165-pound champion Dalton Leightner (photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann)
Dalton Leightner

Dalton Leightner

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  • National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American
  • Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection
  • NCAA Division III National Tournament qualifier at 165 pounds
  • Earned All-Central Region honors with second place finish at 165 pounds
  • 165-pound champion at 35th John Summa Invitational
  • Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week on December 13
  • 165-pound champion at North Central (Ill.) College Invitational on December 11
  • 165-pound champion at Ithaca (N.Y.) Invitational on November 6
  • Compiled a 27-10 record
  • Tied for third on team with 13 pinfalls
  • Had two technical falls and one major decision
  • Tallied 23 near falls, 22 takedowns, 15 escapes and eight reversals
  • Earned fourth varsity letter


  • Compiled a 3-2 record 
  • Recorded five escapes, three falls and three takedowns
  • Earned third varsity letter


  • Named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-American first-team
  • NCAA Division III National Tournament qualifier at 157 pounds
  • Named to National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American team
  • Finished second at the NCAA Division III Central Region Tournament
  • Earned All-Central Region honors 
  • Defeated #6-ranked wrestler in Division III at Central Region Tournament
  • Went undefeated at the NWCA Division III National Duals
  • Named OAC Wrestler of the Week on January 13
  • Compiled a 28-10 record
  • Led the team with a career-high 38 near falls
  • Recorded a career-best tying six technical falls and a career-high six major decisions
  • Notched five pins
  • Tallied career-bests with 24 takedowns, 27 escapes and 10 reversals
  • Earned third varsity letter


  • National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American selection
  • Won the 149-pound individual title at the 2019 John Carroll University Open Tournament
  • Compiled a 34-12 record
  • Led team with career-highs with 34 victories and 17 pins 
  • Record a career-high tying six technical falls
  • Notched two major decisions
  • Named OAC Wrestler of the Week on February 11
  • Earned second varsity letter


  • Compiled a 13-10 record
  • Recorded four pins, four technical fall and three major decisions
  • Earned first varsity letter

All-Time Wins List

  • Ranks 10th on the all-time wins list with 101 victories

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner
  • Two-time Portage Trail Conference champion
  • Two-time OHSAA District Champion
  • Three-time OHSAA Sectional Champion
  • Three-time OHSAA State Tournament qualifier
  • Placed seventh at the 2016 OHSAA State Tournament at 113 pounds
  • Placed fourth at the 2017 OHSAA State Tournament at 120 pounds
  • An Honor Roll student


  • Son of Jeff and Helene Leightner
This page was last updated on May 10, 2022