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Originally published: 2014-04-17 18:08:25
Last modified: 2014-04-17 18:10:21

Kostis officially signs with App State

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's state champion wrestler won't have to travel far to wrestle in college.

Demetre Kostis signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Appalachian State Thursday in the Watauga High School library.

Kostis won the 132-pound weight class state championship in the 4-A division. He beat Garrett Hinson of Fayetteville Jack Britt 2-1 in the finals in Winston-Salem.

 He became the first Pioneer to win a state wrestling championship since Travis Coffey and Jacob Earp won state titles in 2006.

Kostis, who was pursued by North Carolina State and Gardner-Webb, said he was happy the recruiting process is over.

"It's a big relief to get it off my back," Kostis said. "I'm ready to start a new career wrestling in college and hopefully be as successful there as I was in high school."

Kostis follows in the footsteps of his brother Savva Kostis, who wrestled at Appalachian State from 2008-12 at 149 pounds. He finished 10th on the Appalachian State career wins list with 82. He also won all-Southern Conference for three seasons, and was the Northwestern Conference's Most Outstanding Wrestler his senior season in 2007.

Savva Kostis is not the only member of the family to wrestle at App State. His father, George Kostis, and his uncle, Jim Kostis, wrestled at Appalachian State.

Demetre Kostis said his family allowed him to make up his own mind about becoming a Mountaineer.
"I knew that they've got a great wrestling program," Demetre Kostis said. "I've been around it for many years watching my brother wrestle there. I love the atmosphere it's around, and it's close to home. I've always wanted to go there and follow in my family's footsteps."

Demetre Kostis was the NWC's Most Outstanding Wrestler this season. He finished the year with a 56-1 this season and 106-3 in his last two seasons. His career prep record was 174-21.

It was the first time Kostis had reached the finals in four tries. He had a tough match in the semifinals, but grabbed a 5-4 win over Kollin Wade of Cary.

Kostis said he would study either sports science or criminal justice. As far as his wrestling goes, he said his goals were high at App State.

"I have high expectations for me," he said. "I'm ready to move on and have a good career."

His coach at Watauga, Todd Allen, said one of Kostis' biggest talents is his coachability.

"They are going to get a very hard worker," Allen said. "He's a 'yes sir, no sir' type kid. He does what he's told and that will be a good fit for them. If he puts the work in, he's going to be a very good college wrestler."

Allen also said Kostis is an aggressive wrestler who isn't afraid to go on the attack with his opponents.

"He's very quick and very strong," Allen said. "If he opens up, he'll do very well."