It's official: M-S wrestler David Griffet signs with Minnesota State

Mahomet-Seymour High School senior student/athlete David Griffet has signed with Minnesota State University to continue his wrestling career.

"I felt that MSU was the best fit for me," Griffet said. "My parents and I really liked the coaches and the facilities. The whole campus atmosphere felt like a bigger school, but not too big."

A four-year varsity letter winner for the Bulldogs, Griffet finished his prep wrestling career fourth all-time in the storied history of M-S in pins with 77.

He collected 841 career team points and 131 career takedowns.

He is a two-time Bulldog Award Winner, a three-time IHSA Class AA regional finalist (first in 2016, second in 2017 and first in 2018), a 2018 sectional champion and a three-time state qualifier.

He finished his senior season with a 45-7 record and placed second in the individual state wrestling tournament at Champaign's State Farm Center.

He also is a three-time all-conference selection (Apollo Conference first team at 285 pounds in 2018, Corn Belt Conference second team at 220 pounds in 2017 and Corn Belt Conference second team at 220 pounds in 2016).

Griffet was recently named to The News-Gazette 2017-18 All-Area Wrestling Team, and competing at 220 pounds, he also won the 2016 Cadet Illinois Greco-Roman state championship.

The Greco-Roman state title automatically qualified Griffet for the Fargo Nationals at the Fargodome in North Dakota.

Griffet was an integral part of a Bulldog program that won Class AA regional team titles each of his four years and made an AA Elite Eight appearance in 2017-18.

The News-Gazette ranked the Bulldogs No. 3 in the area last season, behind Prairie Central and Clinton.

Located in Mankato, Minn., Minnesota State is an NCAA Division II school that competes as a member of the Northern Sun Conference.

While under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Jim Makovsky, the Mavericks' program has produced 11 national champions and 89 NCAA Division II All-Americans.

"They are serious about wrestling, but they still feel like a family rather than a business," Griffet said. "We have similar goals and I like that."

The long distance from Mahomet does not bother him much.

"It is pretty far away, but even if I was close I don't think I would be able to come home often because I will be busy with wrestling and school," Griffet said. "I plan to go into the law enforcement program and it is really good and will prepare me for my future after college."

In honor of Griffet's accomplishment, Mahomet-Seymour High School hosted a reception on April 25 in the high school community room.

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