Gaven Jolley pins down his college choice
SHERWOOD — There wasn't much left for Gaven Jolley to accomplish at the high school level.
The Sherwood High School senior has been a four-year standout for the Bowmen wrestling team, winning three Class 6A state championships.
Now, he's ready to test his skills at the next level — and he made that official on Monday.
Jolley will be taking his mat prowess south to Corvallis, as he signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Oregon State University.
"I was super excited today," Jolley said after signing his letter of intent in front of friends and family during a ceremony at the school. "This whole day has been awesome. I was really excited for it."
And he's also excited for his future collegiate wrestling career with the Beavers.
"It's really nice to see that all of the hard work for the last four years has paid off," Jolley said. "This has been the goal since Day 1. Going to Oregon State is always what I wanted to do."
And, Jolley added, Oregon State definitely was the right place for him.
"I like the coaches, the team, and the team bonding," he said. "They have a good team with a solid background. It was Oregon State the whole way."
Jolley finished off his Sherwood High School wrestling career in style, winning the Class 6A state championship at 126 pounds as a senior. He got a 9-7 decision victory over Newberg's Micah Worthington in the title bout.
That victory made Jolley a three-time Class 6A state champion. As a freshman, he claimed a state title at 113 pounds. Two years ago, as a sophomore, Jolley won state gold at 120.
Jolley's one and only loss at the Class 6A state tournament, and it was only a loss of sorts, came his junior year, when he was disqualified during a 126-pound semifinal bout.
Jolley finished his four-year high school wrestling career with a final overall record of 126-10.
"It's where I developed everything," Jolley said of his wrestling career at Sherwood. "I wrestled with my brothers (Halen, a 2016 Sherwood graduate, and Dallen, a Bowmen sophomore) as teammates. The coaches have been great. It's been a good experience, and I'm glad I got to compete here."
And, as for his future at Oregon State, Gaven Jolley isn't going to mess with success.
"I'm going to have to keep doing the same thing — work hard," he said. "That's what wrestling is all about. I'm going to be doing camps throughout the summer to start getting ready."
Oregon State had a 5-8 dual match record during the 2018-19 season. The Beavers went on to place third in the team standings at the Pacific-12 Conference championships and they placed 20th at the NCAA championships.