Work pays off for Northern heavyweight

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 08:49 PM

Mykel Williams’ senior wrestling season didn’t end on a positive note, but that only motivated him to work harder in hopes of landing a spot on a college team’s roster.

The extra postseason work seems to have paid off for the Northern Vance heavyweight, who recently signed on to wrestle for Division II Limestone College.

Williams was one round short of making this year’s N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A championships, falling in the consolation semifinals of the heavyweight classification.

“It was very disappointing,” said Williams, “but I used it to motivate me to pursue wrestling in college. It made me start running every morning, start lifting weights.”

Williams, also a lineman on the Vikings’ football team, started training with the Wake Forest Wrestling Club after finishing lacrosse season with Northern.

Williams was contacted by Limestone before making a visit to the Gaffney, S.C. campus and getting to know some of the Saints’ wrestlers.

“That’s when I realized Limestone was the place for me,” said Williams. “I realized they would help me with everything; help make me a better wrestler, with school, with being a better citizen.”

Limestone missed out on the Division II national championships this season for the first time in program history.

Williams said his goal for year one is just to get some competitive time on the mat.

Williams will join a short list of Tri-County athletes to wrestle in college in recent years. 

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen somebody go to school to be a wrestler,” said Williams. “I’d love to represent Vance County.”

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.