Smith-Cotton High School senior Jaydon Uptegrove has accepted an athletic scholarship to compete in wrestling at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Uptegrove, the son of Sarah Thomas and Jason Uptegrove, was a four-year varsity wrestling letter winner, serving as team captain his senior year. He also was a state qualifier during his senior season. In addition, he played football all four years of high school, earning two letters.

S-C Wrestling Head Coach Eric McNeal said, “Jaydon is a hard-working individual who is a great representative for Smith-Cotton Wrestling. We are proud that he has chosen to continue his wrestling career at CMU.”

Uptegrove will be helping build the Eagles program, as Central Methodist will be entering its first year competing in wrestling. Dr. Joe Parisi, vice president of enrollment management and a former collegiate wrestling coach, said Uptegrove will help shape the profile of the program.

“It’s super important for us in this first year to identify the right student athletes; first impressions are everything and when you think about the prototypical type of student athlete that you want on campus, Jaydon fills that role,” Parisi said. “Good student, great athlete, great person – those are the type of people you want reflective in a collegiate wrestling program all the time, but just as importantly in that first year as people are introduced to the sport of wrestling in Howard County and on the campus of Central Methodist. Jaydon certainly fits that bill for us.”

In the photo: Smith-Cotton High School senior Jaydon Uptegrove has accepted a scholarship to wrestle at Central Methodist University in Fayette. Seated with him are his father, Jason Uptegrove, and his mother, Sarah Thomas; back, from left: S-C Principal Wade Norton, Dr. Joe Parisi, vice president of enrollment management for Central Methodist University; S-C Wrestling Head Coach Eric McNeal, S-C Wrestling Assistant Coach Joe Hulsey, and S-C Athletic Director Rob Davis.​

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