Thirteen pounds — the weight difference between the 197-pound class and the 184-pound class in wrestling.
Gaining, and losing those 13 pounds is something that redshirt senior Dakota Geer has become used to.
Geer started out last season at 184, but was quickly bumped up to 197 to help the Cowboys fill that spot, and adding on that weight during the middle of the season was something that Geer said was difficult.
“I was kind of small (at 197) last year,” Geer said.
Now with freshmen A.J. Ferrari and Luke Surber giving the Cowboys suitable depth at the 197-weight class, Geer was able to move back down to the 184-weight class for this upcoming season.
“I had the whole summer to watch my weight and make sure I’m close to 184,” Geer said.
With the extra practice time this season because of the delayed start, Geer said that it has been easier to watch his weight and stay close to 184.
Geer’s first action he saw this season came against teammate Christian McCutcheon in the orange and black ranking matches, whom he was able to make quick work of, pinning him in the first period.
“Geer is looking good,” Smith said. “Dakota Geer is tough. He just looks good at 184. He moves well and he’s going to be very competitive at the weight.”
This weekend Geer will see action against Matthew Waddell, a former Oklahoma Sooner who transferred to Chattanooga and posted a 22-9 record last year, as well as Ryan Reyes from Oregon State, who has started out the season 2-1.
“I enjoy starting out the year with some tough matches,” Geer said.
Smith likes where Geer is at right now and feels he is in a good position to win all of his matches in the Cowboys’ dual meets this year.
“He’s in a position to be a top-5 guy in the nation,” Smith said.