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Wrestling Heads to Pac-12 Championships

Feb 27, 2021

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Sun Devil wrestling team will begin postseason action this weekend as the team heads to Corvallis, Oregon to compete at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday, February 28. The conference championships will take place at Gill Coliseum with the first round getting underway at 12:30 p.m. MST.

"We're excited and grateful that we get to wrestle at the Pac-12 Championships. We're getting to do what we love to do and excited about competing for a championship," head coach Zeke Jones said. "Our goal is to go out and wrestle hard and have some fun."

ASU will be competing among six programs for a chance to take home the Conference Championship on Sunday. The field includes Cal Poly, CSUB, Little Rock, Oregon State, and Stanford.

The Sun Devils find themselves at No. 6 in the Intermat Division I tournament, while six ASU wrestlers can be spotted among the top-10 in multiple national ranking outlets: Brandon Courtney (No. 3), Michael McGee (No. 8), Anthony Valencia (No. 5), Kordell Norfleet (No. 4) and Cohlton Schultz (No. 5).

Sun Devils in 2021 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships

125- #3 Brandon Courtney (9-0)(first round bye)

133- #8 Michael McGee (6-0)(first round bye)

141- Julian Chlebove (5-4 ) vs. Luciano Arroyo (Stanford)

149- Cory Crooks (5-3) vs. Kalani Tonge (CSUB)

157- #12 Jacori Teemer (4-1) vs. Joey Bianchi (UALR)

165- #5 Anthony Valencia (8-0)(first round bye)

174- #20 Trey Munoz (4-1)(first round bye)

184- Cade Belshay (3-5)(first round bye)

197- #4 Kordell Norfleet (7-0)(first round bye)

HWT- #5 Cohlton Schultz (10-0)(first round bye)

^Rankings from Intermat

EVENT SCHEDULE

The event, which begins at 12:30 p.m. MST, will be available to watch on live streams provided by Oregon State. Those streams can also be found on the Pac-12 Now app on smartphones and tablets. Round two will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.

The championship rounds will close out the day at 7 p.m., and will be available to watch live on the Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app. A familiar face will be on the call Sunday, former Sun Devil wrestler and 2011 NCAA National Champion Anthony Robles.

HOW TO WATCH

Round 1:

- Mat 1: https://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university

- Mat 2:  https://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university-2

Round 2:

- Mat 1: https://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university

- Mat 2: https://pac-12.com/live/oregon-state-university-2

Championships:

https://pac-12.com/wrestling/event/2021/02/28/pac-12-championships-final-round

NCAA COACHES POLL 

In the second edition of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll, Arizona State was one of four schools to have a wrestler ranked in all 10 weight classes (NC State, Ohio State, and Penn State). Among the 10 ranked wrestlers, five were ranked in the top 10 and three were in the top five.

Brandon Courtney came in as the No. 4 wrestler for the 125-pound weight class. On the season, the redshirt junior finished with a 9-0 record, including six wins via major decision and one technical fall victory. The reigning Pac-12 Champion has his sights set on retaining his Championship status.

Three-time Pac-12 Champion Anthony Valencia is ranked the No. 4 wrestler in the 165-pound weight class. In the regular season, Valencia finished with an 8-0 record and tied for a team-high two pinfall victories. With a first place finish on Sunday, he will become the third Sun Devil wrestler all-time to win four Pac-12 Championships.

Kordell Norfleet was the final Sun Devil wrestler to rank inside the top five, coming in at No. 4 in the 197-pound weight class. Norfleet was stellar in the regular season with an undefeated 7-0 season. Three of his wins came via technical fall and two pinfall victories. The two-time Pac-12 Champion has his eyes set beyond this Sunday, with a National Championship in his sights.

Redshirt-freshman standout Cohlton Schultz has been excellent throughout the season. He finished with the most wins on the team at a 10-0 record, including wins over multiple top ranked wrestlers in the heavyweight division. He is currently the sixth-ranked wrestler in the 285-pound weight class.

Old Dominion transfer Michael McGee has become a household name in Tempe this season. Another wrestler with an undefeated season at a 6-0 record. Four of his wins came via major decision. The redshirt junior looks to qualify for his third NCAA Championships and add a Pac-12 Championship to his résumé.

