photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com
Tuesday morning, the top 113 lber in the nation, Richard Figueroa (Selma, CA) made his college choice public when he announced that he would be attending Arizona State University. Figueroa’s commitment keeps a hot streak going for the Sun Devils, who have recently received a verbal from four-time New York state champion Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor, NY), in addition to the top recruit in the Class of 2019, Cohlton Schultz (Ponderosa, CO).
Since taking fourth at the Walsh Ironman, the first week of last season, the sophomore Figueroa has been untouchable domestically. He won the Zinkin Classic, the Doc Buchanan, and the Five Counties in the regular season, before becoming a California state champion at 106 lbs. Richard then went on to win FloNationals and dominated the field at the UWW Cadet Freestyle World Team Trials in Akron. He only gave up three points overall in six matches. At the Cadet World Championships, Figueroa went on to earn a silver medal competing at 48 kg. This fall, Richard was invited to FloWrestling’s Who’s #1, where he edged Jacob Decatur (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, OH), a senior that finished the 2017-18 season ranked number one at 106 lbs, 1-0. Most recently, Figueroa won the Super 32 at 113 pounds, an improvement of one spot on the podium from his freshman year. His Super 32 belt was earned by beating Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton, NY), previously the top-ranked wrestler at the weight.
Arizona State Zeke Jones already has monster recruiting class coming in with the Class of 2019, but he has already begun assembling wrestlers for the 2020 and 2021 classes. Check out on the recruits at TOM’s College Commitment Page.