Aaron “Mateo” Olmos, a standout 160-pounder from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., and Boise State 165-pound transfer Billy Bigelow have signed to wrestle at Oregon State, coach Jim Zalesky announced Thursday.
They will join the team for the 2017-18 season. Olmos is from Imperial Beach, Calif.; Bigelow is from Las Vegas.
Olmos placed third at the CIF state tournament in March. He won individual titles at the El Dorado Invitational, El Cajon, Five Counties and Holtville Rotary tournaments, and took fourth at the Doc Buchanan Invitational.
He also went 2-2 at the Walsh Ironman in Akron, Ohio, considered the toughest high school tournament in the country.
Olmos began his career at Mar Vista HS and was the 2015 CIF Division III champion at 145 pounds as a sophomore. He sat out his junior year after transferring to Mater Dei, but then placed sixth at Flo Nationals.
He was the 2015 Flo Nationals national champion at 157 pounds and the 2015 Vegas Freakshow Wrestling Tournament 160-pound champion.
Bigelow will have immediate eligibility as a redshirt sophomore because Boise State dropped its program after the 2016-17 season. He began his college career at Cal Baptist.
Bigelow went 1-4 as a redshirt freshman at BSU last season after redshirting as a true freshman at Cal Baptist.
He wrestled at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas and won the 2015 Nevada state title. He was a two-time team captain, a two-time Southern Nevada regional champion, a prep All-American and a member of the Nevada all-state academic team at Faith Lutheran.
Olmos and Bigelow join a 2017 signing class that already includes two signees from Clackamas Community College: Colt Doyle, a 174-pounder from Lakeside, Calif., who graduated from Poway High School, and 141-pounder Kurt Mode, a graduate of Crook County High School in Prineville.
Also signing in November were twins Hunter (152) and Grant (126) Willits of Pueblo County High School in Pueblo, Colo.
Doyle won the 2017 NJCAA national title; Mode placed third. Grant and Hunter Willits each won 2017 Colorado 4A state championships. Hunter was a four-time state champion; Grant won three state titles.