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Knowles Set to Join Wrestling Program after Signing National Letter of Intent
"Nick comes from one of the most successful programs in the state of California. There are over 800 wrestling program in the state of California with only one state tournament," commented Castro. "Coming out of that state as a place winner is a noteworthy accomplishment."
Knowles is a four-year letterwinner from Calvary Chapel High School in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he posted a 113-44 record (72.0 winning percentage).
Knowles started his high school varsity career by recording an 18-20 record as a freshman, followed by a 20-10 mark during his sophomore campaign.
During his final two seasons of high school competition, Knowles won nearly 85 percent of the times he took to the mats, starting with a 36-8 mark as a junior, capped off by a career-high win total with a 39-6 record as a senior.
As a senior, Knowles placed third at the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions and fourth at the Five Counties Invitational, a tournament which featured the top teams from California, Nevada and Florida.
Knowles concludes his final year at Calvary Chapel by becoming a CIF champion, a Southern Section Masters sectional champion and a fourth-place finisher at the California state tournament.
"I competed for a Christian high school and before I heard about Liberty, I always wondered why there weren't any Christian Division I wrestling programs," stated Knowles. "I really wanted to continue my wrestling career and education at a place where I could be continuously growing in the Lord. I was so excited to see a young team use their gifts from God to glorify His name."