Athlete of the year Outlaw to focus on wrestling

COVINGTON - Malachi Outlaw became Alcovy's first 1,000-yard rusher and medaled in the Class AAAA state wrestling tournament.

It was his presence on and off the field that made him Alcovy's Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.

"It feels pretty good. I feel a little accomplished that I have that, athlete of the year again. That's pretty cool," Outlaw said.

On the gridiron, Outlaw lit up the scoreboard scoring 10 touchdowns.

He rushed for 1,246 yards on 192 touches giving him an average of just under 6.5 yard per carry.

Outlaw also rushed for an impressive 212 yards against Griffin in the final game of the regular season.

The Bears finished the year as the Class AAAA No. 5 team and made it to the Final Four where they lost to the eventual state champions, Tucker.

Outlaw finished his high school wrestling career with a record of 40-6 where he finished fourth wrestling in the 152-pound division.

At 5-7 and 165 pounds, Outlaw decided to turn down football and wrestling at a traditional school.

Not to say that he won't continue participating at the collegiate level, because he is. He will be attending the The Apprentice School in Newport News, Va.

Outlaw turned down the chance to play football for the Builders but will instead concentrate on wrestling while working, learning and earning a salary building nuclear warships and Navy submarines.

"It was hard, but I like wrestling more. It's individual and it's a team (sport). I don't have to rely on everyone else to do that," he said.

"I will have friends going off to college taking out student loans and in four years will be looking for a job, but I will not have to worry about that. As a matter of fact, there is no tuition at all. I will be getting paid to learn. I think the hands-on learning concepts are a perfect fit for me" he said.

"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn a trade, get a degree and have a career while representing the Apprentice School national championship wrestling team. I guess I will have the best of both worlds."

For the next five years Outlaw will split his time between the classroom, the shipyard and wrestling practice where he will be able to train in one of 18 programs and six advanced degrees.

"I'll travel the East coast wrestling D-II and D-III schools and have a chance to qualify for NCWA (National Collegiate Wrestling Association) nationals and become an All-American wrestler," Outlaw said. "You travel first class with first-class gear and be part of a team."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.