ASU Wrestling Inks Three Standouts to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 15, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Three successful high school wrestlers have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and athletic careers at Arizona State University, Head Coach Thom Ortiz announced Wednesday. Kyle DeBerry (Tucson, Ariz.), Jesse Robbins (Oviedo, Fla.) and Vincent Varela (Rio Rancho, N.M.) will join the program in time for the 2007-08 academic year with the Sun Devils.

'I am very pleased with the level of talent, ambition and drive Vincent, Kyle and Jesse all will bring to our program,' Ortiz said. 'All three are hard workers and will play a big role in our attempt to win another national title. These three individuals bring a lot of success both with their high school teams and on the national level and I look forward to seeing what each can accomplish for the Sun Devils.'

All three student-athletes bring a wealth of experience and success to the program as they have combined to win six state titles and accumulate five high school All-America honors.

Varela, who competes for Rio Rancho High School, is regarded as one of the top recruits this year with InterMat ranking him as the No. 18 recruit in the nation overall. Both Amateur Wrestling News and WIN Magazine have Varela ranked No. 2 in the national high school rankings at 135 pounds heading into his senior season. A three-time New Mexico state champion, Varela recently placed third at the NHSCA Junior Nationals after dominating his state meet with three wins by fall, including a fall in 4:27 in the finals.

A native of Arizona, DeBerry continues to build on the tradition of Sunnyside High School, the same school that produced Sun Devil Coach Ortiz, a three-time All-American, and Assistant Coach Eric Larkin, a four-time All-American and 2003 NCAA Champion. DeBerry, coached by his father, Bobby DeBerry, is the No. 45 recruit in the nation according to InterMat and enters his senior season as the No. 3 (WIN Magazine)/No. 4 (AWN) ranked wrestler at 160 pounds after winning three state titles in a row, including the 152-pound crown last year. A high school All-American, DeBerry recently took runner-up honors at the Junior Greco-Roman and sixth place at the Junior Freestyle Nationals.

In a program that has seen several brothers compete together, the signing of Robbins will add another to the list as Jesse will join his older brother, Jason Robbins, on the team next season. Ranked No. 101 by InterMat, Jesse enters his senior season as the No. 6 wrestler in the nation at 171 according to WIN and will look to help Oviedo High School to its ninth-consecutive Florida state title this season. A three-time third-place finisher in Florida, Robbins has excelled in Greco-Roman competitions, twice winning national titles.