Menlo wrestling program signs heavyweight from Nevada


Menlo College wrestling coach Joey Martinez announced Thursday a key acquisition to his latest recruiting class, signing Carson High standout Brady Rivera.

A dual-sport star, Rivera was a two-time regional champion and four-time state meet participant on the mat and was a three-year starting defensive lineman on the football team.

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The Menlo College softball program announced a pair of signings for next season on Thursday. The Oaks will welcome transfers Jessica Madison and Bailey Gaspar, teammates at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, which announced in January that it was closing its doors after being purchased by University of Iowa.

"It is unfortunate that their time at AIB was cut short but I believe they will flourish here at Menlo College," softball coach Michell Vlahos said. "I am excited to welcome Jessica and Bailey to our Oak Family."

Gaspar is a native of Vancouver, Wash. and will join the Oaks as a sophomore next season. As a true freshman middle infielder at AIB, Gaspar has started all 29 games, hitting .382 with six home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI.

She played her prep softball at Mountain View High School in Vancouver where she started all four years and was a three-time first team all-conference performer.

She was named to the all-region and all-state teams and was the conference player of the year while serving as the team captain. She plans to major in business Entrepreneurship at Menlo College.

A two-way player who will join the Oaks as a junior next season, Jessica Madison has appeared in 27 career games at AIB, pitching in seven of those. She has struck out five in seven innings and has eight career hits, two of which went for extra bases.

A native of Hoquiam, Wash., Madison attended Hoquiam High School where she was a four-year letter winner and was named first team all-league as a third baseman in 2011 and 2012, then was named an all-conference pitcher in 2013 when she also served as the team captain. She plans to major in Marketing at Menlo College.

AIB is an NAIA school that plays in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC). They are 13-19 this season.

"It is great to add the experience that Bailey and Jessica bring in being that they both already know what is expected to play at the NAIA level," noted Vlahos.

— Menlo Athletics


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