Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team announced one National Letter of Intent signee for the 2014-15 season, Corey Griego.
A Hesperia, California native, Griego wrestles at the 170 lb. weight class for Sultana High School. Last season, Griego collected victories at several major tournaments, including the Doc Buchanan Invitational and Temecula Valley Battle for the Belt. Heading into college, Griego is looking to bulk up and move up a weight class or two.
“He’s definitely a weight we need,” said Head Coach Jim Zalesky. “He impressed us last year as we were watching him, and he took second in state.”
Griego placed second at the CIF State tournament in Bakersfield last spring, as well as fourth at the Ironman (Ohio) and Freak Show (Las Vegas), and finished the 2012-13 season ranked No. 11 in the country. Griego also collected the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Individual Championship at 140 lbs. as a freshman, and placed fifth at the CIF State tournament as a sophomore.
Zalesky and the rest of the coaching staff are always looking for talented wrestlers to fill out their roster when current athletes graduate and leave blanks at certain weight classes.
“After watching him, he kind of fits the style we are looking for and the need we have,” Zalesky said.