Arizona State Sun Devils

Valencia’s Upset Highlights ASU’s 25-14 Win over #23 Stanford

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(Palo Alto, CA)   Sun Devil Wrestling is back in the win column after earning a 25-14 victory over No. 23 Stanford Sunday afternoon in Palo Alto, California. ASU used victories at 125-149, 174 and HWT to secure their first conference victory of the season and third straight over the Cardinal. The win was highlighted by unranked redshirt-freshman Cael Valencia’s 6-3 upset of No. 23 Tyler Eischens at 174, and Michael McGee’s 25th career tech fall victory. In total, the Maroon and Gold recorded two major decisions, a tech fall, and a pin in the win. ASU is back on the mat January 28 when the squad travels back to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to take on Lehigh at 7:00 p.m. AZ.

Of Note

ASU’s lightweights were locked in this weekend. The lightest four weight classes went a perfect 8-0 between Cal Poly Friday and Stanford today, and Kyle Parco recorded back-to-back bonus point victories (Pin vs. Cal Poly, MD vs. Stanford).

Richard Figueroa continues to make his name known to the world. He picked up his 14th consecutive victory with his 13-5 major over Nico Provo to move to 14-0 on the year.

Michael McGee is dominant. Like 25 career tech falls dominant. He’s 12-2 on the season, just picked up his second tech in three outings, and has eight total bonus point victories so far this season.

Cael Valencia has been tested in recent weeks but today was his fifth victory of the season and his second dual victory as a Sun Devil. He entered unranked and held No. 23 Eischens to zero takedowns in the match, Valencia winning on two takedowns, an escape, and his riding bonus.

Cohlton Schultz took some time away from ASU recently because he was with USA Wrestling getting some Greco-Roman training in. He returned to the lineup rejuvenated and picked up his sixth pin of the season and 22nd of his career, defeating Peter Ming in just 56 seconds.

#23 Stanford 14 vs. #8 Arizona State 25
125: Richard Figueroa (ASU) over Nico Provo (STAN) (MD 13-5)
133: Michael McGee (ASU) over Jackson Disario (STAN) (TF 16-1 3:31)
141: Jesse Vasquez (ASU) over Jason Miranda (STAN) (Dec 10-4)
149: Kyle Parco (ASU) over Jaden Abas (STAN) (MD 10-2)
157: Charlie Darracott (STAN) over Max Wilner (ASU) (Dec 6-4)
165: Shane Griffith (STAN) over Tony Negron (ASU) (Dec 4-2)
174: Cael Valencia (ASU) over Tyler Eischens (STAN) (Dec 6-3)
184: Brook Byers (STAN) over Josh Nummer (ASU) (MD 16-8)
197: Nick Stemmet (STAN) over Jonathon Fagen (ASU) (MD 12-2)
285: Cohlton Schultz (ASU) over Peter Ming (STAN) (Fall 0:56)

Press Release courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics – Will Edmons


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