PRESCOTT VALLEY – What’s next for Dalton Brady?
He essentially saved the life of Brian Brady, his dad, when was in the fourth grade after the latter sank to the bottom of their pool due to hyperthermia and Dalton jumped in to help him out until others came to the rescue.
“I was just scared for my Dad,” Brady said. “I didn’t know what was going on but knew I had to do something. I jumped in and did what I could until help came.”
He has won not only four, but eight straight state titles, counting junior high state champions. While the Chandler senior is the 28th in Arizona to accomplish four high school titles, he is believed to be the first one to win eight.
“I wanted to be something unique,” he said. “Others have won four state titles, no one has done that before.”
Oh, and he put it all on the line for the team this postseason by wrestling up two weight classes as he won the 138-pound Division I state title on Friday at Tim’s Toyota Center. He had to score late to beat Cesar Chavez’s Dajour Reece 5-3.
So what is next for Dalton Brady?
“I’m just getting started,” he said after finally realizing the goal he set eight years ago with his dad.
He is committed to Utah Valley, but could very well end up back at the Olympic Training Center or redshirt. First up is trying to make the Junior Worlds team. Ultimately, the Olympics are out there, but for now he is savoring the win over Reece.
Reece is a big 140-pounder who probably had 5 inches of height, which created a lot of leverage for Reece as he continually fought off shot attempts and entered the third period tied at 2.
Until Dalton realized he had to lower his level once in on the shot to counter the leverage.
“I figured out to drop my elevation and he went right over me,” Brady said. “I was like thank God.”
He is also thankful, of course, that his Dad has been an essential part of his career, especially knowing what could have been if he didn’t make that decision to go in after Brian.
“We have always been tight and I guess that is one of the reasons why,” Dalton said. “He is my best friend and he is the reason I am as good as I am.”