Barlow Mick Dougharity finished his high school career with a dominating senior season, going 29-1 and pinning all four of his state tournament opponents to claim the 220-pound prep title.
He hopes that the arm raising is just beginning after signing earlier this spring with Oregon State University - one of the West Coast's most storied programs and the reigning Pac-12 champions.
'He's grown a lot of the last couple years,' Barlow coach David Head said. 'He understands that being in that room will be difficult, but if he survives it, he'll find success.'
Dougharity also looked at offers from The Citadel, Washington State and Colorado before deciding to sign with an in-state program.
'The school was a good fit,' Dougharity said. 'It's close to home for my parents, but still far enough away for me to be on my own.'
He has stayed busy since the prep season wrapped up in February, Dougharity has traveled out of state to compete in a series of national-caliber tournaments. He won the heavyweight division at the Reno Worlds with a 10-0 decision in the title bout, and he defeated a 280-pounder from Illinois to win the Greco-style Concord Cup in California.
The latter was probably his most impressive performance, and the one that shows he'll be ready when he makes the move to the top of the Beavers' weight ladder. Dougharity wrestled at 220 pounds this past high school season, but has since packed on about 20 pounds to his frame, putting him halfway to his goal of wrestling around 260 in college.
'I'm working out a lot, lifting every day and eating five or six times,' Dougharity said. 'I'm still getting used to going up against bigger guys, and a style that has less movement. But the major change will be getting to that different intensity level that's in the room when you get to the college level.'
Look for extended coverage, along with other local signings, in the June 2 edition of The Outlook.