TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University wrestling team is set for a pair of challenges this week as it makes the trek to the state of Pennsylvania. The Sun Devils will first travel to Bloomsburg, Pa., to face No. 21 Bloomsburg on Friday at the Huskies’ Nelson Field House. Sunday, the Sun Devils will make the two-hour trip down to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
The No. 21 Huskies dropped its first dual of the year, falling on the road to Lehigh, 22-13. Bloomsburg picked up four wins in the dual, with Bryce Busler picking up a 3-1 decision at 149, while Josh Veltre picked up the major decision at 16-6 in the 165 weight class. At 197, Richard Perry picked up a 3-2 decision, and Justin Grant picked up the Huskie’s final win of the day at 285 with an 8-2 decision.
125 Sean Boylan Sr. 2-3 Seaville, NJ/St. Marks
133 #12 Nick Wilcox Sr. 2-2 Greene, NY/Greene Central
141 Matt Rappo R-So. 2-4 Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
149 #5 Bryce Busler R-Sr. 5-0 Mechanicsburg/Cumberland Valley
157 Kevin Hartnett R-Jr. 4-2 Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrel
165 #8 Josh Veltre R-Sr. 5-0 Rochester, NY/Greece Olympia
174 #20 Mike Dessino R-Sr. 3-2 Middlesex, NJ/ Middlesex
184 Sam Shirley R-Sr. 1-3 Beaver Springs, Pa./ Midd-West
197 #11 Richard Perry R-Sr. 3-1 Meriden, CT / Middletown
285 Justin Grant R-Sr. 4-1 Easton, Pa./Easton
* Rankings by AWN
KEYSTONE CLASSIC RUNDOWN
Penn will play host to 11 schools at the Keystone Classic, contested at The Palestra on Sunday, including the Sun Devils, American, Appalachian State, Bloomsburg, Boston University, Harvard, Indiana, N.C. State, Northwestern, Pitt, and Rider.
Complete schedule (All times ET and subject to change)
10 a.m. - Championship First Round
10:20 a.m. - Championship Second Round
12:30 p.m. - Championship Quarterfinals/Consolation First Round
2 p.m. - Consolation Second Round
3 p.m. - Championship Semifinals/Consolation Third Round
4:30 p.m. - Consolation Fourth Round
5:15 p.m. - Consolation Semifinals
6 p.m. - Championship, 3rd Place, 5th Place Matches
Streaming: Penn will be streaming from 3 p.m. until the conclusion of the event on the Ivy League Digital Network (http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/penn) . This is a subscription service, and fans should be aware that priority in the semifinals and consolation rounds will go to mats with Penn wrestlers competing. All championship matches will be covered regardless of which schools are competing.
Bracket Updates: Updated brackets will be posted throughout the day at PennAthletics.com.
Twitter: Penn will be posting updates throughout the day @2013Keystone.
THE NC STATE AND RIDER CONNECTION
The Sun Devils have a pair of wrestlers, James Brundage and Coltin Fought, who have the potential for competing against former teammates this weekend. Brundage comes to Tempe from Rider, while Fought is a transfer from N.C. State, both schools that will be competing at the Keystone Classic on Sunday.
LOOKING BACK TO LAST WEEK
The Sun Devils picked up two wins in three duals last week as they competed in the Chicago Quad, contested at high schools in the Chicago suburbs.
Against then-No. 8 Illinois, the ASU fell, 27-11, but saw stellar performances in wins by Matt Kraus (dec. 141), Nathan Hoffer (tech. 149), and Kyle Colling (dec. HWT).
Colling continued his winning ways as he went 3-0 on the day in the Sun Devils 32-3 win over SIUE and 31-6 victory over Ouachita Baptist University. Colling picked up an 8-4 decision in the win over SIUE, and a 9-0 major decision in the dual with OBU.
The other Sun Devil to go 3-0 in dual competition was Nathan Hoffer, who picked up a 13-5 decision in the win over SIUE and a 13-4 major decision against OBU.
HEATING UP THE POLLS
In this week’s edition of the InterMat (Nov. 19) and W.I.N. Magazine (Nov. 18) polls, the Sun Devils have moved up in rankings to 33rd and 42nd, respectively.
Individually, Kevin Radford (174/184) is the lone Sun Devil to be ranked in each of the fourth major collegiate wrestling Polls. Radford has been ranked at No. 17 by Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat (for 184), while D1CollegeWrestling.Net lists him at No. 22nd, and W.I.N. Magazine has listed him at No. 18 in his weight class.
Blake Stauffer (174) is currently ranked at No. 8 in the InterMat rankings and No. 10 by W.I.N. Magazine, and transfer Coltin Fought is currently ranked by D1CollegeWrestling.Net at No. 17 in the 125 weight class.
TIME IS AN ILLUSION, TIME OFF FROM WRESTLING DOUBLY SO
Oklahoma transfer and former two-sport student-athlete Kyle Colling picked up right where he left off in his first day of full-fledged competition for the Sun Devils. After not seeing action for 18 months, Colling was one of two Sun Devils to go a perfect 3-0 in Dual action at the Chicago Quad (No. 16).
So far this season, a pair of Sun Devils recorded high final placements in tournament action. Redshirt juniors Kevin Radford and Chace Eskam picked up third-place finishes in their brackets in the Cowboy Open (Nov. 2), the 184 weight class and 197 weight class, respectively. Radford went 5-1 on the day, and picked up a two pins and a major decision en route to his finish. Eskam went 2-1 overall, 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.
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 DaSilveira 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.
THE DEVILS HAVE THE BOX
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.