The 197-weight class at the California state tournament this past season was a stack one with three grapplers ranked top 20 in the country by most wrestling outlets. Nevertheless, despite not being the top-ranked wrestler in the state, Tony Andrade displayed the heart of a champion and accomplished a feat he was working for throughout his career – to be a CIF state champion.
Thanks to the help of his family and coaches like Matt Corona, who worked with him arduously, Andrade was blessed to have acquired a state title and signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
“I choose Northeastern Oklahoma A&M due to their outstanding tradition of helping their athletes become NJCAA champions,” said Andrade “I hope to win a national title and transfer to Oklahoma State and compete for John Smith and his staff.”
Andrade hopes to study Sociology and become a social worker in the future.
“Competing in college has always been a dream of mine; however, my priority is to obtain my degree and go back to my community and become a mentor for the future generation.”
Andrade has been recruited to compete at 197-pounds and help NEO win another national championship. During the 2017-18 season, NEO advanced all ten varsity wrestlers to the NJCAA National Championship and ran away with the championship after finishing with 147.5 points for its third wrestling national title in program history.