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Sparks Fly at Wrestling's Maroon & Gold Scrimmage

Nov 4, 2022

TEMPE – Sun Devil Wrestling opened up its season with the Maroon and Gold scrimmage in front of hundreds of passionate fans Friday night in Desert Financial Arena. Team scores weren't tracked, but numerous Sun Devils earned bonus points in their performances.

Final box score

"Our transfers as well as our freshmen were good to see tonight. That's who I really wanted to see," head coach Zeke Jones said. "I wanted to see Jonathon Fagen and Anthony Montalvo, but also the freshmen like Michael Kilic and Carter Dibert - true freshmen right outside of high school. I think right now they're on track with where they're at."
Tony Negron turned heads tonight with a win-by-fall over Gavin Priest. Negron transferred in as a middle weight from Penn State this year and has been grinding ever since his mid-summer arrival. He joined the Puerto Rico U23 national team this year and competed at the U23 Championships in Spain just weeks ago.
"I like ASU a lot," Negron said. "Coach Zeke and Coach Frank, Coach Thompson, Coach Pritts - they're all coaches I get along with well. They're all on me in a really good way, they make sure I'm doing what I have to do and make sure I'm practicing the right way."
ASU has Rugters and the Journeymen/Defensive Soap Collegiate Classic up on the schedule next to officially kick off the year. The team then returns to open up the home season against No. 5 Missouri Nov. 17 in the brand new Mullett Arena. Two-time All-American Michael McGee and second-year Richard Figueroa are ready to get things going.

"Fortunately for us, we have depth," McGee said. "At practice we're battle-tested every day. We got a good training system and everything. Honestly, I feel like if I keep coming out here and wrestling hard, everything else will take care of itself."

"Throughout my career I've been wrestling guys that are ranked high, so it feels like just another match," Figueroa said. "I just gotta do my thing, and I'm gonna win."
184 - Anthony Montalvo over Jacob Meissner, 8-4
Montalvo, a redshirt junior from Clovis,California, kept things interesting in the opening match with three takedowns in the third period to secure a 7-4 win over Meissner.
125 - Richard Figueroa over Tristan Mascarenas, 14-1
Figuerora, a redshirt freshman from Sanger, California, came out strong, earning a pair of near-falls and two takedowns in the opening period before going on to claim the 14-1 major decision.

133 - Julian Chlebove over Carter Dibert, 3-1
Chlebove, a redshirt sophomore from Northampton, Penn., secured a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the first round. The takedown was enough to secure the victory as he ultimately won the match 3-1.
133 - Michael McGee over Lou Fincher, 16-1
McGee, a redshirt senior from Bolingbrook, Ill, won via tech fall (16-1) six seconds into the second round. McGee secured a takedown 30 seconds in the match and held a 14-1 lead at the end of the first period.
141 - Jesse Vazquez over Cody Foote,14-4
Vazquez, a sophomore from Corona, California, who's coming off a season-ending injury, secured three takedowns in the first period to go up 6-2 en route to a 14-4 major decision.

149 - Kyle Parco over Mykey Ramos, 2-1
The first round saw the only scoreless period of the night. The match was scoreless for the first 5:48 of the match before each wrestler recorded an escape. The tactical affair ended in the lowest-scoring match, with Parco winning off his riding time bonus.
157 - Max Wilner over Michael Kilic, 3-2
After a 1-1 score through the first 5:40 of the match, Wilner, a redshirt freshman from Costa Mesa, California, recorded a takedown with 20 seconds left in the third period to record the win.
165 - Tony Negron over Gavin Priest, 12-0
Negron, a redshirt junior from North Babylon, N.Y., recorded a clean sheet, going up 12-0 before getting a pin in the dying moments of the second period.
174 - Josh Nummer over Rene Fragoso, 10-2
Three takedowns gave Nummer, a redshirt sophomore from Kodiak, Alaska, a 7-2 lead over Fragoso midway through the third period. A riding bonus gave him the 10-2 victory.
197 - Jonathon Fagen over Jacob Meissner, 8-0
Jonathon Fagen got the crowd going with a high-octane suplex to start the match, and he kept his momentum going to win with 10-0 and conclude the scrimmage.
Up Next
The Sun Devils head to Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, Nov. 12, to compete in the Journeymen Wrangle Mania. They will face off against Rutgers at 5 p.m. MST. The Sun Devil Wrestling home-opener is Thursday, Nov. 17 against Missouri at 7 p.m.