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Campbell University Holds Memorial Service for Wrestler

Posted November 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Hundreds gathered Thursday at Campbell University to say goodbye to a freshman who died of a heart attack last week. Billy Saylor's quest to lose weight for a wrestling match may have contributed to his death. but the service was not about blame. It wasabout remembering a classmate, teammate and friend. Abner Suarez, a wrestling teammate, spoke at the service.

What words could not express, was evident in the outpouring of emotion by students. Saylor, 19, died of a heart attack Friday while preparing for his first college wrestling match. Campbell President Norman Wiggins said Saylor was too young to die.

Saylor was remembered as a popular, spiritual with a lot of personality, who was devoted to family and friends. He was also an honor student and a champion wrestler. Campbell Athletic Director Tom Collins said Saylor was determined to be the best he could be.

Saylor's wrestling coach, Scott Miller, said Saylor worked for his team.

Saylor's teammates braved the cold and rain to set flowers at a memorial on campus.

The wrestling team traveled to Saylor's hometown of Wellborn, Florida Tuesday for his funeral.

Campbell administrators say they plan to review the wrestling team's training guidelines.

Photographer:Joe Frieda