Grant Garey seeks third straight SWAC Championship in senior campaign
Next up - Lacrosse
When it comes to being a multi-sport athlete, Grant Garey is in a league of his own. Grant has been a critical part of the Mustangs success over the last few seasons on the football gridiron, wrestling mats, and lacrosse fields.
Son of Tate and Jen Garey, Grant plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel and major in Business. Along with his athletic success, Grant has maintained a 4.41 grade point average. “The main thing I’ve noticed to be the most important is to balance both time management and trying not to procrastinate.” said Garey.
The 6’2 175 lb fromer WestLake Wildcat, led the Mustangs to their first SWAC conference championship since 2017. Grant finished his senior football season ranked 5th in the state of NC with eight interceptions. Post season, he was selected for the 252 vs 919 All Star Game, named to the All SWAC Defensive Team and HighSchool.OT All-State Defensive Team. Garey was also named Team Captain of the 2021 season by his teammates.
“He’s just the guy!” said Mustangs head football coach Andrae Jacobs. “Grant is one of the most selfless guys that I’ve ever coached. He played every snap of defense, every special team, and even lined up on offense anytime we asked him to – Never complained, never asked why / we would just go get the job so that his team has a chance to win.”
In wrestling, Grant competed in the 160 lb weight class. He finished his senior season 29-5 overall record and voted as an All-SWAC performer. Garey closed out his senior wrestling season finishing runner up at the Mideast Regional Championships.
Photo courtesy of Reagan Bird
When asked which is more taxing on the body: Playing 70 plays on the football field or wrestling a match to completion for a one-point decision? Garey responded: “I would have to go with wrestling as a more physically taxing sport because you get no breaks in between plays like you would in football.”
This spring, Grant is a member of a very talented Mustangs men’s lacrosse team. Last season, they finished with 12-1 Record, ranked in the top 10 in the Southeast by US Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse and were Undefeated SWAC Conference Champions.
Grant’s advice to athletes playing multiple sports: “I would definitely say try playing multiple sports at least a year to see if you like it. I just think that the cross-training, the different types of coaching, the different types of locker rooms, the different environments that you practice in, the different challenges — I think it develops a much more competitive, well-rounded type of person,”.