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Glenn Hills' LaRon Heath earns area's wrestler of the year

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Glenn Hills' LaRon Heath finished in third place in the 220-pound weight class at the Class AAAA traditional tournament.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Glenn Hills' LaRon Heath finished in third place in the 220-pound weight class at the Class AAAA traditional tournament.

In the fall, Glenn Hills’ LaRon Heath followed that mantra on the football field as a lineman.

During the winter, he was doing the same, only this time on the wrestling mat.

The senior was dominant for most of the season as the senior-laden Spartans won the region team duals and traditional championships. Individually, Heath finished in third place in the state at 220 pounds at the Class AAAA traditional tournament.

Because of all those accomplishments, Heath is The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Wrestler of the Year.

“He started out like the rest of them – just aggressive,” Glenn Hills coach Mark McCall said. “But now, he’s got some skill. He goes out there and does his thing. I’m so proud of him.”

As a freshman, Heath decided to try wrestling because a couple of friends told him about it. He embraced the challenge and battled at 160 pounds. After one year, he already liked wrestling more than football.

From there, he used early morning runs and hours in the weight room to bulk up.

Even with asthma, Heath improved. He built up his stamina and his style.

At this year’s state team duals, the Spartans defeated Perry in the first round of the Class AAAA Tournament before they lost to eventual state champion Gilmer.

Later, Heath won by fall twice at the state traditional tournament before he lost to Marist’s Kenneth Brinson. Brinson soon took the state title, but Heath regrouped and captured third.

Though his high school wrestling days are in the past, Heath looks forward to hitting the mat in college. When he does, he’ll bring with him the confidence he had when he wrestled at 160 pounds as a freshman and kept when he competed at 220 pounds as a senior.

“You just got to think you’re the better man,” Heath said.

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TODAY: Wrestling

MONDAY: Swimming

TUESDAY: Independent girls basketball

WEDNESDAY: Independent boys basketball

THURSDAY: South Carolina girls basketball

FRIDAY: South Carolina boys basketball

SATURDAY: Georgia girls basketball

APRIL 13: Georgia boys basketball


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