Joshua Esparza
Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Clovis, Calif.

High School:
Clovis HS '08

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 174

Major:
Communication

2008-09: Redshirted... Competed unattached at Menlo Open at 184-pounds and placed second... Finished 2-0 at Best of the West Wrestling Tournament, including 4-3 win over Oregon State's Ben Harris in 174-pound class... Finished 2-2 at San Francisco State Open.

CLOVIS HS '08: Finished 4th at state championships (160 pounds) as a senior, helping Cougars capture state title... Won a combined 87 matches in final two seasons... Won Tri-Valley Athletic Conference title in 2008, then placed 2nd at Central Section and CIF-CS Masters tournaments... Named to Clovis Independent all-city team... Competed for Central Valley Wrestling Association for four years, placing 6th in Greco, 3rd in freestyle in 2005; 5th in Greco, 2nd in freestyle in 2008... Also lettered in track & field, competing in high jump and triple jump.

PERSONAL: Born in Clovis, Calif.... Majoring in communication... Parents are Sonny & Angel Esparza... Career highlights were placing 4th at state championships and helping CHS earn its record-breaking eighth state title... Says few people realize that he can watch professional tennis for hours... Appropriately, lists Rafael Nadal along with Ben Askren as his two sports heroes.