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Alaska State Champion Slated to Join Flames

April 24, 2008
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Alaska state champion Andrew Wilson has signed a national letter of intent to join the Flames wrestling program next year.

Alaska state champion Andrew Wilson has signed a national letter of intent to join the Flames wrestling program next year.

Liberty University Head Wrestling Coach Jesse Castro has signed his second state champion to a national letter of intent for the 2008-09 academic school year, as Andrew Wilson will be joining the Flames wrestling roster next season.

"Andrew is arguably one of the most accomplished wrestlers ever to have signed with the Liberty wrestling program," stated Castro. "He is a Cadet All-American, NHSCA national junior champion, and ranked as high as No. 6 in the country at 215 pounds. He is an Academic All-American, who seems to fit into the mission of our program perfectly."

Wilson just recently finished off his four-year career at East Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska, with a 106-8 record (93.0 winning percentage).

As a freshman, Wilson posted an 18-4 record, despite spending a majority of the season as a part of the swim team. The following year, he placed third at the state tournament, accumulating a 22-3 record along with way.

Wilson continued to improve as a junior, posting a 31-1 record, with his only loss coming in the state championship title bout, as he finished with a runner-up trophy that year.

The high school heavyweight capped off a stellar prep career by going undefeated as a senior, posting an unblemished 27-0 en route to claiming the 4A state title.

Wilson's accolades list includes being named to the USA Wrestling Cadet All-America team, claiming the NHSCA 2007 Junior National Championship at 215 pounds and being ranked No. 6 by WIN Magazine in January 2008.

The true definition of a student-athlete, Wilson currently holds a 3.89 GPA and ranks No. 22 in his class of 497 students at East Anchorage. The grappler, who will wrestle at 197 pounds for Liberty, has been duly honored for his efforts in the classroom, as he has been named a high school Academic All-American.

Wilson is a versatile athlete, competing also for East Anchorage's football and swimming programs. He was a second-team all-conference selection at quarterback, ranking No. 5 in the state in total yards.

Wilson is a part of three relay teams for East Anchorage that won state high school swimming and diving championships. Personally, he played second at the state tournament in the 50-yard freestyle, and helped the East Thunderbirds swim program capture it's first-ever championships.

Wilson is the second state champion to sign with Castro this signing period. Earlier this week, Liberty announced the signing of Sam Rakes, a three-time Virginia state champion at 152 pounds.