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Pac-12 announces Wrestler of the Week

Jan 15, 2020

Zahid Valencia, Arizona State
(RSr., 184 – Bellflower, Calif.)
• Valencia went an impressive 4-0 on the week, helping guide the Sun Devils to their first 8-1 start since 2007.
• Opened the week with a win over Ohio State’s Gavin Hoffman, 19-5 at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.
• Valencia and the Sun Devils made history Saturday as they hosted the first college wrestling event at a professional ballpark with a quad meet at Chase Field in Phoenix. He opened the quad meet with his seventh fall of the season as he defeated Harvard’s Michael Doggett (2:55), then followed with back-to-back major decision defeats over No. 15 Andrew Morgan of Campbell and Nol 14 Marcus Coleman of Iowa State.
• With his second win on Saturday, Valencia surpassed Anthony Robles to set the record for most career bonus-point victories in program history with 93.
• The two-time defending national Champion is 17-0 this season, with 16 of his 17 wins coming by bonus points.

Pac-12 Championships: The 2020 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships will take place Saturday, March 7 in Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University. Tickets available at

This Week in Wrestling:
Fri., Jan. 17 – Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m. MT (ASU live stream)
Fri., Jan. 17 – Stanford at Cal Poly, 6:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Jan. 18 – Stanford at Life Pacific, 2 p.m. PT
Sat., Jan. 18 – Stanford at Cal Baptist, 6 p.m. PT

InterMat Team Rankings: No. 6 Arizona State; No. 21 Stanford

InterMat Individual Rankings:
125 – No. 11 Brandon Courtney, ASU
133 – No. 20 Devan Turner, OSU
141 – No. 8 Real Woods, Stanford
149 – No. 18 Requir van der Merwe, Stanford
165 – No. 6 Josh Shields, ASU; No. 7 Shane Griffith, Stanford
174 – No. 10 Anthony Valencia, ASU
184 – No. 1 Zahid Valencia, ASU
197 – No. 6 Nathan Traxler, Stanford; No. 12 Thomas Lane, Cal Poly; No. 15 Kordell Norfleet, ASU
HWT – No. 6 Tanner Hall, ASU

Date Wrestler
Jan. 8 Real Woods, STAN
Jan. 15 Zahid Valencia, ASU