One of California’s and the country top high school wrestlers recently made his college decision — and he’s headed out of state.
Richard Figueroa, a 2018 state champion for Selma High, declared his decision to compete for Arizona State via social media. Figueroa who is a sophomore in high school picked the Sun Devils over an abundant of other college programs that wanted his services.
Figueroa is considered one of the country’s best wrestler at his weight class. The sophomore is ranked No. 1 nationally at 113 pounds, according to Flowrestling and the Open Mat. He is the third Selma wrestler to announce his plans to wrestle Division I after high school – state medalist Jace Luchau and Christian Rodriguez will wrestle next fall at Fresno State.
Recently, Figueroa was the winner at the Super 32 Invitational at 113 pounds. He was also a UWW Cadet World team member as he won the silver medal at the world championships. Figueroa is projected to compete at 125 or 133 for the Sun Devils.