Ricky Padilla of Air Force transfers to Fresno State

RICKY PADILLA (Air Force, Northview HS, S)

TCW Bear LogoAccording to close sources at Fresno State, 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) champion Ricky Padilla, will be joining the Bulldogs this upcoming semester.

Padilla will be immediately eligible to wrestle for the Huskers as a redshirt junior in 2018-19. He is expected to graduate from Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in business management in the fall of 2020.

A native of San Dimas, Ca., Padilla has a career record of 22-11 in two seasons competing for the Falcons. In 2016 he was one of two wrestlers competing for the Falcons to claim an NCWA Championship.

Padilla prepped at wrestling powerhouse Northview High School in Covina, California. He was a state placer in 2015 after having claimed a Southern Section Masters title at 160-pounds.

Padilla is expected to challenge for the 165-pound weight class and challenge such wrestlers as Isaiah Hokit, Beau Colombini, and Brandon Martino.