Jun 14, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly wrestling coach Jon Sioredas and his staff have doubled the size of the 2017-18 recruiting class with the addition of five more high school student-athletes.
The quintet — four from California high schools and the other from Montana — signed a National Letter of Intent or have accepted an offer of admission to continue their wrestling and academic careers at Cal Poly, Sioredas and Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman announced Thursday.
The list of signees is led by two-time Montana state champion Trae Vasquez from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont.
Vasquez claimed the 113-pound state title as a freshman, capping a 22-1 season, and the 120-pound championship to complete a 41-0 sophomore campaign. He was second in the state finals at 132 as a junior and missed his senior season due to a knee injury in football suffered while making a tackle on a kickoff return.
Vasquez (pictured below at left) made 46 tackles in seven games as a cornerback and free safety, also notching nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
In wrestling, Vasquez is a two-time Fargo All-American and United World Wrestling cadet runner-up at the World Team Trials.
With a 4.00 grade-point average, the all-state free safety and five-time track and field state placer plans to major in kinesiology at Cal Poly with a goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
The California high school recruits, listed alphabetically:
Uriel Beristain (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei High School) — A two-time state qualifier, Beristain placed third in the Flo Reno-Worlds and sixth at the Doc Buchanan Invitational at 170 pounds.
Cameron Ghoddoucy (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley High School) — Ghoddoucy placed first in the 2017 Pat Lovell Coast Classic, 2017 Clovis World Challenge, 2018 East Bay Athletic League and CIF-North Coast Section Masters Meet and claimed top honors in the 2016 Puma Classic. The 170-pounder was 38-6 as a senior and earned over 130 varsity wins.
Benny Martinez (San Diego, Calif./Eastlake High School) — Martinez placed in the top 16 at the 2018 California state finals as well as in the Fargo junior freestyle tournament at 126 pounds.
Dylan Miracle (Madera, Calif./Madera South High School) — Miracle placed fifth in the California state finals at 170 pounds last March. He also was seventh in the High School Nationals, was a four-time state meet qualifier and was selected to compete in the ORCA all-star wrestling tournament in Ashland, Oregon. Miracle won four County/Metro Athletic Conference individual championships in three different weight classes and also won the Chukchansi Invitational championship twice at 170 pounds. Miracle has a 4.2 GPA and plans to major in business administration.
The five wrestling student-athletes who signed in November, listed alphabetically, include:
Bronson Harmon (165 Pounds), Oakdale High School, Oakdale, Calif.
Jake Ryan (149 Pounds), Oakdale High School, Oakdale, Calif.
Hunter Sparks (125 Pounds), Roseburg High School (Roseburg, Oregon)
Nathan Tausch (184 Pounds), Poway High School, Poway, Calif.
Bernie Truax (141 Pounds), Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista, Calif.
Photo of Trae Vasquez courtesy of the Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, Montana)