Brandon Griffin (No. 3 @ 182) Aims for Fourth State Title
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Brandon Griffin (No. 3 @ 182) was 6 years old and in the first grade at Salem’s Swegel Elementary School when he saw a promotional flier for a local wrestling program.
“At that point in my life, I was just trying out every sport that there was, basically,” Griffin said.
He decided wrestling appealed to his competitive spirit and his relentless work ethic.
Eleven years later, Griffin is a senior at Sprague High School, with a chance this season to win his fourth consecutive Class 6A individual state championship for the Olympians.
“This year, most of my individual goals are about getting ready for college where I hope to become a four-time NCAA All-American,” said Griffin, who signed a letter of intent last month with Lehigh University, the East Coast powerhouse in Bethlehem, Pa. “Winning another state championship … that’s part of it. And that’s going to happen if I’m doing the right things.”
In his first three seasons with Sprague, Griffin was 132-2 while winning state titles at 160 pounds as a freshman, 171 pounds as a sophomore, and 189 pounds as a junior.
This season, he’s 6-0 and is ranked third nationally at 182 pounds heading into next week’s Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno where he expects to face top-ranked Nikko Reyes from Clovis (Calif.) West High School.
“Brandon is definitely a student of the game,” Olympians coach Kary Hadden said. “He’s one of these guys who is out there working hard in the spring and summer, trying to better his craft. He’s constantly trying to improve something in his game ”
Griffin honed his mat skills at Canby’s All-Phase Wrestling Club and Eugene’s Churchill Wrestling Club, but has spent more time outside the state in recent years, seeking tougher workout partners and stiffer competition.
For Complete Article by Jim Beseda, The Oregonian
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