TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State wrestling team (4-4, duals) is set for its first of five home dates, hosting Northern Colorado and Utah Valley on Saturday inside Wells Fargo Arena. The first match of the day will start at Noon MT.
THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS
ASU will be at home for the next six duals, next hosting Boise State on Friday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. MT. The meet will happen concurrently with ASU’s gymnastics meet against California, in the first ‘Beauty and the Beast’ meet in program history.
THINGS TO KNOW
Ares Carpio (125) and Joel Smith (157) lead the Sun Devil probable starters with dual records of 6-2. Matt Kraus is 5-3 at 141, while Blake Stauffer is 3-1 at 184.
SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADO
The Bears (3-5 duals) last competed at the Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, in Chattanooga, Tenn. 157-pounder Mitchell Polkowske picked up a pin and a major decision before he fell out of the competition.
In its last dual match, Northern Colorado suffered a 48-0 shutout to Oklahoma State.
125- Trey Andrews – RFr. – 14-4, 7-2 Dual, 4 pins
133- Sonny Espinoza – Fr. – 7-10, 0-8 Dual, 3 pins
141- Nick Adams – Soph. – 1-8, 1-6 Dual
149- Beau Roberts –RSoph.–7-9, 2-7 Dual, 3 pins
157- Mitchell Polkowske – Jr. – 15-4, 7-2 Dual, 6 pins
165- Charlie McMartin – Jr. – 3-6, 2-4 Dual, 1 pin
174- Josh Van Tine – Jr. – 2-6, 1-4 Dual
184- Nick Bayer – Jr. – 8-8, 4-5 Dual, 2 pins
197- Cole Briegle - RFr. – 7-7, 2-4 Dual, 4 pins
HWT- Henry Chirino – Jr. 12-6, 5-4 Dual, 1 pin
SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY
The Wolverines last hosted the UVU Open, with six of its own wrestlers placing, and the team finishing in seventh overall.
Dalton Brady finished second at 141, as did Logan Addis at 157. Ross Taylor and Jordan Karst finished at third at 165 and 285, respectively, while Aryton Almberg placed fourth at 197.
In its last dual match, Utah Valley defeated Grand Canyon, 28-9, claiming eight of 10 matches. Chasen Tolbert picked up a pin in 2:24 at 133, and Monte Schmalhaus won a 12-3 major decision at 174.
133: Chasen Tolbert, So. (7-8 overall/2-2 duals)
141: Avery Garner, Sr. (7-6/6-2)
149: Trevor Willson, So. (2-11/2-5)
157: Chase Cuthbertson, So. (3-3/3-3) or Logan Addis, So. (5-12/0-3)
165: Curtis Abner Cook, Sr. (3-4/3-4)
174: Monte Schmalhaus, Sr. (5-7/1-2) or Abel Gomez, Fr. (6-8/0-0)
184: Ethan Smith, Jr. (5-7/5-3)
197: Derek Thomas, So. (11-11/3-5)
285: #13 Adam Fager, Jr. (14-6/6-2) or Richard Larsen, Fr. (3-8/0-0)
LOOKING BACK--ASU Picks Up Upset Over Old Dominion
The Sun Devils competed in their lone head-to-head team competition last week, the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va. ASU finished seventh overall, marking the sixth time finishing in the Top 8 and second at seventh (last, 1987).
After an opening-round loss to No. 8 seed Chattanooga (35-7), ASU rebounded with a win over then-No. 25 Old Dominion (21-15). ASU fell to Rider, 25-11, before topping Nebraska-Kearney, 32-6, in the seventh-place match.
Against Old Dominion, each team won five matches, but ASU was boosted by a pair of pins, the first as Ares Carpio won in 4:54 at 125, and the second from Joel Smith at 157 in 1:30.
Smith was the lone Sun Devil to go undefeated on the day, picking up two pins and a decision. In ASU’s victory over Nebraska-Kearney, they picked up four bonus-point decisions: one pin from Smith, two major decisions from Kalin Goodsite (133) and Matt Kraus (141), and one victory via forfeit from Luke Bean at 197.
JOEL SMITH AND THE SPEEDY PINS
Joel Smith currently owns three of the fastest pin times so far this season, starting with his 18-second victory at the Cowboy Open on Nov. 2. Smith’s pins at the Virginia Duals, 0:37 over Nebraska-Kearney’s Colton Johnson and 1:30 over Old Dominion’s Tristan Warner, are the second and third quickest pins in 2013-14, respectively.
Smith also recorded a pin in 4:03, and is tied on the team for victories via the fall with Ray Waters (165).
MORE ON PINS
Ray Waters (165) pin of SIUE’s Logun Taylor on Nov. 16 marks the fifth-quickest pin so far this season. Waters has recorded three more falls, including one over Matt Oliver of Nebraska-Kearney, which ASU defeated at the Virginia Duals.
So far this season, six Sun Devils have recorded high final placements in tournament action. Kyle Colling is the first ASU wrestler to pick up a tournament title in the 2013-14 season, winning the heavyweight bracket at the Keystone Classic with four wins, including a 3-1 tiebreaker decision in the championship match.
Kevin Radford has a pair of third-place finishes under his belt, the first at the Cowboy Open (Nov. 2), where he went 5-1 in the 184 weight class before finishing third at 174 at the Keystone Classic on Nov. 24. Radford also finished eighth overall at the Las Vegas Invite on Dec. 7.
Chace Eskam finished third at the Cowboy Open at 197, going 2-1 overall and picking up a sudden-victory win in the opening round before he came out on top with a 3-2 decision to seal his finish.
Blake Stauffer went 5-1 at the Keystone Classic to finish third at 184, with three winning decisions and one tech fall victory.
Ray Waters finished fourth overall at the Keystone Classic at 165, with a pair of pins and a 12-4 major decision win over Appalachian State’s Zac Strickland.
The final Sun Devil to place so far this season is Matt Kraus, who finished in fifth at the Keystone Classic at 141. Kraus picked up at 10-1 major decision win over Trevor Moody of Indiana en route to his finish.
As a team, ASU finished seventh in its lone head-to-head team tournament, the Virginia Duals. The Sun Devils picked up wins over then No. 25 Old Dominion and Nebraska-Kearney.
First Place: Colling (Nov. 24)
Third Place: Radford (Nov. 2, Nov. 24), Eskam (Nov. 2), Stauffer (Nov. 24)
Fourth Place: Waters (Nov. 24)
Fifth Place: Kraus (Nov. 24)
Eighth Place: Radford (Dec. 7)
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 TV
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.
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.), 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.