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Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week - Jan. 24, 2023

Jan 24, 2023

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK: Cael Valencia, R-So., ARIZONA STATE (174 lbs., Pico Rivera, CA)

  • Earns his first Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week honor after a key match victory in Arizona State's dual meet win at Stanford. 
  • Valencia picked up his fifth win of the season with a 6-3 upset over the Cardinal's No. 23 Tyler Eischens.
  • Entering the match unranked, Valencia won the match with two takedowns, an escape and riding points while holding Eischens to zero takedowns.  
  • Valencia's three points in the seventh of 10 matches gave ASU a 19-6 advantage and some breathing room en route to the eventual 25-14 league triumph.

ALSO NOMINATED: Jarad Priest, Cal Poly; Nick Stemmet, Stanford

InterMat Team Rankings (Tournament): No. 14 Arizona State; No. 23 Stanford, No. 26 Cal Poly
InterMat Team Rankings (Dual): No. 19 Arizona State; No. 28 Oregon State
NWCA Coaches Poll: No. 17 Arizona State

InterMat Individual Rankings:
125 – No. 9 Brandon Courtney, ASU; No. 13 Brandon Kaylor, OSU; No. 31 Nick Provo, STAN
133 – No. 4 Michael McGee, ASU; No. 19 Jason Shaner, OSU; No. 21 Chance Rich, CSUB
141 – No. 22 Jesse Vasquez, ASU; No. 25 Cleveland Belton, OSU
149 - No. 5 Kyle Parco, ASU; No. 11 Jaden Abas, STAN; No. 22 Dom Demas, Cal Poly
157 – No. 24 Charlie Darracott, STAN
165 – No. 4 Shane Griffith, STAN; No. 21 Matthew Olguin, OSU
174 – No. 24 Mateo Olmos, OSU; No. 26 Tyler Eischens, STAN; No. 29 Tristan Wills, UALR
184 – No. 9 Trey Munoz, OSU; No. 21 Adam Kemp, Cal Poly; No. 30 Anthony Montalvo, ASU
197 – No. 6 Bernie Truax, Cal Poly; No. 17 Tanner Harvey, OSU; No. 23 Kordell Norfleet, ASU; No. 25 Nick Stemmet, STAN 
HWT – No. 6 Cohlton Schultz, ASU

2023 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships

  • The 2023 Pac-12 Wrestling Championships will be held at Stanford's Maples Pavilion on Sunday, March 5, 2023. The host Cardinal will be among the five teams seeking to dethrone three-time defending champion Arizona State. Visit GoStanford.com/tickets to witness the action starting at 10:00 a.m. PT, or tune in on Pac-12 Networks to see the crowning of this year's champions live at 6:00 p.m. PT.

2022-23 PAC-12 WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK

Date Wrestler
Nov. 8 Cleveland Belton, OSU
Nov. 15 Daniel Cardenas, STAN
Nov. 22 Jesse Vasquez, ASU
Dec. 6 Richard Figueroa, ASU
Dec. 13 Bernie Truax, Cal Poly
Dec. 20 Nick Stemmet, STAN
Dec. 27 Trey Munoz, OSU
Jan. 3 Shane Griffith, STAN
Jan. 10 Mateo Olmos, OSU
Jan. 17 Jaden Abas, STAN
Jan. 24 Cael Valencia, ASU