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Figueroa, Lightweights Shine at Cliff Keen Invitational

Dec 3, 2022

LAS VEGAS - Sun Devil Wrestling's lightweights shined at the Cliff Keen Invitational this weekend. Richard Figueroa, a redshirt sophomore, won the 125 weight class, while two-time All-Americans Michael McGee and Kyle Parco both finished as runners-up at 133 and 149, respectively. ASU leaves Las Vegas as the sixth-place team. Nebraska, NC State and South Dakota State finished 1-2-3. Out of 10 ASU wrestlers, five finished on the podium.
Full brackets and results

"Overall we weren't quite where we wanted to be this weekend," head coach Zeke Jones said. "We're at a place now where it's 'win it or it's a disappointment,' and I don't think that's a bad thing. I think our kids want to compete at the highest level and win."
Figueroa was unranked coming into the tournament but was seeded fifth and went on to sweep a field that included '22 US Open champion and NCAA qualifier No. 8 Matt Ramos (Purdue).
"Richie winning, that's awesome," Jones said. "You get a freshman winning a tournament like Las Vegas, that puts you in position to win a national title. I'm really proud of him. Kyle and Michael ran into some tough guys, and their opponents were some of the top guys in the country. I just think those two have to continue to get better and improve and they'll be in the national champion mix."
McGee blew through his bracket, opening the tournament with a pin before getting back-to-back major decisions. In the 133 championship match, he faced off against two-time All-American Vito Arujau (Cornell) and ultimately fell 3-2. Parco had a similar run, comfortably handling all of his opponents before meeting Ohio State's two-time All-American Sammy Sasso. Sasso took the match 6-2.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Richard Figueroa - 1st (125)
Michael McGee - 2nd (133)
Kyle Parco - 2nd (149)
Kordell Norfleet - 8th (197)
Cohlton Schultz - 8th (HWT)
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) F Blair Orr Charleston, SC (The Citadel), 3:13
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) DEC Kurt Mchenry Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan), 7-1 SV
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) DEC Brett Ungar ithaca, NY (Cornell), 6-2 TB2
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) DEC Tanner Jordan Brookings, SD (SDSU), 6-3
125 Richard Figueroa (Arizona State) DEC Matt Ramos West Lafayette, IN (Purdue), 3-2
133 Michael Mcgee (Arizona State) F Paul Woo Athens, OH (Ohio), 0:47
133 Michael Mcgee (Arizona State) MD Kurtis Phipps Irwin, PA (Bucknell), 8-0
133 Michael Mcgee (Arizona State) MD Kai Orine Raleigh, NC (NC State), 18-4
133 Michael Mcgee (Arizona State) DEC Dylan Ragusin Elk Grove Village, IL (Michigan), 5-1
133 Vitali Arujau Syosset, NY (Cornell) DEC Michael Mcgee (Arizona State), 6-1

141 Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State) F Joel Vandervere Evanston, IL (Northwestern), 1:58
141 Brock Hardy Brigham City, UT (Nebraska) F Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State), 1:51
141 Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State) DEC Louis Newell Kent, OH (Kent State), 4-1
141 Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State) M FOR Garrett Kuchan Christiansburg, VA (Air Force)
141 Tom Crook Blacksburg, VA (Virginia Tech) DEC Jesse Vasquez (Arizona State), 7-5
149 Kyle Parco (Arizona State) F Kyle Schickel Lemont, IL (Clarion), 1:18
149 Kyle Parco (Arizona State) DEC Alek Martin Brookings, SD (South Dakota State), 9-4
149 Kyle Parco (Arizona State) DEC Chance Lamer Corvallis, OR (Michigan), 4-1
149 Kyle Parco (Arizona State) DEC Jonathan Millner Greensboro, NC (App. State), 4-1
149 Sammy Sasso Nazareth, PA (Ohio State) DEC Kyle Parco (Arizona State), 6-2

157 Luka Wick murrieta, CA (Cal Poly) MD Michael Kilic (Arizona State), 11-1
157 Rhise Royster Rahway, NJ (Long Island ) DEC Michael Kilic (Arizona State), 3-1
165 Tony Negron (Arizona State) MD David Ferrante Lake in the hills, IL (Northwestern), 12-3
165 Tony Negron (Arizona State) DEC Jordan Slivka Athens, OH (Ohio), 6-2
165 Austin Yant Waverly, IA (Northern Iowa) MD Tony Negron (Arizona State), 11-2
165 Bubba Wilson Manhattan, KS (Nebraska) DEC Tony Negron (Arizona State), 3-1
174 Joseph Walker Mishawaka, IN (Michigan) F Cael Valencia. (Arizona State), 6:38
174 Jared Simma Shawnee, KS (Northern Iowa) MD Cael Valencia. (Arizona State), 12-4
184 Anthony Montalvo. (Arizona State) DEC Zayne Lehman Akron, OH (Ohio), 6-2
184 Anthony Montalvo. (Arizona State) DEC William Feldkamp Pinckney, MI (Clarion), 4-2 SV
184 Parker Keckeisen cedar falls, IA (Northern Iowa) DEC Anthony Montalvo. (Arizona State), 5-3
184 Cade King Brookings, SD (SDSU) DEC Anthony Montalvo. (Arizona State), 5-3
197 Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State) MD Javen Jovero San Marcos, CA (Columbia), 15-3
197 Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State) MD Ethan Hatcher Brecksville, OH (Cornell), 11-1
197 Tanner Harvey Corvallis, OR (Oregon State) DEC Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State), 5-2
197 Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State) DEC Trey Rogers Hastings, MN (Hofstra), 8-7
197 Tanner Sloan alburnett, IA (SDSU) DEF Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State), 2-0 0:32
197 Jacob Koser Dillsburg, PA (Navy) M FOR Kordell Norfleet. (Arizona State), 0-0 0:00
285 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) F Chris Island VACAVILLE, CA (California Baptist ), 0:41
285 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) F Cale Davidson Wichita, KS (Nebraska), 1:52
285 Aj Nevills Brookings, SD (South Dakota State) DEC Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State), 5-2
285 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) MD Lee Herrington Kearney, NE (Nebraska-Kearney), 11-1
285 Tyrell Gordon Waterloo, IA (Northern Iowa) M FOR Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)
285 Owen Trephan Summerville, SC (NC State) M FOR Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State)