No. 9 @ASUWrestling Heads to Ames for Quadrangular Competition
AMES, Iowa-- After snapping a seven-match losing streak in McCasland Field House, the No. 9 Sun Devils (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) will look to continue their road success when they head to Ames, Iowa for a quadrangular competition with No. 6 Iowa State, No. 15 Missouri, and Northern Iowa at the Hilton Coliseum Sunday, January 17th.
The day will begin at 1 p.m. (MST) with the Sun Devils facing the Cyclones (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) on ESPN +. Following their first match, Jones' squad will take the mat for a second time at 3 p.m. against Northern Iowa (2-0, 2-0 Big 12) and it will be streamed live on YouTube. ASU will conclude the quad meet against the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) at 5 p.m. and is available for free on Rokfin.
HOW TO WATCH:
Fans can follow along all day using the respective links for each match.
Match 1 vs ISU: https://es.pn/3oDuV5k
Match 2 vs UNI: https://bit.ly/2LSmc0Q
Match 3 vs Mizzou: https://bit.ly/3oIdSPG
Following the scheduled quad meet, there will be extra individual matches for each program. Due to the unusual schedule this season, the teams agreed to additional matches with the goal to help individual wrestlers reach the minimum amount of matches needed to participate in and/or qualify for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. These will not be streamed on the broadcast.
No. 6 Iowa State
Last January the Sun Devils faced Iowa State at Duals on the Diamond at Chase Field in Phoenix where ASU closed out the tri-dual with a 21-12 victory over the Cyclones. Kordell Norfleet helped ASU secure the win with a major decision over Joel Shapiro giving the Sun Devils an extra-point. ASU currently has a four-match win streak over ISU, but the Cyclones lead the overall series 28-9.
Arizona State holds a 6-2-1 record all-time against Northern Iowa. The last time the two programs faced off was at the Virginia Duals in 2018, defeating the Panthers 24-16 en route to their first win to their first ever Virginia Duals win.
No. 15 Missouri
ASU owns a 4-1 record all time against Mizzou. Last season, the Sun Devils traveled to Columbia where they defeated the Tigers, 21-13. At 174, Anthony Valencia posted his 9th bonus-point win of the year after picking up a major over Connor Flynn to help increase the early lead. In this match, Arizona native Brandon Courtney picked up his ninth major of the year.
WHO TO WATCH:
This weekend the Sun Devils will have a tough slate with multiple top-10 individual matchups.
Last year's Pac-12 Champion in the 125-pound weight class, Brandon Courtney, is set to hit the mat against ISU's Alex Mackall and Mizzou's Connor Brown. Mackall, the 9th-ranked wrestler in the weight class, was a Second-Team NCAA All-American last year and has won all three of his matches via pinfall this season. Brown, the former Wisconsin transfer, went 10-3 in his first season with the Tigers last year.
Redshirt junior Michael McGee has started his career in the Maroon and Gold with two consecutive victories. His techniques on the mat will be put to the test this weekend as he will take on Jack Skudlarczyk of Northern Iowa and Matt Schmitt of Missouri. Skudlarczyk was a three-time Texas State Champion in high school before joining the Panthers in 2017. Schmitt, a former captain for the West Virginia Mountaineers, transferred to Mizzou this year and has won three straight matches.
The Sun Devils lone graduate transfer, Peter Lipari will take on the No. 5 wrestler in the 141-pound weight class, Ian Parker of ISU. Parker has won two of his matches this season via major decision and is coming off a 22-3 record last season.
Long Beach native Jacori Teemer will face one of his tougher opponents on the season as he takes on ISU's David Carr in the 157-pound weight class. Carr is ranked third in the weight class as he has won two matches by technical fall this year and was a NCAA First-Team All-American last season.
Teemer will also battle a familiar foe - Missouri's Jarrett Jacques. Last year, Teemer defeated the two-time NCAA Championships qualifier last season after he took an early lead in the bout and fended off Jacques till the very end to earn his first top-20 victory as a Sun Devil.
