#3 Arizona State Set for Collegiate National Duals
TEMPE - One of the hottest tickets on the schedule is finally here - The Journeymen Wrestling Collegiate Wrestling Duals. No. 3 Arizona State is one of eight top-25 teams heading to the campus of Northwest Florida State College for the two-day tournament. Competitions runs Dec. 20-21 in a two-pool tournament series that'll see ASU lineup against No. 2 Penn State, No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 9 Cornell, No. 22 UNI and Hofstra, with the Sun Devils opening their tournament Monday against Hofstra at 11 a.m. MST/noon CT before taking on the Hokies at 1 p.m. MST/2 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the action via Rokfin (subscription and PPV required), with live results via Tournaflex.
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The National Duals are split into red and blue pools with no crossover possibilities. Both pools open the tournament with simultaneous competition running all day Monday on two separate mats. Medal rounds then begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday with each pools' 5th/6th place matches, followed by 3rd/4th place matches at 3 p.m., the red pool championship dual at 5 p.m. and the blue pool championship dual at 7 p.m.
#2 Penn State (Big Ten)
#3 Arizona State (Pac 12)
#7 Virginia Tech (ACC)
#9 Cornell (EIWA)
#22 UNI (Big 12)
#1 Iowa (Big Ten)
#6 NC State (ACC)
#10 Missouri (Big 12)
Central Michigan (MAC)
We're one week away from the @jmenwrestling National Duals! Who's ready for some action? ??
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) December 13, 2021
Red Hot Devils
Arizona State enters the week having not competed since Wyoming's Nov. 27 Cowboy Open where five titles were collected. 125 No. 3 Brandon Courtney (7-0), 149 No. 5 Kyle Parco (8-0), 165 No. 8 Anthony Valencia (7-0), 174 Cael Valencia (8-0) and heavyweight No. 3 Cohlton Schultz (8-0) all picked up individual titles on the day to remain undefeated on the year.
- Schultz picked up two pins in Wyoming, bringing his total to a team-leading five on the year.
- 165 Anthony Valencia, 174 Zane Coleman and 184 Josh Nummer all have three pins.
- McGee earned a pair of tech falls to bring his total to a team-high three.
- At 174, Coleman, Cael Valencia and Ryan Rochford all have three major decisions this season.
ASU's Key Matchups
125: #3 Courtney, #16 Sam Latona (VT), #10 Brody Teske (UNI), #31 Kyle Biscoglia (UNI)
133: #14 McGee, #1 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU), #4 Korbin Myers (VT), Vito Arujau (Cornell)
141: #15 Vasquez, #1 Nick Lee (PSU), #31 Sam Hillegas (VT), #26 Cael Happel (UNI)
149: #5 Parco, #22 Beau Bartlett (PSU), #6 Bryce Andonian (VT), #1 Yianni Diakomihalis
(Cornell), #28 Triston Lara (UNI)
157: #3 Teemer, #22 Connor Brady (VT), #25 Colton Yapoujian (Cornell), #28 Greg Gaxiola (Hofstra)
165: #6 Valencia, #26 Creighton Edsell (PSU), #9 Julian Ramirez (Cornell)
197: #8 Norfleet, #3 Max Dean (PSU), #19 Jacob Cardenas (Cornell)#19 Izzak Olejnik (UNI), #23 Austin Yant (UNI), #26 Trey Rogers (Hofstra)
HWT: #3 Schultz, #4 Greg Kerkvliet (PSU), #14 Nathan Traxler (VT), Lewis Fernandez (Cornell), #21 Carter Isley (UNI), #20 Zach Knighton-Ward (Hofstra)
— SEWrestle (@SeWrestle) December 15, 2021
Penn State, Nov. 22, 2019: No. 5 ASU upset No. 1 Penn State 19-18 in Tempe and snapped the Nittany Lions' 60-match win streak. Victories came from Brandon Courtney, Josh Marica, Jacori Teemer, Zahid Valencia and Kordell Norfleet.
Virginia Tech, Jan. 13, 2018: No. 10 Arizona State wrestling earned a historic set of victories on the final day of the Virginia Duals, defeating No. 11 Northern Iowa, 24-16, and No. 9 Virginia Tech, 21-15, en route to their first-ever Virginia Duals championship at the 38th annual tournament.
Northern Iowa, Feb. 14, 2021: No. 8 Sun Devil Wrestling (6-0, 2-0 Pac-12) walks away with two victories to finish the 2020 regular season undefeated Sunday afternoon. ASU slammed in six individual wins and three bonus points in their 20-15 win over No. 13 Iowa State before dominating Northern Iowa 24-10.
Cornell, Jan. 21, 2007: Despite another dominating victory at 157 pounds from Brian Stith, the Arizona State University wrestling team dropped a 38-4 decision to No. 11 Cornell Sunday afternoon inside Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y. The Sun Devils slipped to 5-9 on the year with the loss while the Big Red moved to 2-4 on the season.
Hofstra - First meeting
In Case You Missed It
Richard Figueroa and Anthony Valencia both made headlines in the last couple of weeks. Figueroa competed in the Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia where he won bronze at 57 kg. It was his first competition since the summer.
VICTORY FIGUEROA!! ????
Richie pins Canada's Fotis Dechlan David to earn bronze in Colombia! ?? pic.twitter.com/cfPR8FGy4b
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) December 3, 2021
Valencia last weekend announced his intention to join the Mexican national team. The two-time All-American and 2021 Pac-12 Outstanding Wrestler honoree announced that he is entering the Federación Medallistas de Luchas Asociadas (FEMELA) National Grand Prix Qualifier (74 kg freestyle) in hope of joining the Mexican National Team. It is the first step to officially wrestling for Mexico. Competition runs Dec. 17-20/ He'll compete on the 18th.
Representing the family ????@air_valencia has some news to share ????
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) December 10, 2021
Eight elite wrestlers are coming to Arizona State next year. Zeke Jones announced his full signing class last week and it features a trio of top-100 athletes.
Our family is growing ??
Excited to officially announce our 2021 signing class! Next year's gonna be crazy ????????
— Sun Devil Wrestling (@ASUWrestling) December 8, 2021