It will be a special day at LaGrange High.
This morning, before the first matches in the Granger Duals wrestling tournament, a ceremony will be held to honor Stefan Smith, the former LaGrange wrestler who was killed while serving in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Smith, a 2008 graduate of LaGrange High, was one of the best wrestlers in the history of the program.
During his senior season, Smith only lost one match.
Smith later joined the army, and in February he was deployed to Afghanistan.
In July, Smith and two other U.S. soldiers were killed during a patrol by a suicide bomber.
At 8:30 a.m. today, members of Smith’s family will be a part of the ceremony.
Frames with wrestling singlets will be presented to Smith’s mother and father, and another frame will go on display at the school.
“It’ll be a great day, but an emotional day,” LaGrange wrestling coach Scooter Weathers said.
Weathers said the singlets “were the best ones he liked, the ones he always wore.”
The five-team tournament gets under way at 9 a.m., and each team will wrestle four times.
There were supposed to be six teams, but Callaway pulled out since it had a semifinal football game in Buford Friday night.