Senior Kordell Norfleet will also be matched up with two ranked opponents this weekend in the Cyclones' Yonger Bastida and Tigers' Rocky Elam. Bastida, No. 16 in the 197-pound weight class, competed at the U23 World Championship at 92 kg, bringing home a Bronze medal for Cuba as a freshman.
Norfleet will finish the day against Missouri freshman Elam who is undefeated in two matches this season. While being recruited, the now-Tiger was the nation's No. 10 pound-for-pound recruit according to TrackWrestling.
Rounding out each dual is former No. 1 pound-for-pound recruit in the nation and redshirt freshman, Cohlton Schultz. Schultz will take on three top-15 opponents with the first coming against the Cyclones. Gannon Gremmel is a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier, Second-Team All-American and is currently the ninth ranked heavyweight in the country.
Schultz will then clash with No. 13 Carter Isley of Northern Iowa, who has won more than 20 matches in each of the past two seasons. His weekend will end on the mat against Mizzou's Zach Elam. Elam is currently ranked eighth in heavyweight and went 16-2 last season, winning 10 matches via pinfall.
POTENTIAL MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
No. 9 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Iowa State
125: #5 Brandon Courtney (4-0) vs. #9 Alex Mackall (3-0)
133: #9 Michael McGee (2-0) vs. Zach Redding (3-0)
141: Peter Lipari (1-1) vs. #5 Ian Parker (3-0)
149: Cory Crooks (2-1) vs. Cam Robinson (3-0)
157: #10 Jacori Teemer (2-1) vs. #3 David Carr (3-0)
165: #5 Anthony Valencia (2-0) vs. Isaac Judge (1-2)
174: #17 Trey Munoz (1-0) vs. Julien Broderson (2-1)
184: Cade Belshay (2-1) vs. #9 Sam Colbray (0-0)
197: #6 Kordell Norfleet (3-0) vs. #16 Yonger Bastida (3-0)
HWT: #11 Cohlton Schultz (3-0) vs. #9 Gannon Gremmel (3-0)
No. 9 Arizona State vs. Northern Iowa
125: #5 Brandon Courtney (4-0) vs. Brody Teske (2-0)
133: #9 Michael McGee (2-0) vs. #14 Jack Skudlarczyk (1-0)
141: Peter Lipari (1-1) vs. Drew Bennett (0-2)
149: Cory Crooks (2-1) vs. Triston Lara (2-0)
157: #10 Jacori Teemer (2-1) vs. Cayd Lara (0-2)
165: #5 Anthony Valencia (2-0) vs. Patrick Schoenfelder (2-0)
174: #17 Trey Munoz (1-0) vs. Lance Runyon (2-0)
184: Cade Belshay (2-1) vs. Keegan Moore (2-0)
197: #6 Kordell Norfleet (3-0) vs. Tyrell Gordon (0-2)
HWT: #11 Cohlton Schultz (3-0) vs. #13 Carter Isley (2-0)
No. 9 Arizona State vs. No. 15 Missouri
125: #5 Brandon Courtney (4-0) vs. #19 Connor Brown (3-1)
133: #9 Michael McGee (2-0) vs. #17 Matt Schmitt (3-1)
141: Peter Lipari (1-1) vs. #13 Allan Hart (4-0)
149: Cory Crooks (2-1) vs. #3 Brock Mauller (5-0)
157: #10 Jacori Teemer (2-1) vs. #14 Jarrett Jacques (4-0)
165: #5 Anthony Valencia (2-0) vs. #19 Peyton Mocco (4-1)
174: #17 Trey Munoz (1-0) vs. Sean Harman (4-1)
184: Cade Belshay (2-1) vs. #19 Jeremiah Kent (5-0)
197: #6 Kordell Norfleet (3-0) vs. #19 Rocky Elam (2-0)
HWT: #11 Cohlton Schultz (3-0) vs. #8 Zach Elam (4-1)
^Rankings are from InterMat Wrestling
After the quad meet in Ames this weekend, the Sun Devils will travel to Orem, Utah to face Utah Valley on Saturday, Jan. 23. Arizona State holds a 5-1 record against the Wolverines. The match will be televised on the WAC Digital Network and the time will be released at a later date.