Chandler Lopez receives wrestling scholarship

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Chandler Lopez

Senior Chandler Lopez has been offered a wrestling scholarship to Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Lopez said the scholarship was just short of a full ride, and covered the majority of the roughly $24,000 annual tuition.

News of the scholarship award was announced at a recent faculty meeting.

Lopez said his main goal was to focus on a school that had a serious wrestling program. Though the college only recently started its wrestling program, the team already has a 6-2 record in its inaugural season, according to the college’s website.

Though Lopez was offered scholarships to other colleges, he said he chose Williams Baptist, in part, because he was impressed with the coach.

“I was excited and a little bit nervous at first,” Lopez said. “It was the first time a coach reached out to me and asked me to go to a school.”

The student has had a deep connection to the wrestling team at Cross Creek, owing to the fact that the team’s coach is none other than his father, Mr. Patton. Lopez said being coached by his dad and basically growing with his team has been very valuable to him.