Top-20 Wrestling Matchup Hits Tempe Friday Night
TEMPE - No. 7 Sun Devil Wrestling returns for its home opener on Friday at 7:00 pm. ASU takes on No. 17 Oklahoma at Desert Financial Arena in the final match of the 2021 calendar year. Tickets can be purchased here and the matches can be watched on Pac-12 Insider.
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Senior Associate Director Don Bocchi, who retired from Arizona State after 37 years of service, is being honored at the halftime intermission. Bocchi was a former ASU football assistant coach who went on to oversee six NCAA Championships across two programs and helped hire seven current Sun Devil coaches including head wrestling coach Zeke Jones.
The Sun Devils are also honoring this year's inductees in the Arizona Wrestling Hall of Fame. The 2021 inductees include:
Richard EstradaJay Denton
Last time we were in Desert Financial Arena we wrestled ourselves. This Friday we get to welcome No. 17 Oklahoma ??
Tickets are still on sale, and we're streaming via Pac-12 Insider if you can't make it out! ??
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) November 17, 2021
Last time out
The Sun Devils brought the heat to Appalachian State's Mountaineer Invitational, winning eight tournament titles in Boone, N.C. last Sunday. Brandon Courtney (125lbs), Michael McGee (133lbs), Jesse Vasquez (141lbs), Kyle Parco (149lbs), Jacori Teemer (157lbs), Anthony Valencia (165lbs), Kordell Norfleet (197lbs), and HWT Cohlton Schultz all collected titles after going undefeated, with Vasquez, Teemer, and Norfleet each having to battle through four bouts to get their hardware.
Weekend highlights also included 11 major wins, seven pins, Schultz' three-straight pins, Julian Chlebove beating No. 16 Jared Van Vleet (Air Force), and No. 4 Kyle Parco's #ParcoBomb of Jonathan Millner in the 149 final.
Eight Sun Devils appeared in the most recent InterMat rankings.
- 125 Courtney ranks 4th
- 133 McGee ranks 8th
- 141 Jesse Vasquez ranks 18th
- 149 Parco ranks 7th
- 157 Teemer ranks 4th
- 165 Valencia is ranks 7th
- 197 Norfleet is ranks 7th
- HWT Schultz ranks 4th.
Oklahoma has 10 ranked wrestlers accoridng to InterMat Wrestling: 125 Joey Prata is 22nd, Tony Madrigal is ranked 8th at 133, just below the Sun Devil's McGee. 141 Dom Demas ranked at 6, 149 Mitch Moore is 17th, 157 Justin Thomas is 13th, 165 Joe Grello is 28th, 174 Anthony Mantanona is 25th, 184 Darrien Roberts is 25th, Jake Woodley comes in at 9th at 197, and HWT Josh Heindselman is 25th.
We jumped up a spot to No. 7 in this week's poll. Climb to No. 1 continues. ?? https://t.co/gfE7RfMQdX
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) November 16, 2021
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See You Next Year!
Following the Oklahoma meet, the Sun Devils will compete at the Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyoming on Sunday, November 28th. The Oklahoma meet will be the last time the Sun Devils compete at home in 2021 before their next home invitational on Jan. 30, 2022, against Oregon State. Get your tickets here.