Body of ex-Campbell wrestler found in Raleigh lake

The body of a former wrestler whose career spanned middle and high school as well as at Campbell University was recovered from a lake in Raleigh Friday afternoon.

Ryan Wayne Hall, 22, had been missing since Thursday evening.

The cause of death is unknown. However, police said that foul play is not suspected.

Ryan Hall
Hall had been listed on the wrestling roster at Buies Creek-based Campbell for the 2014-15 season as a redshirt freshman at 157 pounds. Prior to that, Hall had wrestled in middle school and high school, qualifying for the North Carolina state wrestling championships twice for Pasquotank County High School in Elizabeth City in his junior and senior years.

In his recruiting profile for North Carolina Sports Association, Hall wrote, "I've been wrestling since 7th grade. I was not always the best wrestler back then but I was determined to succeed… I plan on attending a four-year college and studying business because I want to own my own sporting goods store someday."

Hall had a high school career record of 101-29.

"He was my best friend," Malik Hurdle told the Raleigh News & Observer Friday. "He was someone I could depend on no matter what. He was a light shining so bright he touched everybody he came into contact with. I really can't believe he's gone."

His high school wrestling program posted this message on Twitter:

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the loss of former Pasquotank Co. Wrestler Ryan Hall. Ryan was great athlete, fierce competitor, and great friend. You will be missed.... #NENCSports"

The sheriff's department of Pasquotank County shared this on its Facebook page: Pasquotank County Sheriff's Office:

"We are saddened by the loss of Ryan Wayne Hall (22). Ryan wrestled through middle and high school, competing in the state 2A Wrestling Championship as a Senior at Pasquotank County High School. He was loved by many, including our own School Resource Officers assigned to the school.

"We are extending our deepest condolences to the family, friends, faculty, and students of Pasquotank County High School. Ryan will be missed greatly."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.


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