Recent graduate Colton Morrow had the honor of signing with Campbellsville University at the
end of the school year. He will continue his wrestling career at the collegiate level with the help of a
wrestling scholarship. He joined the high school team in the eighth grade and consistently competed for
the Wayne County High School Mat Cards.
“I think Campbellsville University will be a good fit for me because it is a smaller campus and a
Christian school. Those were two qualities that I was looking for in a college, and Campbellsville
University really came through with scholarships for me. In addition to the wrestling scholarship, I have
also been offered an academic scholarship, the Baptist Leadership Scholarship, and scholarships for
being a Rogers Scholar and Governor’s Scholar. I also received some outside scholarships, which I really
appreciate,” explained Morrow.
“I’ve been around wrestling as long as I can remember. My older brother (Devin Morrow)
wrestled, so I was always there watching the matches. That is what inspired me to want to be part of
the team. Wrestling has taught me endurance, perseverance, and the importance of being physically
fit. Those lessons will benefit me in other areas of my life,” noted Morrow.
Several of the other wrestlers and Morrow have wrestled together since they were little. “We
have grown up together, and we support each other in victory and defeat. We really have been
teammates, friends, and brothers.”
“My family has been a great support system. My parents (Wayne and Wanetta Morrow) have
traveled all around the state as well as Tennessee, and all the way to Virginia Beach to support me. It
really means a lot to look out in the crowd and see my family there cheering me on.”
I appreciate the work and dedication of the wrestling coaches. They really push all of us to work
hard, but that is what has made the Wayne County wrestling team so successful.
“Coach Upchurch does a great job,” said Campbellsville Tiger Wrestling Coach Franky James.
“I’m happy to get one of his guys.”
Campbellsville has been recruiting Wayne County wrestlers as far back as Cody Vinsant, who
wrestled for the Mat Cards several years ago.
“This recruiting class is really strong,” noted James. At the time of the interview, he had
recruited ten wrestlers from as far away as California and Georgia. “Colton will have a lot of good
practices,” being amongst some strong wrestlers.
The college just built a new wrestling facility to accommodate a full staff. “It’s a good time to be
with our program,” said Coach James. His program has a tremendous record having placed in the
National Duals for ten years in a row. In fact, they are the only team in the NAIA to accomplish that kind
“We are happy to get Colton because he is a good person, has a good family, and has been a
good student. He can develop into a good college wrestler,” said Coach James.
Morrow graduated with over a 4.0 grade point average. His list of accomplishments include
Governor’s Scholar 2018, Rogers Scholar 2017, and Entrepreneur Leadership Institute (where he won a
presidential scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University). In addition, he attained Eagle Scout rank
working on the restoration of the Tuttle Cemetery. He was a member of the BETA, FCA and Academic
Hall of Fame at Wayne County High School. He was also an individual runner up at the regional wrestling
competition this past season. He also contributed to his team’s sectional duals this past season.
Morrow graduated with 21 college hours due to the dual credit classes he took in high school.
He plans to major in Biology and eventually land a career in the medical field.
(L-R) Campbellsville University Wrestling Head Coach Franky James was welcomed by WCHS Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch
(Above and below) Fellow wrestlers and classmates attended the singing ceremony
(L-R) Coach Upchurch chatted with Campbellsville University Wrestling Assistant Coach Jacob Murton
CU Assistant Coach Murton prepared paperwork for the signing
(L-R) Front: Wayne Morrow, Colton Morrow, Wanetta Morrow, Campbellsville University Wrestling Head Coach Franky James
Back: Campbellsville University Wrestling Assistant Coach Jacob Murton, WCHS Assistant Coach Tyler Simpson, WCHS Principal Justin Alley, and WCHS Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch
Colton Morrow supporters look on as he signs
Colton Morrow surrounded by wrestling teammates
Wayne Morrow thanked Wayne County Wrestling Coach Danny Upchurch for providing such a terrific sports program for students
(L-R) Colton Morrow was congratulated by friends Garran Dishman and Parker Bell