TWO recent Jefferson High School graduates recently signed scholarships to wrestle at Life University in Marietta.
Jace McColskey and Josh Harris will both have the chance to continue their wrestling careers at the next level, and do so while remaining teammates.
McColskey’s career as a Dragon was culminated this year with an individual state championship in the 182 lb. weight class.
Harris was a multiple state placer for the Dragons in the 126 lb. weight class and earned a third place individual finish at this year’s tournament.
Both wrestlers helped lead Jefferson to four of its 13 straight state championships.
“I’m just glad they both have good enough grades to go to college and wrestle, and to have the want and stride to go do so,” said Dragon coach Doug Thurmond. “I’m very proud.”
While McColskey is a state championship high school wrestler, he is not taking his new responsibility lightly.
“I’m excited. I’m a little worried too,” he said. “I know what a step up in competition it will be, but I’m looking forwards to the challenge. It should be fun.”
Both wrestlers believe wrestling at Jefferson has prepared them for the challenges they are likely to face.
“At Jefferson, we know how much dedication and hard work it takes for us to win and be competitive,” said Harris. “That will carry over when we go to Life.”
“It’s taught me how to work hard and how to keep working towards my goals,” McColskey added. “(Coach Thurmond) breeds winners. I hope I can just carry on like I did in high school on a college level – with the same work ethic and everything.”
The two Dragons are relishing the chance to attend the same college – not only as teammates, but as friends and likely roommates.
“That was a big deal for me,” said McColskey. “I really don’t think I could have done it without knowing that he (Harris) was going to be there too. I can’t imagine going all the way up there with no one I know.”
“I’m actually glad that I’m going to know somebody going in,” said Harris. “I’ll be more comfortable having a friend there with me.”
Both wrestlers plan on using the summer to work out and condition for their first season as college athletes.