Jacori Teemer was a new entrant into the rankings this week after being left off last week. He currently sits at No. 20 after a 4-1 record in the regular season. Teemer has his sights on winning his second consecutive Pac-12 Championship.

The other ranked Sun Devils include Pete Lipari (No. 25 in 141), Cory Crooks (No. 31 in 149), Trey Munoz (No. 19 in 174), and Cade Belshay (No. 31 in 184). 

PAC-12 ALLOCATIONS

Out of all Division I conferences, the Pac-12 has the second-fewest allocations (9) for the upcoming NCAA Championships in St. Louis, making it one of the toughest roads to getting to the biggest stage in college wrestling. The Big Ten (66) holds the most out of any conference, followed by Big 12 (35), Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (35), Mid-American (25), ACC (23), Pac-12 (9) and Southern (3). The weight class conference champion in each qualifying tournament will earn an automatic qualifier to the national championships. Each conference was awarded additional pre-allocations based on the five-year average (2016-20) of pre-allocations earned by the conference in each weight class. Here is a look at allocations per weight class for the Pac-12: 125 – 1, 133 – 0, 141 – 1, 149 – 1, 157 – 1, 165 – 1, 174 – 1, 184 – 1, 197 – 2, 285 – 1

SCHULTZ NOTCHES FIRST PAC-12 WoW 

Redshirt freshman Cohlton Schultz was named Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week for the first time in his Sun Devil career after his performances over the weekend against No. 13 Iowa State and Northern Iowa. On Feb. 14, Schultz wrestled arguably his most complete weekend of the season as he went 2-0, knocking off two top-10 opponents to end the regular season undefeated with 10 victories. On Sunday, the Parker, Colorado, native's match against No. 5 Gannon Gremmel would be the ISU dual's deciding factor. Schultz's overtime-win by an escape point gave the Sun Devils a 20-15 victory over the Cyclones and was his second career top-10 victory. Later in the afternoon Schultz closed out the showing against UNI's heavyweight wrestler No. 6 Carter Isley. The Sun Devil earned a quick takedown to lead the bout and went on to defeat Isley with a 4-0 decision.

UP NEXT
Following this weekend's Pac-12 Championships, the Sun Devils will prepare for the biggest week of the season as they get set for the NCAA Championships on Mar. 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri at Enterprise Center – home of the St. Louis Blues

RANKED PAC-12 WRESTLERS
NCAA:

125

  • Brandon Courtney (ASU) 4

  • Jackson DiSario (STAN) 27

  • Brandon Kaylor (OSU) 30

133

  • Michael McGee (ASU) 7

  • Devan Turner (OSU) 22

  • Jason Miranda (STAN) 24

  • Paul Bianchi (Little Rock) 26

141

  • Grant Willits (OSU) 15

  • Peter LiPari (ASU) 26

  • Lawrence Saenz (Cal Poly) 28

149

  • Legend Lamer (Cal Poly) 10

  • Jaden Abas (STAN) 16

  • Cory Crooks (ASU) 31

157

  • Requir van der Merwe (STAN) 13

  • Hunter Willits (OSU) 14

  • Jacori Teemer (ASU) 20

165

  • Shane Griffith (STAN) 1

  • Anthony Valencia (ASU) 4

174

  • Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) 16

  • Trey Munoz (ASU) 19

184

  • Ryan Reyes (OSU) 27

  • Cade Belshay (ASU) 31

197

  • Kordell Norfleet (ASU) 3

  • JJ Dixon (OSU) 30

285 (HWT)

  • Cohlton Schultz (ASU) 6

  • Nathan Traxler (STAN) 22

Intermat:

125

  • Brandon Courtney (ASU) 3

133

  • Michael McGee (ASU) 8

141

  • Grant Willits (OSU) 15

149

  • Legend Lamer (Cal Poly) 13

  • Jaden Abas (STAN) 18

157

  • Jacori Teemer (ASU) 12

  • Hunter Willits (OSU) 14

  • Requir Van der Merwe (STAN) 15

165

  • Shane Griffith (STAN) 2

  • Anthony Valencia (ASU) 5

174

  • Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) 19

  • Trey Munoz (ASU) 20

197

  • Kordell Norfleet (ASU) 4

285 (HWT)

  • Cohlton Schultz (ASU) 5