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Wrestling Set to Open Season in Pennsylvania

Nov 11, 2022

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Arizona State wrestling kicks off the season with a bang this weekend in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. ASU will look to improve upon its No. 5 ranking with both a dual against Rutgers and the Journeymen Collegiate Classic. The Sun Devils will face the Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 p.m. AZ and roll right into the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 12 starting at 7:00 a.m. AZ. The Rutgers dual will stream via Rokfin, and Sunday's action is on FloWrestling. Watch links for both events are here.
 
The Sun Devils return five 2022 All-Americans in Brandon Courtney (125 lbs), Michael McGee (133 lbs), Kyle Parco (149 lbs), Jacori Teemer (157 lbs), and Colhton Schultz (HWT). 2020 All-Americans Kordell Norfleet (197) and Anthony Montalvo (184) are also on the squad.
 
A look ahead
Arizona State opens the home slate with a huge matchup against No. 3 Missouri Thursday No. 17 in the brand new Mullett Arena. Wrestling starts at 7:00 p.m. A total of 10 All-Americans will be in the building, including defending national champion at 165 Keegan O'Toole. Tickets are still available and will be sold at the door too.
 
 
Sun Devil Notables

  • McGee's 110 collegiate wins lead the Sun Devils' active roster. Brandon Courtney is right behind him with 93.
  • This is only the second meeting in program history between ASU and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights took the lone series victory 21-12 back in January 2013.
  • The Sun Devils have seven All-Americans on the roster in Brandon Courtney (125 lbs), Michael McGee (133 lbs), Kyle Parco (149 lbs), Jacori Teemer (157 lbs), Anthony Montalvo (184), Kordell Norfleet (197) Colhton Schultz (HWT).
  • Courtney and Schultz are chasing NCAA individual titles after finishing as runner-ups in their respective weight classes. Courtny earned silver in 2021, and Schultz earned silver in 2022.
  • This ASU squad has historically been successful in the first battles of the year. The Sun Devils claimed a 22-12 win over No. 17 Oklahoma last fall and had 13 titles across the first two tournaments. In fall 2021, ASU picked up a pair of dual victories over Little Rock (39-3) and No. 20 Oklahoma (20-12).

 
 
Rutgers Notables

  •  Rutgers is beginning this season with a ranking of No. 36 in the country, according to FloWrestling. The Scarlet Knights left last year's NCAA Championships with two All-Americans and a 20th-place finish. 
  • Sophomore John Poznanski enters this weekend as FloWrestling's No. 9 ranked wrestler at 184 lbs. The 2x NCAA qualifier, and '21 All-American (fourth place) opened up last season on a 13-match winning streak with wins over six ranked opponents during that stretch. 
  • Sammy Alvarez, No. 21 at 141 lbs, finished his true freshman season with a 26-10 record and qualified for the '20 NCAA Championships. He was ranked as high as No. 5 in the country during his sophomore campaign, ending with a 3-0 record and missing the postseason. He then finished last year with an 8-2 record. 
  • No. 17 Dylan Shawyer was a '22 NCAA qualifier at 125 lbs and placed seventh at the '22 Big Ten Championships. He began the season last year on an 11-0 tear.

 
ASU Probable Lineup
125: Richard Figueroa: Won bronze at 57 kg at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games
133: #4  Michael McGee: 2x All-American, Pac-12 Champion
141: #19 Jesse Vasquez: 7-1 before season-ending injury in 2021-22 season
149: #4 Kyle Parco: 2x All-American, Pac-12 Champion
157: Max Wilner: Appeared in 3 tournaments, earning a 7-4 overall record with 2 falls
165: Tony Negron: Transferred from Penn State where he went 5-0 at Edinboro Open
174: Cael Valencia: Redshirted last year, going 12-4 in open tournaments
184: #22 Anthony Montalvo: All-American, '20 Big-12 bronze medalist
197: Jonathon Fagen: Transferred from Cornell where he went 6-7 as a freshman
HWT: David Palosika
 
Rutgers Probable lineup
125/133: No. 17 Dylan Shawver OR #18 Dean Peterson
141: No. 21 Sammy Alvarez OR Joseph Olivieri
149: HM Anthony White: Finished 22-4 as an unattached redshirt last season
157: Andrew Clark OR Al DeSantis
165: Connor O'Neill: '22 NCAA Qualifier, '22 Big Ten Championships eighth place
174: No. 24 Jackson Turley: '21 All-American
184: No. 9 John Poznanski OR Brian Soldano
197: No. 30 Billy Janzer OR Kyle Epperly
HWT: No. 31 Boone McDermott: '22 Big Ten Championships starter, '20 NJCAA national champion
 
Up Next
The Sun Devils host No. 3 Missouri Nov. 17 at 7:00pm for the first home dual of the year, and the first wrestling event in Mullett Arena. That dual will stream on Pac-12 Insider. Following Missouri, ASU will travel back to Pennsylvania for the Keystone Classic.