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Anthony Valencia Will Headline 74 kg Men's Freestyle Championship

Oct 10, 2020

CORALVILLE, Iowa –Arizona State redshirt senior Anthony Valencia (47 kg) earned four hard fought wins in four rounds of Men's Freestyle at Senior Nationals Saturday to capture a position in the 47 kg championship while Sun Devil alumni Tanner Hall will compete in the heavyweight weight championship Sunday afternoon. 

Valencia put on a thriller in the semifinals and defeated Wisconsin Badger No. 2 Evan Wick by a 10-8 superiority with two seconds remaining in the second period. The bout was led by Wick before Valencia flipped the tables to acquire four points.    

Tomorrow he will face first-seed wrestler and Michigan University alumni, Logan Massa. 

Last season, his teammate and brother Zahid Valencia was crowned champion of the 86 kg weight class as A. Valencia captured fifth place in 47 kg.

Valencia earned a first round bye before he pummeled his opponent---holding him scoreless in the round of 32. The third-seed wrestler was challenged by Hayden Hidlay of North Carolina State, but with an early lead Valencia held on throughout the bout for a 13-9 victory to cement his position in the semifinal match. 

Four other Sun Devils competed in Saturday's competition of men's freestyle, including fifth-seed Hall who won on four superiorities. In his semifinal win over one-seed Dominique Bradley, Hall earned two passivity points. 

Redshirt juniors Brandon Courtney (57 kg) and Austin Clayton (86 kg) both lost in the round of 32 for their prospective weight classes while redshirt sophomore Alex Torres made (74 kg) his exit in the round of 64. 

Fans will have the opportunity to watch Valencia's championship match via, with live results on FloArena. Coverage gets underway at 8 a.m. MST for the men's and women's freestyle.

Remaining Weekend Schedule (Times in CDT):

Sunday, October 11th

Medical and Weigh-in - Scratch + 2KG 

Men's Freestyle- All weights

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Session V- (2 Mats)

Men's Freestyle- All weights

Consolation, Consolation Semifinals, 3rd Place, 5th Place and 7th Place

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Session VI - (1 Mat)

Men's Freestyle- All weights

Championship Finals

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Sessions and schedule subject to change