Thomas Worthington High School senior Kosta Karageorge has signed a scholarship to wrestle at Oklahoma, and it will give him another opportunity to be the best.

Thomas Worthington High School senior Kosta Karageorge has signed a scholarship to wrestle at Oklahoma, and it will give him another opportunity to be the best.

Driven to become a high school state champion, Karageorge spent last summer training with the Belarus Olympic wrestling team. His training paid off as he entered the Division I state tournament undefeated but saw his dream go unfulfilled, losing 2-1 to in the second round to eventual champion Ben Buzzelli of Wadsworth in the heavyweight class. Karageorge finished fifth.

"I was disappointed with my season, but I think this is my time for redemption," Karageorge said. "I mean, who cares about a (high school) state title when you're wrestling in college?"

Karageorge will join one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the nation. The Sooners placed fifth last season at the NCAA Championships, marking the sixth time they've finished fifth or higher at the national championship since 2001.

Last season at Thomas, Karageorge went 40-3, won district, sectional and OCC-Central Division championships and was a first-team all-OCC selection. He was also a member of the ThisWeek Super 12 wrestling team, which is composed of the top 12 wrestlers in the area regardless of weight class or division. He has come a long way since winning six matches as a freshman.

"The sky is the limit for this kid," Thomas coach Jeremiah Webber said. "His heart was set on winning a state title this year and he didn't achieve it. He's very hard-working and I'm excited to see the potential he could fulfill."

Karageorge ultimately decided on Oklahoma after taking an official visit April 16-18 to the campus in Norman. He also considered Iowa, Kent State and Ohio State.

He also received interest from Illinois and Wisconsin.

"I felt the most comfortable there," Karageorge said. "I fell in love with the campus and the coaches, and it just felt right. I knew when I was out there that it was the place for me."