Troy Artiles, a student at Seminole Ridge High School, recently signed a four- to five-year guaranteed wrestling scholarship with Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, Mo.
Missouri Valley is the same school that three-time Heavyweight National Champion Bobby Lashley attended. Artiles will be joining his older brother, standout wrestler Ryan Artiles (157 weight class), a SRHS alum.
Last year, Ryan was the first wrestler in school history to sign a wrestling scholarship. SRHS is starting to produce top wrestling talent. Hall of Fame coach Frank Lasagna and Andrew Bradbury, a two-time College National Champion wrestler, are lifting Seminole Ridge to a high level in FHSAA wrestling. Artiles will wrestle for Missouri Valley Vikings head coach Mike Machholz, coach Pat Giangrosso and heavyweights coach Travis Ewart.
Artiles earned several accomplishments during his time at SRHS. In 2011, he was named the Palm Beach County heavyweight JV wrestling champion as a freshman. In 2013, he was the FHSAA Class 3A District 9 heavyweight district wrestling champion, a FHSAA wrestling state qualifier, the USA Wrestling (FAWA) Florida State Champion 285 Juniors, the AAU Wrestling (Disney Duals) All American and the Seahorse Open Wrestling heavyweight champion.
In 2014, Artiles was ranked No. 1 by scout.com at the Heavyweight FHSAA Class 3A Championship, named the Palm Beach County heavyweight wrestling champion, the FHSAA District 10 heavyweight wrestling champion, the FHSAA Region 3 heavyweight wrestling champion and a FHSAA Class 3A heavyweight state placer (the first in Seminole Ridge history).
In football, Artiles is a two-time all-county member, selected by the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel, as well as a two-time all-conference member. In 2014, he was part of the Nike All-Star Selection. He also participated in the Palm Beach County vs. Martin County football all-star game.
ABOVE: Troy Artiles (center) signs his letter to play at Missouri Valley.