High School Wrestling

The Dirty Dozen: California

original photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com

While there are no doubt many states that offer up some of the toughest competition in the country, today’s Dirty Dozen focuses on a state that may well have the most challenging state tournament to win in the country.

That would be single-class California, which produces bundles of talent year after year, with this year being no different. The Golden State has talent up and down the coast, with names like Wick and Valencia highlighting the recent surge. 

Home to some of the nation’s premier programs, we take a deeper look today into California’s top talent in 2019-20. 

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1) Richie Figueroa - Selma - 2021

College Choice: Arizona State

Projected College Weight: 125 lbs.

National Rankings: No. 1 at 113, No. 2 in the Class of 2021

Figueroa made an early commitment to the Sun Devil after a taking home a silver medal in his appearance at Cadet Worlds last summer. This should come as no surprise as Figueroa has long been coached by Ruben Valencia, the father of current ASU wrestlers Zahid and Anthony Valencia. 

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