1962 Graduate was one of South Dakota’s elite

Darrold Morey

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1962 Graduate Was One of South Dakota’s Elite
By Wade Schlotter
When the sport of wrestling started at RHS in 1958 Darrold Morey was an eighth grader. He was playing basketball at the time and his brother Gary was out for wrestling.  After basketball practice he would have to wait for his brother to get done with wrestling practice to get a ride home. While he was waiting one day the wrestling coach, Al Evans, encouraged Darrold to give wrestling a shot. The basketball coach told Darrold he would have to choose between basketball and wrestling. He chose wrestling. That choice turned out to be a good one for him. Darrold would go on place 3rd at the first state tournament held in Redfield as an eighth grader.
Darrold did not wrestle in the 1959 state tournament but came back to place third again in 1960 as a sophomore. In his junior season he was the state champion at 154 pounds. The following year Darrold would win the state championship at 165 pounds.
Darrold was also a standout on the football field. He was an All-State selection as an offensive guard in his senior season.
After his outstanding high school wrestling career Darrold coached a few years at Brandon Valley High School.
Darrold Morey was inducted into the South Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014 for his accomplishments on the mat. He is planning to attend this year’s Intrasquad Dual on December 1st at 7pm in the Greeno Bldg.


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