Gregory Gardner inks with Averett

George Washington senior wrestler Gregory Gardner signed his letter of intent on on May 3 to continue his wrestling and academic career at Averett University in the fall. At the signing are (front row, from left) former varsity coach Donald Smith, Gregory Gardner, Tracie McLaughlin and Damion McLaughlin; (second row) GW principal Jay Lancaster. 

George Washington senior wrestler Gregory Gardner signed his letter of intent on Friday to continue his wrestling and academic career at Averett University in the fall.

Gardner will not only star as a wrestler, but an actor as well as he plans on joining the university’s drama department and majoring in drama.

“ It’s going to be really awesome because it was hard getting to this point,” Gardner said. “I had my normal school load on top of wrestling and drama practice so I had to sacrifice a lot, but it’s going to be great because drama and wrestling are both passions of mine and really help define who I am as a person.”

Tracie McLaughlin, Gardner’s mother, said, “I’m very proud of him. He’s worked hard to get to this point. Greg has wrestled since the sixth grade pretty much year round. He loves it and drama has become a big part of his life as well in the last couple of years, and he eat, sleeps and lives it just like he does wrestling. So, it’s awesome to see him going to a four-year university knowing attending college wasn’t something he wanted to do a few years back.”

Gardner’s stepdad, Damion McLaughlin, added, “I’m very proud of him. I’ve watched him grow from a young boy into a young man and I’m glad he’s gotten back into wrestling because it’s something he’s dedicated his time to hand I’m proud and excited for him and support him 100 percent in anything he does.”

Gardner will join an Averett wrestling program entering its third year. The Cougars are coached by Tommy Owens and assisted by Blake Roulo and Ibrahim Bunduka and produced three NCAA Division III national tournament finalists in 2018-19.

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