Iowa State head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson announced Friday the addition of New Jersey Prep Championship 130-pound titlist Anthony Valles of South Windsor, Conn., to the 2008-09 Cyclone signing class.
In his senior campaign at Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), the nation’s top-ranked high school team that won both the New Jersey and the national prep school team titles, Valles claimed the 130-pound title at the 2008 New Jersey state prep school championships. He finished as the 130-pound runner at the prestigious Beast of the East tournament and tallied three pins and a major decision en route to a third-place finish at the 2008 National Prep Championships. Valles was the third-place finisher at the 2007 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Invitational.
Blair Academy is a wrestling powerhouse that boasted eight graduates that qualified for the 2008 NCAA Championships.
As a freshman in 2005 wrestling at South Windsor (Conn.) High School, Valles was crowned the 103-pound champion at the Connecticut high school state tournament and was named outstanding wrestler. He also took top honors at 112 pounds at the New England Tournament. In 2006, Valles finished as the 112-pound champ at the National Prep Championships and finished runner-up in the same weight class at the Beast of the East tournament.
Valles is ranked among the top-20 high school grapplers nationally at 130 pounds by Intermat Wrestling. Despite suffering an injury his junior year, Valles finished his prep career with a 117-9 record.
Valles joins Sanderson’s list of future Cyclones for 2008-09 with Andrew Long (Creston, Iowa), Nate Carr Jr. (Gray, Ga.), Eric Thompson (Waverly, Iowa), Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), Ridge Kiley (Eagle Grove, Iowa) and Chris Spangler (Naperville, Ill.).