coach Deaton.
Coach Deaton added the schedule this year is geared more towards dual meets and tournaments, and the Silver Knights will hold their own annual tournament the Larry Richie Memorial on Dec. 15.
Deaton wanted to mention it’s still not too late to sign up for the team. He said there are some weight classes needing filled, and if anyone wants to be a part of the team, just let one of the coaches know.