Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 10, 2012

Heavilon signs with University of the Cumberlands

CROSSVILLE — Stone Memorial High School senior wrestler Zach Heavilon signed a wrestling scholarship recently with the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.  

He will fight for the 126-pound varsity spot on the Patriots starting roster. If he wins the starting position, he would be replacing the graduating three-time All-American from this past season.

“I am really excited about getting out on my own and continuing my wrestling career. I hope to be a four–year starter at UC and become an NAIA champion,” said Heavilon.

He was a four-year letterman, a captain and multiple record-holder for the SMHS Panthers. He is the all-time leader in career wins with 139 as well as wins in a season with 48 and is second in career pins with 67.  

“Zach is probably the most talented wrestler that I have ever coached. You can show him a move once or twice and he can do it very well. On top of that, he will continue to practice it until he can hit it on anyone," said SMHS Coach Brian Parker.

"Zach's drive and dedication to the sport are amazing, which is the reason he has accomplished so much and earned a scholarship. The best part about it is that Zach has only just begun. He has the potential to be an All-American or even win a national title because he never stops trying to get better and you can never work him too hard.   In fact, a lot of wrestlers did not like it when he was in charge of drills, because he never got tired of working hard."

“I am very proud of Zach’s effort to be the best while maintaining good character and a great attitude. I can’t wait to see him wrestle in college and see what he can accomplish on a national stage,” added Coach Parker

Heavilon is currently undecided on his major but plans to take advantage of his scholarship opportunity by graduating with honors.

“I would love to possibly even come back and coach wrestling with Coach Parker,” added Heavilon.

“We are very proud of Zach and know that he will do very well in college. He has worked hard for this. It will be hard to watch him go away to college but this is what is best for him and his future,” said his parents, April and Brian Heavilon.

“I hope that my current and future wrestlers will learn from Zach’s example and strive to be the best that they can be, not just in their matches, but in the practice room and in life,” concluded Parker.

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