January 20, 2008
Albany -- The Darton College athletic program is among the tops in the nation, with the golf team winning three-straight national championships, and the women's soccer team spending plenty of time ranked number one.
The Cavaliers will add a wrestling program to the athletic stable next year, and the school will be looking for similar success.
With the addition of a wrestling program, the Cavaliers are expecting to draw some of the regions top talent to Darton.
Head coach Josh Watts says, "Being the only official program, there are a few teams, but since we're the only official one, I think it will do a lot for bringing in quality kids here."
While it helps in recruiting, Watts says having the only JUCO wrestling program in the state does present some problems.
"Some traveling will be involved," says Watts. "I think our closest is Spartansburg-Methodist, in South Carolina. There's a lot of teams, and lot of open tournaments down here we can wrestle at, and the traveling we'll have to do."
Becoming an official program opens a lot of doors for area wrestlers.
Westover high school coach Kevin Fretwell says, "Darton will be a great avenue for them, as a wrestling program, and then they can even transfer from that two-year school into and NCAA program."
Watts adds, "It should be a great opportunity for Georgia wrestlers, and south wrestlers, in general, to come here, compete, and hopefully move on to a four-year school after that."
Watts hails from the wrestling hotbed of Iowa, and says there's a lot of potential in Georgia.
"There's a lot of talent down here," says Watts. "A lot of it's raw, but there's definitely a lot of talent."
Darton College is currently ranked as the seventh best collegiate club wrestling team in the country.
The club team is currently 5-2, and becomes an NJCAA sanctioned program in the 2008-2009 academic year.