By R. Alan Richardson
The Morgan County Bulldogs continue to pile up scholarships for the next level. The latest is 18 year-old senior wrestler Luke Mitchell who signed on to help start a brand new program at Rinehardt University in Waleska, Ga. for the upcoming season. He was only the sixth signee that the Eagles offered.
Mitchell wrestled for Coach John Robbins for four years and competed in the 145 pound class his senior season. He is a two-time state placer finishing fourth his junior year and fifth in the state this past year. At the Area 8-AAA and AAA sectionals Mitchell came in second in both competitions which led to his state qualifying.
Rinehardt wasn’t the only school around that noticed his talent. Bacone College (Oklahoma), Shorter, Brewton-Parker, and Coker University all thought enough of his wrestling ability to offer him scholarships as well. One of the main reasons he chose Rinehardt may have been that their new coach, Jeffrey Bedard, was also Robbins’ coach when he wrestled at Georgia State. Bedard goes to Rinehardt to start up the program after moving there from Division-I University of Chattanooga Tennessee.
Here’s what Mitchell had to say about his new opportunity, “Everything right now is kind of new with the program just getting started. We will start workouts over the summer that will mainly be strength and conditioning. I’ll probably be wrestling at the 149 pound weight class.” Luke plans on getting a business degree in sports management. He said, “That degree could lead me into a lot of areas surrounding sports. It could be anything from being an athletic director to being a professional NFL manager.
I would like to thank my parents for helping me get to where I needed to be. They traveled and watched me compete every weekend. They were always there to support me in wins and losses.”