By R. Alan Richardson
Coach Marcus Crowe’s Middle School wrestling squad made a good showing at this year’s Peach State Traditional Championships finishing fifth out of 14 teams competing. He said, “We wrestled in the Championships on Saturday and placed fifth out of 14 as a team which was beyond our expectations due to the level of competitiveness. Jacere Cooper placed first in the 147 weight class. Zyjawn Myers-Turner placed third in the 130 weight class. Nymh Carrera placed third in the 171 weight class, and Miles Butler placed fourth in the 85 weight class. We also had several 5th place wrestlers. Almost all of the boys contributed to our team score.” The team will next wrestle in the Peach State Duals Championship this weekend January 19 at Elbert County Middle School. Tuesday’s home match was cancelled.
One note of interest for this year’s Middle School team is the work of community coach Christian Darsey. Morgan County has always been blessed with highly qualified community coaches from football to basketball and all sports across the board. Darsey has been a mainstay of the coaching staff at the Middle School for some time working with football and wrestling as well as helping out with varsity sports as well.
He gets it honest. His father, Pastor John Darsey, has been the team chaplain for the MCHS football team since coming to Morgan County. He’s also a highly knowledgeable football community coach working on the defensive side of the ball with Defensive Coordinator Brett Bell and line coach Aubrey Fortson. His forte has been with the defensive line and linebackers since coming on the scene.
The passion his son shows on the sidelines in football and as an assistant wrestling coach is obvious. He told us, “I wrestled at Jeff Davis High School. It’s a little AA high school in South Georgia and Hazelhurst is the county seat. I just graduated in December with a degree in Middle Grades 4-8 in social studies and science. I’m just playing the waiting game now dropping in resumes and trying to find a teaching and coaching job for next year. I’m hoping to get hired here in the Morgan County School System.”
Asked how the wrestling program was going, he seemed highly optimistic. He commented, “It’s going very good. We’ve got 34 kids and about 50 percent are first-year wrestlers. So, with what we’re working with I think we’re doing phenomenal. We have a good sixth grade class with a few eighth graders and getting most of them back. It’s an exciting time for our wrestling program.”
I hope that Morgan County can find some way to retain this up-and-coming coach. It’s certain that Coach Crowe would love to have his services for the next few years.