Zalesky likes makeup of 2014 recruiting class

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Zalesky announces 2014-15 recruiting class


Corvallis, Ore. – A six-time USA Wrestling national champion and state champions from Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Illinois highlight this year’s Oregon State wrestling recruiting class. They will join the program for the 2014-15 season.

“This class fits the way we like to wrestle,” OSU coach Jim Zalesky said. “We feel we can develop them, build on the skills they already have, and they will add a lot to the room.”

Zalesky said how soon they hit the mat depends on how the current upperclassmen develop, how quickly the newest Beavers adapt to college wrestling, and how hard they’re willing to work.

“They could contribute right away,” he said of the newcomers. “My philosophy is, who does the job in competition” dictates the lineup. “It’s how guys compete.”

Projected 125-pounder Ronny Bresser of Henley High School in Klamath Falls is the most decorated of the seven incoming Beavers.

He is a three-time Oregon high school champion, a two-time USA Wrestling national champion in Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Folkstyle , and an 11-time USA Wrestling All-American in the three styles.

“He’s a three-time state champ in Oregon, a lot of people know about him,” Zalesky said. “He sat out last year to get bigger. He’s fun to watch, he entertaining, people are going to like him.”

Kegan Calkins of Montini Catholic High in Wheaton, Ill., will compete at 125 or 133 pounds. He won the Illinois 126-pound 2A state championship as a senior, was a two-time USA Wrestling Greco-Roman All-American, and was the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman national runner-up at 126 pounds in 2014.

“Kegan is a late bloomer,” Zalesky said. “He came on his senior year after transferring” to Montini Catholic, an Illinois powerhouse with connections to Zalesky and to assistant Kevin Roberts on its coaching staff. “He  has a lot of upside.

“With Pat Rollins being a senior, 125 was a key weight. This class will help solidify that weight class.”

Projected 184-pounder Corey Griego of Sultana High in Hesperia, Calif., was 161-27 overall with 92 falls for the Sultans. He placed second twice and fifth once at the California state tournament, and was a four-time Mohave River League and CIF champion.

He was the champion of the preseason Southwest Kickoff Tournament (the Freak Show), the champion of the Doc Buchanan Invitational, and a three-time placer at the Ironman, a prestigious high school tournament. He was also a three-time Masters champion.

“He’s a grinder, he’s my style of kid,” Zalesky said. “I love the way he wrestles. He’s tough on top, and fits the collegiate style well. He’s still young. He just turned 18 and has a lot of room for growth.”

“This was a big class for us, we had a hole there at 184” with 2014 lettermen Brian Engdahl and Austin Morehead graduating after the upcoming season. “Corey fills a need for us.”

Heavyweight Nathan Sorenson of Kittitas High in Kittitas, Wash., was a two-time Class 1B/2B state champion before taking two years off of wrestling to play baseball at Lower Columbia Community College. He will have three years of eligibility remaining. Kittitas is in Central Washington, near Ellensburg.

Projected 165-pounder Rodney Williams of James B. Castle High in Kaneohe, Hawaii, won the 2014 state title at 170 pounds and took third at the 2013 state tournament.

“He has some ability; once he gets here we’ll see how he does,” Zalesky said.

Windsor, Colo., High graduate Kennen Lanteri was 51-3 and won the 152-pound state championship as a senior in 2013-14. He projects as a 157-pounder. Windsor is a Fort Collins suburb.

“Jordan Henrickson on our team is from Colorado [nearby Loveland], and [OSU letterman] Monty Trusty coached him, so we had a good in with him,” Zalesky said. “He’s a middleweight and we think he’ll develop.”

Another projected 157-pounder, Kjell Thorsen of Grants Pass High in Grants Pass, was a two-time 5A state-tournament placer for the Cavemen, taking fifth and second.

“We had him in camp in 2013,” Zalesky said. “He should add a lot to our room.”

2014-15 Oregon State wrestling recruiting class

Ronny Bresser, Henley HS, Klamath Falls OR (125)

Corey Griego, Sultana HS, Sultana, CA (184)

Kegan Calkins, Montini Catholic HS, Wheaton, IL (125/133)

Nathan Sorenson, Kittitas HS, Kittitas, WA (Hwt)

Rodney Williams, James B. Castle HS, Kaneohe, HI (165)

Kennen Lanteri, Windsor HS, Windsor, CO (157)

Kjell Thorsen, Grants Pass HS, Grants Pass, OR (157)

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