Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon’s Dylan Colopy, back, takes control over Delaware Hayes’ Zach Williams in their 132-pound bout at Thursday’s nonconference dual. Colopy won the bout, 11-5, but the Pacers won the dual, 51-24.


 Bill Davis/News Mount Vernon Killer Bees wrestler Jake Taylor, top, controls Little Pacers wrestler Landon Froelich during their bout Thursday. Taylor won by pinfall.


MOUNT VERNON — After his match Thursday, Dylan Colopy pointed to the ceiling and held back tears.

The match — and the season — had been dedicated to former Mount Vernon coach John Brown.

“He was my head coach and one of my best friends, since I began wrestling in seventh grade,” said Colopy, a senior. “He was always there for us. He wanted us to be a family.”

Mount Vernon hosted Delaware Hayes in a nonconference dual at Pleasant Street Elementary. Hayes won the dual, 51-24. But, for both teams, the night was to honor Brown, who died last week in an automobile accident in West Virginia.

Even the Pacers honored Brown by having T-shirts printed that read “I am better because of Coach Brown” that they gave to each Yellow Jacket varsity wrestler.

“When it’s quiet, you can hear him in the walls,” said Mount Vernon junior Ashton Spurgeon, who won his match Thursday in overtime. “You can still hear him yelling. It’s a cool thing.”

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