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Bressler will wrestle at Oregon State

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

Kyle Bressler is staying about as close to home as possible. The Decatur senior verbally committed this week to attend Oregon State University on a wrestling scholarship in the fall.

“It’s close and my family will be able to watch me wrestle,” Bressler said. “They are an up-and-coming program and they only have one senior and one junior on their roster.”

Oregon State, located in Corvallis, along with Portland State, are the closest wrestling schools to Federal Way. There are no Division I universities in Washington that offer wrestling as a sport.

“We are happy with the decision, as you might guess,” said Mike Bressler, Kyle’s dad and the wrestling coach at Decatur.

Bressler, who sports a 3.97 grade-point average and wants to major in construction management, ended his three-year high school wrestling career with an amazing 111-6 record and a pair of 189-pound state championships. He finished fifth as a sophomore. As a junior and senior, Bressler ended the two-year run with a 71-1 record, including a 40-0 senior season that culminated with an 11-3 decision over Emerald Ridge’s Brynsen Brown last month at the Mat Classic.

Bressler also took visits to Stanford and Columbia and cancelled trips to Portland State and Boise State after committing to OSU. He visited the Corvallis campus three weeks ago.

“I went to a couple classes and hung out with the guys,” Bressler said. “They have their own (wrestling) stadium and they have a lot of stuff that is getting redone.”

Bressler will officially sign his National Letter of Intent with Oregon State on April 14 and his wrestling scholarship will cover approximately 82 percent of his education, he said.

“(The recruiting process) was cool at first,” Bressler said. “But it got a little stressful. When I would get home at night there would be three different numbers on the caller ID. I’m glad its over. There was a lot of stress in picking a school.”

Oregon State wrestles in an amended Pac-10 Conference, which includes schools like Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State-Bakersfield and Portland State, along with Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon. The Beavers tied for 42nd at this month’s NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis and finished third in the Pac-10 — behind Boise State and Stanford.

Bressler is one of the better athletes in the state. During the fall, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and was an all-state middle linebacker in football and is a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Decatur soccer team. A run which includes two Class 4A state championships in 2001 and ‘02.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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