Tagle signs to wrestle at OSU

Scott Swanson

Of The New Era

Sweet Home wrestler Trevor Tagle has signed a letter of commitment to compete for Oregon State University next year.

Tagle, who graduated with the Class of 2006, will walk on with the team, the first Husky since 1999 to sign with the Beavers. Kevin Lummus, TJ Paul, Clint Sieminski and Chad Zurcher were the last Sweet Home wrestlers to commit to OSU.

“He’s not getting a scholarship,” said Sweet Home head wrestling coach Steve Thorpe. “I’m excited for him and very proud of him. I’m excited for what he’s going to accomplish.”

Tagle has wrestled on the varsity since his first match for Sweet Home, Thorpe said. He is the 2006 state 3A champion at 140 pounds and placed third in 2005 at 135 pounds. He has an overall record of 107-46 with 30 falls. As a senior he was 43-3 with 19 wins by fall. He is also a two-time district champion and twice was a runner-up at districts.

He was the state junior freestyle and Greco runner-up this year after placing third twice in Greco and once in freestyle.

Tagle also played football and baseball for the Huskies, making the all-Capital Conference team in those sports.

He was named the Booster Club Male Athlete of the Year in May.

Tagle said he’s not sure what weight he will be wrestling at when he joins the Beavers.

“I’ll probably wrestle at 149 or something like that,” he said. “There are some good guys ahead of me at that weight.”

He said OSU wrestling coach Jim Zaleski has told him he wants him to room with other wrestlers in the dorms and that Tagle will have a chance to work his way up.

Tagle said he had a scholarship offer from Southern Oregon University, but decided to walk on at OSU.

Tagle, whose high school GPA was 3.18, said he wants to major in sports and exercise science.

“I want to become a sports trainer or physical therapist,” he said.