Beaufort High School's Arant decides to help launch Coker wrestling team

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMay 18, 2013 

Beaufort High School wrestler Trey Arant

Trey Arant capped an impressive high school wrestling career with a second runner-up finish at the Class 4-A meet, and then the Beaufort High School senior focused on where he would wrestle next.

Coker College, with an NCAA Division II wrestling program preparing for its first season, made the most convincing offer. Arant signed with the Cobras over The Citadel and Spartanburg Methodist.

"I'll be part of a very new program," said Arant, who was also a North-South all-star selection and finished with a 116-51 record in high school. "The school is very behind the program, and they want to make it succeed."

Arant will spend his summer going through a workout program assigned by Cobras coach Cy Wainwright, attending a camp at Coker and wrestling with his former teammates at Beaufort High.

His goals for collegiate wrestling include qualifying and placing at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships. He expects a learning curve.

"The rules are more lenient," Arant said. "You get some points for riding time in college that you don't in high school. There's a few more rules I will have to learn and get used to."

Name: Trey Arant

High school: Beaufort High

Sport: Wrestling

High school coach: Bill Damude

College: Coker

Probable major: Psychology

About Coker: The Division II wrestling program is heading into its inaugural season.

Why Coker? "It was between that and a few more schools, and Coker gave me the best offer," Arant said. "Next year is going to be their first year of the wrestling program, so I'll be part of a very new program."

Other schools considered: The Citadel, Spartanburg Methodist, Alderson-Broaddus

Other high school sports played: None

Accolades: Two-time state runner-up, three-time state qualifier, North-South all-star, national senior tournament qualifier

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