Kassandra Castillo and Sabrina Morua look to provide chemistry as they continue their careers as teammates while competing for the Waldorf University women’s wrestling team.
Castillo and Morua, who are both seniors at Johnny G. Economedes High School, signed letters of intent with the Warriors on March 29.
“Being teammates, we will look for them to come in and push each other to get better as they help push the entire team to get better as well,” Waldorf coach Tyreece Gilder said. “We’re excited to have these two young ladies join us.”
A two-time Class 6A state qualifier, Castillo battled for the Jaguars in the state tournament during her junior and senior seasons. She locked up a fifth-place finish at 148 pounds during the 2017 state tournament. Castillo was a three-year varsity letter winner during her prep career.
Ready to make an impact at the next level, Castillo is honored to have the chance to compete for the Warriors during the next four years.
“It means the world to me to continue my athletic career in college because not only does it make me happy having the opportunity to further my wrestling years, but I know I’m making my family and friends proud,” Castillo said.
Castillo is the daughter of Noe and Maria G. Castillo. She will pursue studies in wellness and business at Waldorf. Castillo said she decided to attend the university because of its size and her positive interaction with the team’s coaches.
“I chose Waldorf University because of its size,” Castillo said. “I’ve always wanted to go to a less populated campus, so I could feel more at home. I also loved how the coaching staff would always keep in touch with me and continued to persuade me to go in their direction and become a Warrior.”
Morua earned varsity letters in each of her four seasons with the Jaguars. She competed at 128 and 138 as a senior and is eager to make the most of her career at Waldorf.
“The opportunity keep wrestling at the collegiate level has been a huge blessing,” Morua said. “I had come to terms with my wrestling career ending once I graduated from high school. However, to have the chance to keep performing and improving my capabilities will not be taken for granted.”
Morua is the daughter of Rosemarie Morua and Ernesto Morua. She plans to study psychology at Waldorf and said the university’s inclusiveness and the ability to develop close relationships with professors led her to pursue a future with the Warriors.
“I chose Waldorf University because of the diverse student population they have,” Morua said. “Also, I know throughout the four years that I attend Waldorf, my professors will have more one-on-one time with students due to the student-to-teacher ratio.”
Castillo and Morua add a boost for the Warriors, becoming the seventh members of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class. They’ll join Orlando, Fla. recruit Karina Prieto; California natives Marlene Hernandez, Taéa Regua, Diana Leyva and Washington commit Akina Yamada next season.