Dalton Sauder, a former Abington Heights student -athlete has finished his high school football and wrestling career by accomplishing a very unusual feat—winning two state championships in one year. In the middle of his sophomore year, Dalton and his family relocated to Anchorage, Alaska where he found an immediate home with the football program at South Anchorage High School.
As team captain, Sauder helped lead the South Anchorage Wolverine football team to a state championship over Service High School. The Wolverines were state runner-up last year to the Service Cougars and had a regular season loss so the victory was especially sweet in the state final this year. He was also named the Alaska State Defensive Player of the Year for football.
Coming off a state championship in football, Sauder decided to wrestle, even though he had not wrestled since his freshmen year at Abington Heights. His many years of junior wrestling with Summit Wrestling Club and the coaching he received in junior high and one year of high school must have stuck with him because he dominated the 195 -pound weight class. Posting aseason record of 32-1, he lost only one match all season which came in the first tournament of the year to the three- time small school state champion. In the large school state championship he finished first and helped lead his team to a first team state championship for the Wolverine wrestling program. He plans to attend Eastern Washington University and continue his football career.