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Darrisaw, Henry have plenty in common

D’Angelo Darrisaw and Jarett Henry have a lot in common.

They both decided early on that they wanted to be active in more than one sport at the high school level, and both compete on their schools’ football, wrestling and baseball teams.

They are both praised by their coaches for being among the hardest workers on their teams.

They are both state champions in wrestling, with Darrisaw, a senior who attends Dublin, winning his second state championship at the 120-pound weight class, and Henry, a sophomore who attends West Laurens, winning his first state championship at the 160-pound class.

And now, they have been named co-winners of The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Wrestler of the Year.

“It’s always great to get recognized,” said Darrisaw, who has started at wide receiver and defensive back on the Dublin football team and also starts on the Irish baseball team. “I have just tried to work hard every day at whatever sport I am playing. It’s tough playing three sports in high school, and it doesn’t leave you much time for anything else. But when I got to high school, my goal was to play all three, and I believe you always finish what you start.”

Darrisaw started wrestling in the seventh grade, and by the time he was a freshman, he was already making a name for himself by finishing sixth in the state in his weight class. He won a state championship in the 10th grade and finished as the runner-up as a junior. He then added his second state championship as a senior with a close victory over Reid Harris from Social Circle.

“His internal motivation is what makes him so special,” said Dublin wrestling coach Matt Godwin, who is in his first year as the head coach. “He hates to lose way more than he loves to win. He is one of the hardest working athletes I have ever been around, and I am sure he will be successful in anything he does.”

Henry, who was forced out of the state wrestling tournament as a freshman when he contracted pneumonia after posting a 55-4 record, defeated Chris Nelson from Lithonia to win the championship this year. His 50-3 record this year gives him an opportunity to chase the career record for most wins by a West Laurens wrestler that stands at 227. But despite all of his success on the mat, Henry feels that his wrestling career could end after high school.

“I really like all of the sports,” said Henry, who leads the West Laurens baseball team in on-base percentage. “But I feel like when it comes down to making that choice, that I am a baseball player first. Right now, though, I just have to work on getting stronger, which will help me in all my sports. I feel like I have an advantage as a wrestler because even though a lot of guys at my weight class are stronger, I am very technical, and I guess that’s my experience paying off.”

No matter what sport Henry ends up playing at the next level, West Laurens head coach Ed Bland has no doubt he will be successful.

“He is an A student, and he works hard in the wrestling room, and he does not waste a single minute,” Bland said. “I believe he can play either sport at a high level because of his great work ethic. He is a really good wrestler, but he is just as good a baseball player and student.”

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