TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University wrestling team will face its first dual test of the 2013-14 season as it travels to Illinois on Saturday for the Chicago Quad. The Sun Devils will first take on No. 7 Illinois at Lincoln-Way East High School, followed by matches against SIUE and Ouachita Baptist University. The first dual is set to start at 10 a.m. MT.
Complete Chicago Quad Schedule
ASU vs. No. 7 Illinois - 10 a.m. MT
ASU vs. SIU Edwardsville - 2 p.m. MT
ASU vs. Ouachita Baptist University - 3:15 p.m. MT
LAST TIME OUT
The Sun Devils opened the 2013-14 season two weeks ago in Laramie, Wyo., as they competed at the Cowboy Open. Sophomore Ares Carpio (125), redshirt juniors Nathan Hoffer (149) and Joel Smith (157), and redshirt freshman Luke Bean (197) each led ASU with 3-1 records.
ASU also saw strong performances from junior transfer Daniel Gusev, who picked up a pair of wins in the heavyweight bracket of competition, while fellow transfer and graduate student James Brundage picked up a pair of wins in the 165 weight class.
IN THE RANKINGS
In this week’s edition of the InterMat (Nov. 12) and W.I.N. Magazine (Nov. 11) polls, the Sun Devils have picked up rankings of 41st and 43rd, respectively.
Individually, Kevin Radford (184) and Blake Stauffer (174) have picked up rankings in each of the four major collegiate wrestling polls. Radford has been ranked at No. 17 by Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat, and D1CollegeWrestling.Net, while W.I.N. Magazine has listed him at No. 15 in his weight class.
Stauffer is currently ranked at No. 9 in polls from InterMat, W.I.N. Magazine, and D1CollegeWrestling.Net, while Amateur Wrestling News has him listed at No. 15 in the 174 weight class.
Junior transfer Coltin Fought is currently ranked by D1CollegeWrestling.Net at No. 17 in the 125 weight class.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
ASU will face some stiff competition against No. 7 Illinois, as the Illini return the 2013 NCAA and Big Ten Champion at 125, Jesse Delgado. Delgado tallied a record of 27-3 last season to tie for the 11th-best single-season win percentage in school history (.900). The two-time All-American scored the second-most dual points in 2013, and is ranked the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class in the both the WIN Magazine and InterMat preseason rankings.
Illinois also returns the 2012 Big Ten Champion and two-time NCAA qualifier at 197, Mario Gonzales. Gonzales posted an 18-9 record a season ago.
SIU Edwardsville, under first-year head coach Jeremy Spates, lists 11 wrestlers on its roster who competed during the 2012-13 campaign, including 20-match winner David Devine, one of the squad’s four seniors. Devine picked up the fastest pin of the Red and Black Intrasquad match at 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
Ouachita Baptist University was ranked at No. 9 in the NWCA Division II pre-season poll, while junior Dallas Smith is ranked in the 184-pound weight class and sophomore Garrett Evans is ranked at 125 points. OBU, of Arkadelphia, Ark., lists four seniors on its roster, and an eight-man freshman class.
SUN DEVILS DUEL IN INTERSQUAD
Prior to its season opener, the Arizona State wrestling team competed in its yearly Maroon and Yellow Intersquad match. In the 125 weight class, Ares Carpio picked up from where he left off last season, dominating Tyree Owens, 20-5.
At 133, Tyler Liberatore took an early lead over Cord Coronado with three takedowns before Carpio came back and held off the major decision with a final score of 9-4.
Freshman Jesus Calderon stepped in at 141, but was unable to overcome Paul Looper’s collegiate experience as Looper came out with the 9-2 victory.
The marquee match of the night came at 149, with Preston McCalmon taking on NCAA qualifier Nathan Hoffer. The pair fought to a tie score at the end of regulation before Hoffer came out to win the match.
At 157, Joel Smith picked up three takedowns in his defeat of Codey Combs, while Ray Waters pinned James Brundage in 37 seconds in the 165 weight class.
Josh DaSilvera defeated Chase Eskam in overtime, 3-2 in the 197, while the battle of the heavyweights came down to Kyle Colling picking up the advantage of Daniel Gusev.
In exhibition, Luke Bean wrestled Wesley Moore at the 197, with Moore picking up the win, 8-4.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Each of the Sun Devils’ five home matches this season are scheduled back-to-back from Jan. 18 through Feb. 9. ASU will open the home slate with a tri-meet against Northern Colorado and Utah Valley on Jan. 18 before facing its first Pac-12 foe of the year, Boise State, on Jan. 24.
The Sun Devils will then take on Iowa State on Feb. 1 before taking on Pac-12 foe Stanford on Feb. 3, which will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks. ASU closes out the home schedule against Oregon State on Feb. 9, in another match that will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks.
DEVILS ON THE AIRWAVES
Four of Arizona State’s meets are set to be aired by the Pac-12 Networks in 2014, starting with the conference opener against Boise State. ASU will then have back-to-back televised duals against Stanford and Oregon State.
The 2014 Pac-12 Championships, hosted by Stanford on March 2 will also be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
ADDING MATURITY TO THE ROSTER
This season, the Sun Devil roster features a pair of graduate transfers, James Brundage and Nick Rex. Brundage, who hails from Ossining, N.Y., received a BA in sociology at Rider University, and is now completing his masters in management at ASU. Rex joins the Sun Devils from Campbell University, where he earned a degree in communications, and was team captain during the 2011-13 seasons.
Along with ASU’s two graduate students, the Sun Devils welcome Kyle Colling, a transfer from Oklahoma, Coltin Fought from North Carolina State, and Daniel Gusev from Sierra College.
Some of the most experienced returning Sun Devils come in the form of Kevin Radford and Blake Stauffer. The redshirt junior and true sophomore combined for 43 wins last season, including 25 during the Pac-12 Conference slate. Both are currently ranked in each of the four major wrestling polls.
Similar to last season’s squad, the Maroon and Gold features a passel of young newcomers this year, with five true freshman additions, and a trio of sophomores. Joining the Sun Devils this season are freshmen Kaleb Baker (Memphis, Tenn.), Jesse Calderon (Indio, Calif.), Seth Monty (Mesa, Ariz.), Matt Schneider (New Lenox, Ill.), and Mech Spraggins (Belleville, Ill.). New to the sophomore class this season are Wesley Moore (Queen Creek, Ariz.), Pablo Moreno (Yuma, Ariz.), and Kaylon Sencio (Houston, Texas).
The 2013-14 season will see a new addition to the Sun Devil squad, as Tyrel Todd was named as an assistant coach in the Summer of 2013. Todd spent the last two seasons training with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, where he recently competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. He was fourth at the 2008 Olympic trials at 84 kilograms, just missing a bid to the Beijing Olympics in the process. Following a standout career at Michigan, where Todd was a three-time All-American and 2009 Big Ten Conference Champion at 197 points, Todd served his alma mater as an assistant for the 2010 season before spending one year on the staff as an assistant at Cal Poly.