ATHERTON, Calif. – Coming off a season that featured six All-Americans on the Women's Wrestling team, the recruiting season is in full swing for Menlo College. Head Coach Joey Bareng has just announced three signees that will surely help Menlo build on their strong finish from one season ago. Taryn Ichimura, Alexa Christoforatos, and Sara Aguillar will be attending Menlo following their graduation from high school this spring.
Taryn Ichimura comes to Menlo from Hawaii, where she wrestled as part of the Interscholastic League of Hawaii. While in high school, Ichimura was a three-time IHL Champion and never finished lower than third place in state, finishing as the runner-up on two different occasions. She also continues the tradition of a strong rapport between Menlo College and athletes from Hawaii. Ichimura, on her signing with Menlo, stated "I am honored and excited to be wrestling and continuing my education at Menlo. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to the next four years!"
Alexa Christoforatos is the second signee announced at this time, and she is from Palo Alto High School, where she has been wrestling. Her success on the mat is quite impressive, and she has been a two-time state qualifier and a Central Coast Section (CCS) Champion. In addition, her national recognition comes from being a California USA runner-up and a National All-American, where she finished eighth. "I'm super stoked about starting my future at Menlo," Christoforatos exclaimed. "I'm ready to crush it in class and on the mat with my new Menlo family. There's no place that embodies the academic and athletic excellence that prepares students for success like Menlo College!"
Sara Aguilar is the third and final freshman announced during this string of three individuals, and like Christoforatos, she also wresltes at Palo Alto High School. Teammates during a rebuilding year for the wrestling program, Aguilar has been a vital part of the team's turnaround, and has seen a lot of individual success. She is a two-time Central Coast Section (CCS) Champion and finished fourth place at state in her most recent appearance. In 2017, she was a national runner-up for folkstyle, which is primarily what is taught in high school and at the collegiate level, meaning she is certainly ready to take the next step. In a statement, Aguilar said "I'm really grateful for the opportunity to continue my education and wrestling career at Menlo!"