South Effingham High School

McDonald to wrestle at B-PC

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April 27, 2016

By Patrick Donahue

From the moment he started wrestling in high school, Ethan McDonald had Wednesday’s signing ceremony in mind.

The South Effingham High School senior wrestler signed a letter of intent with Brewton-Parker College, culminating a longstanding goal.

“I had a lot of people behind my back from when I started to my senior year, he said. “The whole goal was to get a scholarship. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve looked for this for so many years.

First-year Mustangs wrestling coach Tim Peavy said McDonald’s name came up repeatedly from his peers, other coaches, parents and others as one of his most solid athletes.

“We found that to be a very true statement, he said. “We are quite excited for him. We’re very proud of him for his dedication to the sport.

McDonald was runner-up in the area traditionals at 132 pounds this year, and he eventually advanced to the state tournament. McDonald also reached the championship match of the 2015 Rebel Invitational.

McDonald qualified for the 2015 state tournament at 120 pounds.

“A lot of athletes look forward to the state championships, and that was a goal, he said, “but the ultimate goal was to get a scholarship and go to college and set myself up for a good future. Now that it’s here, it’s kind of unbelievable. But I’ve been waiting for it for a long time. It’s exciting.

McDonald expects to wrestle at 133 to 145 for the Barons and said he will focus on getting bigger and stronger. He’s also eager to take on better competition.

“I like wrestling against tougher competition, he said. “It helps bring out the best in myself.

McDonald also was drawn to Brewton-Parker’s environment and the quiet town of Mount Vernon where it’s based. But he also has his sights on bigger goals.

“It’s a small town, and it’s a good place for me to stay focused on wrestling and on school, he said. “The ultimate goal to go there is to win a NAIA championship. I feel Brewton Parker and the coaches there will give me the tools to do that.

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