BUIES CREEK – Taylor McGiffen (Alton, Ill.) has signed a national letter of intent to study and wrestle at Campbell University in the 2012-13 academic year. McGiffen carries a 3.1 GPA at Alton High School, where he has been a runner-up and third-place finisher in the Illinois state wrestling championships.
"We are really excited that Taylor will be with us next season," CU head wrestling coach Joe Boardwine said. "He's a great kid with a true passion for training and competing. He really wants to be great and he is willing to do what it takes to get there. The last two seasons he has really turned it up with his training and competing nationally and has had some excellent results."
McGiffen competed at 182, 189 and 215 pounds while in high school, and he projects to compete at either the 174 or 184-pound weight classes in college. He finished 47-2 at Alton High this past season, with his only losses coming to #2 nationally-ranked and University of Iowa signee Sammy Brooks. McGiffen was the eleventh-ranked wrestler at 182 pounds according to the InterMat rankings this past year. He has been a two-time NHSCA All-American, including a national runner-up finish at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in 2011 at 189 pounds.
"Taylor already has a college style of wrestling and a great framework that we can build upon in terms of technique and strength," Boardwine added. "We think he could come in and be a factor right away - fighting for a starting position and then putting up points on the board for Campbell."
McGiffen joins Eric Montoya in the 2012 Camel recruiting class. Campbell finished fourth during the team's inaugural season in the Southern Conference in 2011-12 and placed five wrestlers on the all-freshman team.