Nov. 24, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis head wrestling coach Lennie Zalesky announced recently that Oak Ridge High School standout Kyle West has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2009-10 season. West is currently ranked third nationally at 140 pounds among high school wrestlers by WIN-Magazine.
"I belive Kyle is the highest nationally-ranked wrestler to sign with UC Davis," said Zalesky. "He comes in at a weight we'll need next year. He's got a great, agressive style. He's going to fit in real well with us and I think he's going to have a great career."
West, who enters his senior season with an overall record of 144-14, has placed no lower than fourth at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships during his prep career. His highest finish came last year as a junior when he was runner-up while battling through an injury. His junior year also featured a Sac-Joaquin Master's title and a second Division II Sac-Joaquin Section and Sierra Valley Conference title. He also helped lead Oak Ridge to a league and Division II section title last season.
West won a state title in Greco Roman as a freshman and earned a third-place showing at 135 pounds during the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Junior Nationals en route to All-America status. West was also a Cadet All-American as a freshman and finished fith at junior nationals.
Off the mat, West volunteers his time as a leader of a youth group for his local church and travels to Mexico every spring to help build houses for homeless families.
UC Davis has now signed a total of seven state place-winners in the past two seasons.