Annual tournament supports wrestling coach Kevin Dorsey
The Dorsey Duals tournament is a newfound tradition here at Poolesville High School. Founded last year in 2016, this tournament is dual style team wrestling tournament held by Poolesville Wrestling during the middle of January. This weekend-long tournament was originally created by Wrestling coaches Tim Tao and Kevin Dorsey, working alongside PHS Athletic Director Ed Ross and Booster Club President, Jeff Oyer.
The tournament was created to honor the impressive coaching history of Coach Kevin Dorsey, who has coached at Poolesville for over 10 years. A few years ago, Coach Dorsey was diagnosed with a disease known as ALS, a neurodegenerative disorder that causes victims to rapidly lose physical function and develop muscle weakness. The Dorsey Duals Tournament not only emphasizes Coach Dorsey’s passion and dedication to wrestling but also promotes awareness of ALS. When he was diagnosed with ALS, Coach Dorsey fought through his illness to continue to mentor the wrestlers of PHS. To this day, he still coaches the team and is an excellent role model for all the students around him.
Poolesville wrestling placed first in the tournament this year, among 10 other schools from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and surrounding areas.
Varsity Captain Alex Carbonell explains that one of his most memorable moments from the tournament was when “it was announced that our team won.”
According to Carbonell, another huge feat came when Joey Thomas, a wrestler from South Carroll High School, broke the record for all time wins for Maryland public schools. He defeated the record with a whopping 176 wins total.