EL PASO, Texas – Valerie Gonzalez brings hard work and commitment to the Waldorf College women's wrestling team.
Gonzalez, a senior at Ysleta High School, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on March 12.
"Valerie will bring a strong work ethic and a very positive attitude to the program as she adds more depth to our lightweights," Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said.
A four-year varsity letter winner at Ysleta, Gonzalez wrestled at 119 pounds and 128 pounds as a senior. She served as a team captain for the Indians during her final two seasons.
Gonzalez earned third place at 119 in the 2014 Class 5A district tournament and was the 2015 district runner-up. She's looking forward to furthering her success as she joins the Warriors in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) for the next stage of her career.
"Having the opportunity to wrestle at a college level is an honor and a privilege," Gonzalez said. "I get to do something I have so much passion for while attending college."
Waldorf's roster currently features three wrestlers from Texas. Gonzalez is the fourth Lone Star State grappler and ninth member to join the Warriors' 2015-16 recruiting class.
The daughter of Janice Rodriguez and Jesus Chavez, Gonzalez will pursue a criminal justice degree at Waldorf. She opted to join the Warriors because of the college's inviting environment and academic and athletic offerings.
"I chose Waldorf College for its criminal justice program and its amazing wrestling program," Gonzalez said. "I also chose Waldorf for its wonderful staff and the warm welcoming from Coach Gilder."