‘Dawson Duals’ honors LJHS coach

Article Source Written By: By Jean Ann Miller / The Courier

For the past 25 years coach Al Dawson has stressed the importance of never giving up. Dawson, who coaches wrestling at Lincoln Junior High School was honored Friday with a wrestling tournament named after him. Dawson thanked those who have shared the love of the sport as well as those who have supported the program.

“I started in this sports as a freshman in 1975. I am pleased to announce this is my 45th year involved with this sport,” said Dawson who was met with applause.

In the past 25 years he has coached 57 state qualifiers, two state champs and four state runner ups.

“In a basketball town, I am pleased with the accomplishments of the program,” he continued.

The first Dawson Dual welcomed eight teams to the meet with competitiors traveling from Seneca and Morris, Illinois.