(Decorah) Former CAM and Luther wrestler Garrett South had a unique style of wrestling, but he did it his way, and his way landed him in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame next March.
Luther Head Coach Dave Mitchell speaks highly of his former student athlete who was a 2005 graduate of Luther College. Mitchell says South’s induction into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame is a huge honor, and he is excited for Garrett, his family, and the Luther Wrestling program.
Mitchell says his competitiveness mixed in with unique style was a recipe for success and admits South was one of those guys that did his time in the practice room, but live wrestling was his thing.
South, a Cumberland native, was a four-time national qualifier, earning All-American honors three times, placing fourth at 157 pounds in 2003 and was the national runner-up at 165-pounds in 2004. As a senior he captured the 165-pound national championship, placed second at the University of Northern Iowa Open and placed seventh at the Midlands Championships. South went undefeated against NCAA III opponents that year.
Mitchell says Garrett South’s career record of 127-32 with 58-pins stands as one of the five best records in Luther College history.
Coach Mitchell says South put academics first. He was named a NWCA Scholar All-American three times and CoSIDA Scholar All-American twice. He was awarded and NCAA postgraduate Scholarship and was named the Iowa Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the year.
Garrett South will be inducted on Thursday, March 14, 2013, prior to the 2013 NCAA III National Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, March 15-16.