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Eight Wrestlers Compete in UWWJ and U23 Nationals

Nov 12, 2020

OMAHA -- Eight current Sun Devil wrestlers will get set to compete in the United World Wrestling Junior and U23 Nationals this weekend (Nov. 13-15) in Omaha, Nebraska at the Convention Center at CHI Health Center hosted by USA Wrestling.

The event was originally to serve as a 2020 World Team Trials event for both age-groups, but is now slated to serve as a 2021 World Team Trials qualifier. Each division will feature all three Olympic styles (men's freestyle, women's freestyle and Greco-Roman). 

Fans can expect to watch 2019-20 NCWA Second Team All-Americans Kordell Norfleet and Jacori Teemer, Cory Crooks, Cade Belshay, Brandon Courtney, Julian Chlebove, Cleveland Belton, and Jesse Vasquez throughout the three-day event. 

The winners in each weight at the UWW U23 Nationals will secure a bid to the 2021 World Team Trials. The winners in each style of the UWW Junior Nationals will earn a bid to the 2021 World Team Trials and the 2021 Junior World Team Trials, if age eligible.

Fans will have the chance to watch the action this weekend, as it will be streamed live on Flowrestling.org with live results on FloArena. Coverage gets underway with Greco-Roman at 9 a.m. MST on Friday. 

Event Schedule (MST Time):

Friday, November 13
Session 1:
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - U23 Greco-Roman, UWW Junior Greco-Roman and UWW Junior Women
Session 2: 
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - U23 Greco-Roman, UWW Junior Greco-Roman and UWW Junior Women

Saturday, November 14
Session 3:
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM - U23 Women, U23 Men's Freestyle and UWW Junior Freestyle    
Session 4: 
3:00 PM to 8:30 PM - U23 Women, U23 Men's Freestyle and UWW Junior Freestyle

Sunday, November 15
Session 5:
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM - U23 Women, U23 Men's Freestyle and UWW Junior Freestyle  
Session 6: 
2:30 PM to 5:00 PM - U23 Men's Freestyle and UWW Junior Freestyle


Student-Athletes in the U23 and UWW
Events

Cory Crooks: R-Sr., 5-9, 141 lbs.
Last season: 

  • Went 2-2 at the Pac-12 Championships, finishing third at 141 lbs.
  • Appeared in 7 of 17 duals
  • Earned first dual win of the season against Mckendree's Charles McNeal in ASU's first home match of the year
  • Finished fifth at 141 lbs. At the Journeymen Classic

Cade Belshay: R-Sr., 197 lbs.
Last season:

  • Went 0-2 at 2020 Senior Nationals in 87 kg Greco-Roman

Brandon Courtney: R-Jr., 125 lbs.
Last Season:

  • Went 1-2 at 2020 Senior Nationals in 57 kg Men's Freestyle

Julian Chlebove: R-Fr., 5-6, 133 lbs.
Last Season:

  • Ranked No. 25 in preseason poll by Trackwrestling at 141
  • Earned a second place finish at 133 lbs. At Edinboro Open

Kordell Norfleet: Sr., 197 lbs.
Last Season:

  • NCWA Second Team All-American
  • Won the title at 197 lbs. At the Pac-12 Championships, marking his second conference title in three seasons
  • Became the 14th Sun Devil all-time and fourth consecutive ASU wrestler to be named Outstanding Wrestler at the Pac-12 Championships
  • Selected as a nine seed at 197 lbs. for the NCAA Championships
  • Topped Penn State's #3 ranked Kyle Conel, 10-4 to help lift ASU past the #1 team in the nation and become the first team to beat the Nittany Lions since 2015 

Cleveland Belton: R-Fr., 5-8, 133 lbs.
Last Season:

  • Redshirted

Jacori Teemer: R-So., 157 lbs.
Last Season:

  • NWCA Second Team All-American
  • Won the 157 lbs. Title at the Pac-12 Championships
  • Qualified for NCAA Championships, earning a nine seed at 157 lbs.
  • Took down three top-25 wrestlers during the season

Jesse Vasquez: Fr.,