Aug. 25, 2014 BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State wrestling head coach Greg Randall announced the signings of seven student-athletes, Monday. Keavon Buckley
(Bozeman, Mont.), Harley DiLulo
(Meridian, Idaho), Gabriel Gonzalez
(Fresno, Calif.), Chris Nile
(Forsyth, Mont.), Josh Reyes
(Portland, Ore.), Chili Sabin
(Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Jake Velarde
(Poulsbo, Wash.) are each enrolled for the first day of school, and are joining the team for the 2014-15 season.
The signings are in addition to those that were previously announced: Michael Cook (Kuna, Idaho), Matt Findlay (Sandy, Utah), Colton Grossaint (West Valley City, Utah) and Geordan Martinez (Peyton, Colo.).
Buckley, projected at 184 pounds for the Broncos, went 40-1 as a senior for head coach Nate Laslovich at Bozeman High School, winning a state championship at 195 pounds in Montana's AA classification. He was also a member of the Bozeman state championship football team during his final prep campaign.
Gonzalez, projected at 197 pounds with Boise State, finished runner-up at the CIF State Championship while competing at 220 pounds for head coach Ryan Stockton and Washington Union High School. He went undefeated through the regular season before falling in the championship match, and also placed fifth at the state tournament as a junior.
DiLulo captured 5A Idaho State Championships as a junior and senior at Meridian High School for head coach Brad Muri. Projected at 184 or 197 pounds for Boise State, DiLulo concluded his high school career with a record of 106-34, including a 64-7 mark his final two seasons. He captured three-straight 5A District Championships, and in addition to his two state titles also finished third as a sophomore. He earned three letters in lacrosse and two more in football.
Nile, a two-time state champion in Montana for head coach Scott Weber, is projected at 165 pounds for Boise State. While at Forsyth High School Nile captured back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior, going a combined 108-0 with 80 pins during the two seasons. He was named Most Outstanding Wrestler as a junior, and Wrestler of the Year for Montana by the National High School Coaches Association as a senior. Nile combined for a 195-14 record with 122 pins during his high school career. Also a standout on the gridiron, Nile earned two letters in football, and was named all-conference both his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected to the Montana All-Star Game following his final prep campaign. A member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council President, Nile also earned three letters in golf.
Reyes, projected at 141 pounds for the Broncos, was a three-time state champion at Parkrose High School for head coach Bobo Umemoto. He finished runner-up at the 2014 National High School Finals/Senior Nationals at 138 pounds after winning his third-straight state title in Oregon. The four-year letterwinner was a perfect 37-0 during his final prep campaign, and concluded his career with an overall record of 142-3, losing only once each as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Reyes was also a three-year letterwinner in football at Parkrose.
Sabin, projected at 184 pounds for the Broncos, was a four-year letterwinner at Bonney Lake High School for head coach Anthony Clarke, going 33-0 en route to the state title in his final prep campaign. All but two of his victories were by pin or technical fall, and he was named the Athlete of the Year by the Tacoma Athletic Commission, finishing his career with a record of 127-22. Sabin finished second at the state tournament as a junior, and third as a sophomore. During his junior season he also captured titles at the Freestyle State Championship and the Northwest Freestyle Championship, and at the Tucson Cadet Regionals as a sophomore.
Velarde, originally from North Kitsap High School, redshirted at Old Dominion last season and is projected to wrestle at 141 pounds for Boise State. He went 11-12 while competing unattached for the Monarchs. During his prep career Velarde captured four state championships and was named All-America by InterMat, ranking 12th nationally at 138 pounds.