Fort Campbell | May 4, 2017
Fort Campbell Falcons football player and wrestler Louie Regalado, senior, signed his letter of intent April 27 at FCHS to attend Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.
Regalado will play football and wrestle for the Blue Raiders beginning in the fall.
Regalado signed with Lindsey Wilson after considering a few other schools. He said the college was a better fit for him.
“The coaches and the players at [Lindsey Wilson] were more welcoming and excited to have me on the team,” Regalado said. “They were pumped about having me there and that’s what sold me on the school.”
In wrestling, Regalado posted a 43-7 dual record this season including placing third at regionals and making state for the fourth time in five years of being on the team.
In football, Regalado was also named to the All-Western Kentucky Conference team this past year.
He said all the years of hard work he put in have paid off and the opportunity to continue to participate in sports at the collegiate level is an honor.
“I feel accomplished and proud to have an opportunity to go to college and wrestle and play football,” Regalado said.
Additionally, Regalado received also an academic scholarship, which he and his father, Sgt. Raimundo Puig, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been striving to get for most of Louie’s life.
“I am proud of Louie for getting a scholarship to wrestle and play football, but I love the fact that he got an academic scholarship as well,” Puig said.
“My dad always told me to work hard in sports and in the classroom, so to get both [academic and an athletic scholarship] is an amazing feeling, not just for myself but my parents as well, he said.
This accomplishment for Regalado has been 13 years in the making and he has always shown that he is determined to succeed, Puig added.
Anthony Shingler, FCHS wrestling head coach, said he and the coaching staff are proud of everything Regalado accomplished in high school sports and academically.
“[Louie] has been a leader for this team, not only in wrestling, but as a student,” Shingler said. “I think he will continue to grow into an excellent student athlete in college.”
Shingler has known Louie for five years and he has seen him grow, train and compete harder every year.
“I have seen how dedicated he is to wrestling and football and he is just as dedicated when it comes to school,” he said. “I know myself and the rest of the coaching staff can’t wait to hear about the great things we know he is going to do in college.”
Regalado said he is ready to go to college and compete at that level, but he said he feels great about the legacy he is leaving behind at Fort Campbell.
“I am excited to go to college and I am ready to keep working hard at the college level,” he said. “I look back at my time [at FCHS] and I can’t help but feel proud of my accomplishments, especially in wrestling.”