UC Davis wrestling signs three to National Letters of Intent.
May 15, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. - Aggie head wrestling coach Lennie Zalesky has announced the signing of high school seniors Joey Wilson of Half Moon Bay High, Joe Mount of Chico High and Matt Zonfrello of College Park High in Pleasant Hill to National Letters of Intent during the current signing period.
"I'm happy with all three of these student-athletes," said Zalesky. "We believe they will fit in well with the team and each of them have huge upsides. All three have good athletic ability and are dedicated to both the sport and their academics. They will all have impacts on the program in the future."
Wilson, who owns a career record of 150-36 as a prep wrestler, finished his senior campaign with an overall record of 48-4 and a third-place finish at the CIF State Championships in the 152-pound division. Along the way, Wilson took first in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) and Central Coast Section (CCS). For his efforts he was named the conference's Most Outstanding Wrestler as well as the Winter Wrestler of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal. Overall, Wilson owns four PAL titles (152, 140, 130, 119) along with two runner-up finishes in the CCS. Wilson also ran cross country as a freshman and helped his team finish first in league and second at the sectional meet.
"He is very athletic and has a good mind-set for the sport of wrestling," said Zalesky. "I believe he will be a great addition to our program. He's got a great work ethic and will continually progress and get better because of it. He'll be good for us in the future."
Mount, who wrestled at 160 pounds during his senior season, also finished third at the state championships. During his career, Mount was a two-time Eastern Athletic League and Northern Section champion in 2006 and 2007, and a four-time National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) All-American. Mount also served as the team captain for his Chico High team for three years.
"(Mount) showed tremendous will at the state championships by rebounding from an early round loss to finish third," said Zalesky. "He has a very unorthodox style, which makes him hard to wrestle against. He's very tall and has great hips and a good upper body. He's comparable to Derek Moore in his style and physique. He'll be fun to work with."
Zonfrello rounds out the recruiting class and also brings success with him as an accomplished heavyweight at the prep level. As a senior, Zonfrello won both the Diablo Foothills Athletic League and North Coast Section championships as well as finishing fifth at the state championships. Zonfrello showed growth in his senior year as he improved on a second-place showing in league and a seventh-place finish at the sectionals as a junior. Zonfrello also competed on the Pleasant Hill Wrestling Club for four years.
"Zonfrello is a very athletic heavyweight," said Zalesky. "He's got a good frame and I think he will continue to improve and provide us with a solid heavyweight. We really recruited athleticism and potential this season."
UC Davis wrestling had one of the most successful seasons in program history last season. Overall, the Aggies had school-best finishes at Pac-10s and nationals while boasting their first-ever national champion in Moore.
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