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Garza Heading To Michigan State University
OHS senior wrestler Ceasar Garza will attend Michigan State next fall. Photo Contributed

Celebrated Oakdale High School wrestler Ceasar Garza has committed to furthering his education and wrestling career upon graduation in 2022. Garza is currently ranked number one in the state of California and seventh in the United States at his 170-pound weight class. Earlier this summer Garza decided that he is taking his talents to Michigan State University where he will wrestle for the Spartans.

“It was a choice I made because they had the best family atmosphere, the best coaches and teammates I could ask for. The campus is beautiful and I think I can fit in there and help out the program,” Garza explained. “My coach Rodger Chandler is a good guy. He cares about his wrestlers, he thinks of us as more than wrestlers; he helps shape young student-athletes into responsible young men for the real world as well.”

Garza is looking forward to attending college but knows his senior year at Oakdale High School is very important as well.

“I need to stay focused. Nothing is promised and I have learned that over the last year. You never know what can happen. During the pandemic I would keep in shape and stay busy and prepare for wrestling,” he pointed out. “My junior year was taken from me and I am looking forward to having a senior year.”

During his time at Oakdale High School, Garza has made it to the CIF State tournament and placed there. This year his goal is to win the whole thing.

“There would be no better way for me to go out, than as a state champion.”

Garza acknowledges those who have supported and mentored him to reach this milestone in his life.

“So many people have helped me get to where I am. I will always carry their wisdom with me. I want to thank Coach Steve Strange, my youth coaches, my teammates over the years, my family and the Lord,” Garza said.

The Mustang standout ultimately chose Michigan State but had offers from several schools including Wyoming, Iowa State, Bucknell and North Dakota State.