Lawson led the team this year with an overall record of 41-7. He broke a school record and became the Tigers leader in all-time takedowns with 309, and also earned Davenport’s Silver Scholarship, an academic award.
In addition to wrestling, Lawson plans to play football as a walk-on with Davenport. He played on the Tigers’ varsity team all four years of high school. He recorded 306 career tackles and earned a spot on the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Dream Team.
Lawson loves the physicality of both wrestling and football, stating, “I’m looking forward to being able to play at the next level.”
Lawson’s dad, Jeff, is a 1988 Gobles graduate and a former football player. He encouraged his son to begin playing sports during elementary school. “I’m excited to watch him play,” Jeff Lawson said. “I’m proud of how hard he’s worked.”
In addition to his football coach, Jim Wiseley, and his wrestling coach, Vincent Lindahl, Lawson also thanks his trainer, Devante Bailey, for pushing him. Bailey, who graduated from Gobles in 2010, is in the Marine Corps now. “He worked with me a lot. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him,” Lawson said.
After college, Lawson hopes to pursue a career in the health field.
Shane Henry signed with Alma College to play football on an academic scholarship on Tuesday, May 3.
“I’m really excited to get out there, go to college and play football for Alma,” said the 2014 Kalamazoo Gazette Football Dream Team defensive back, and three-year varsity football player.
Alma’s newest Scot cited a school visit that he’d taken with a friend to the college as the moment that he knew Alma was right for him. ‘This is a place that I could call home,’ he recalled thinking.
Throughout his high school career, Henry cited Double Days as his favorite football memory. A football summer camp where the players practice hard and sleep in tents, Double Days are difficult but give the teammates a chance to spend time together and build a necessary bond.
Dan and Lori Henry beamed with pride over their son’s decision to sign with Alma College. “I feel very excited and very proud,” said an emotional Lori, “He’s worked hard and we’ve seen so much growth in him.”
Henry plans to pursue a degree in Sports Management at his new school in Alma.