Charlo's Petersen signs with Arizona State


It was a big day for a Montana wrestler on Tuesday as Jacen Peterson made things official by signing his letter of intent to compete in the PAC-12 next season for Arizona State.

The Charlo High School senior had community and school members on hand for support as an assembly was held for Peterson to sign his letter of intent to join the Sundevils wrestling program.

"I guess it quite hasn't hit me yet," said Petersen on Tuesday. "But just the thought that I will be wrestling and it will be on national television is kind of what stands out the most. That is a big deal. It's pretty exciting, but I don't think it's quite hit me all together yet."

Petersen plans to wrestling in the 165 pound weight class and was the only ASU recruit at that weight.

With both family and wrestling ties in the area, Petersen said Arizona State was an easy choice. A decision made easier after receiving a 30-percent athletic scholarship.

After two straight state championship and undefeated seasons in high school, Petersen says his newest athletic goal is to wrestle varsity as soon as possible and start scoring points for the ASU program.

"My main goal is to be varsity as soon as I can so I can score points for their dual team. It was my main objective in the first place. I want to be All-American and I know I will work hard enough, but there are pretty tough kids."