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ASU Wrestling has strong outing at Wyoming Open Tournament

No. 3 ASU Wrestling brings home nine medals and five individual titles from the Cowboy Open

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ASU now-redshirt junior 125lb Brandon Courtney gets a near fall in the Sun Devils 28-12 victory over Stanford Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona.

No. 3 ASU Wrestling had another strong outing Saturday night at Wyoming's Cowboy Open tournament, recording 13 wins-by-fall and nine total medals.

Five Sun Devils won individual titles in redshirt junior Brandon Courtney, redshirt freshman Kyle Parco, redshirt senior Anthony Valencia, freshman Cael Valencia, and redshirt freshman Cohlton Schultz.

Anthony Valencia was one of six Sun Devils to pin two opponents, followed by redshirt freshman Julian Chlebove, Schultz, redshirt freshman Zane Coleman, redshirt freshman Josh Nummer and redshirt sophomore Ryan Rochford.

Anthony Valencia pinned redshirt junior Preston Renner and sophomore Hayden Lieb before moving on to the title match. He moved to 7-0 on the season and won the Sun Devils' first title of the day after redshirt senior Cole Moody forfeited due to medical reasons. 

After a first-round bye, Courtney defeated freshman Kase Mauger 15-6 and junior Jake Svihel, scoring three takedowns and winning by a 7-4 decision to move on to the title match against redshirt freshman Garret Ricks. Courtney won the 125 lbs weight-class title, defeating Ricks 9-5 by decision.

Cael Valencia competed against fellow Sun Devil Coleman in the semifinals, winning the matchup by majority decision 12-4. Valencia held a 1-0 lead going into the third period in the finals against redshirt senior Hayden Hastings before winning the 174 title 3-2 by decision.

Shultz recorded two pins defeating redshirt sophomores Gavin Peitzmeier and Kaden Montano, tying him with sophomores Luke Davis and Grady Griess with five heavyweight pins on the year. He would go on to defeat senior Brian Andrews 6-1, giving the Sun Devils their fifth title of the day. 

Redshirt Junior Michael Mcgee was rolling Saturday, recording three-straight tech falls (19-2, 20-3, 18-2) against sophomore Josh Kyle, redshirt freshman Joseph Mecham and redshirt sophomore Kainalu Estrella respectively. He would lose in the final to junior Job Greenwood in a tight contest 8-7. 

Chlebove, freshman Kendall Norfleet, and Coleman claimed bronze at the tournament. Chlebove recorded two tech falls against freshman Derek Ramos and sophomore Kobe Nelms respectively.

Parco also competed well on Saturday recording three 4-point near-falls and a 16-0 tech-fall victory over freshman Rudy Lopez. Parco won against senior Jaron Jensen by decision 9-3.

The Sun Devils will compete on Dec. 20-21 in Niceville, Florida at the Journeymen National Duels, wrapping up the 2021-calender year. 

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