Vigil held for two wrestlers who remain hospitalized
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Teammates and coaches
gathered Friday night at the spot where Ben Richards collapsed Wednesday to
lift him and Alex Washington up in prayer.
"I came out here and
I just ask the Lord to touch him and heal him, miraculously just do his thing
that he always does and just lift your prayers up for him," said John
Callihan, wrestler, Darton State College.
"These guys are my
brothers and I just want to help support them and whatever takes to help make them
better, I will be out here to support them with that," said Corey Wilson,
wrestler, Darton State College.
Darton wrestling Coach
James Hicks says he is close to the young men.
"It's been a rough
past couple of days for me, I have a good relationship with both of those guys,
and it's been a rough go here," said James Hicks, wrestling coach, Darton
Coach Hicks says heat
illnesses suffered by Richards and Washington and a third wrestler who is out
of the hospital will change his approach to coaching.
"We're always looking
to improve, especially on the policy and procedure side, like I said safety is
our number one concern, so it's definitely going to make us evaluate things and
will definitely make the improvements necessary," said Hicks.
For now the Darton
wrestling team is leaning on the Lord and hoping their teammates recover.
"We ask that you
would the medicine to work, please do it this day, and God we promise to never
forget the great things you're doing for us in Jesus name amen," said local