Epperson signs with Life University

by Todd Brooks

By Todd Brooks

Lake Epperson will be taking his wrestling skills to Life University in Marietta, Ga. come next fall. The recently graduated Comanche senior signed with the college two weeks ago at a ceremony at the school.

“It means a lot to me,” Epperson said. “I’ve wanted to wrestle in college since I was really little. This is basically like a dream come true to me.”

Life University, a private college outside of Atlanta, won the 2021 NAIA national championship this past season. He said he felt a connection when he went for a visit to the college.
“I really like the coaches and I really connected with the guys when I was there,” Epperson said. “I got to have a little practice and meet everybody. I really like that the best out of everything else.”

It will be a long way from home, but Epperson is looking at that as a positive.

“It will be different, but I like the opportunity to be that far away. I’m getting to experience something new,” Epperson said. “Being from Comanche, it will definitely be different, but I think it will enjoy it and have fun.”

He is also looking forward to getting the opportunity to wrestle for a defending national champion.

“It will be a good chance to win a title with the team my first year there,” Epperson said.

Epperson placed three times at the Class 3A state tournament, finishing as runner-up his junior year. He wrestled at 138 pounds his senior year, finishing third. He said he would probably wrestle the same weight in college.

Life University is a relatively new college, founded in 1974, with current enrollment of around 2,700.