The Sherwood senior will wrestle at Southern Oregon

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DOTTED LINE -- Sherwood High School senior Ryan Jurgens signs to wrestle at Southern Oregon University. SHERWOOD — Ryan Jurgens had plenty of options.

He was just waiting for the right fit.

He thinks he found it.

And he recently made his choice official.

Jurgens, who graduated from Sherwood High School on Friday, signed a letter of intent on June 10 in a ceremony at the school to wrestle for Southern Oregon University.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Jurgens said. “It’s really awesome to realize that I did well enough to get the opportunity to wrestle for a really good school.”

Jurgens said that he considered seven other schools, mainly private colleges, that made offers to him, with all of those schools located anywhere from the midwest to the east coast. But it was the university located in Ashland that ended up having what Jurgens was hoping for.

“I’m going to major in music and theater,” he said. “And they have a great program for that. It’s always good to consider your education. And they have a very good wrestling program.”

Jurgens admits that the combination of wrestling with a music and theater major is unusual.

“That throws the coaches a curveball,” Jurgens said with a laugh. “I don’t know how the schedules will work, but we can figure it all out.”

Jurgens will be joining a Southern Oregon team that has had plenty of success.

Last year, the Raiders placed fourth in the team standings at the NAIA national championships.

“I’m going to have to wrestle against elite guys every day,” Jurgens said. “That will push me to get better.”

Getting better is something Jurgens did during his time wrestling for the Bowmen.

He’s placed at the Class 5A state tournament at 195 pounds in each of the past three seasons.

As a sophomore he placed fifth in the state at that weight. As a junior, he moved up a spot to finish fourth at the state tournament at that weight.

And, this year, as a senior, he moved up a spot again, earning third place at 195 pounds at the Class 5A state tournament.

He’s also been the Northwest Oregon Conference district champion at 195 pounds the past two years.

In addition to his accomplishments on the wrestling mat, Jurgens also played a key role for the Sherwood football team that reached the Class 5A state championship game.

Jurgens has also been involved in the Sherwood High School A Capella music group for the past three years. He has also been a concert choir member the past two years, earning all-state honors. He also played Lazar Wolf in the school’s spring production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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