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Wrestling Set For Virginia Duals
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/08/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University wrestling team is set to compete in its final tournament of the season, the 34th Virginia Duals, contested at the Hampton Coliseum on Jan. 10-11.

ASU will take on the No. 8 seed, Chattanooga, in the opening round of competition on Friday at 9 a.m. ET.

A win will pit the Sun Devils against No. 1-seeded Virginia, while a loss will mean a bye in the opening round of consolation, followed by a match between the loser of “Match D”. Match D will pit the winner of No. 7 Old Dominion and Lock Haven against No. 2-seed Edinboro.

Other competitors include Kent State, Citadel, Bucknell, Bloomsburg, Virginia Tech, Nebraska-Kearney, George Mason, and Rider.

This marks the one and only head-to-head tournament the Sun Devils are set to partake in this season, and is ASU’s 12th overall trip to the Virginia Duals.

ASU placed in the Top 8 five times, including three times as the tournament runner-up, third place once and seventh place once. The Sun Devils went 2-2 in their Duals appearances in 2004 and 2007 after taking third in 1997. After placing seventh in 1987, the Sun Devils took second place in 1988, 1989 and 1990 before not placing in 1991.  ASU is 20-18-3 all-time in the competition and went 1-2 at last year’s event with a 28-16 win over Rider.

Complete coverage of the Virginia Duals, including links to brackets and live stats, is available at

The Mocs are 6-4 on the year, with a 1-0 mark in SoCon competition. In its last dual match, Chattanooga picked up a 25-13 upset win on the road over then No. 15 Stanford. 

Probable Competitors:

125:  Byron Smith (Fr. – 5-8) or Campbell Lewis (Fr. – 1-1)

133:  No. 11 Nick Soto (Jr. – 20-6)

141:  Michael Pongracz (Fr. - 12-7)

149:  Shawn Greevy (Jr. – 10-6) or Austin Sams (So. – 6-12)

157:  Alex Hudson (Sr. – 17-5) or Michael Hooker (Fr. – 9-10)

165:  No. 6 Corey Mock (Jr. – 18-0) or Trey Stavrum (Jr. – 5-6)

174:  Levi Clemons (Jr. – 13-10)

184:  John Lampe (So. – 10-4) or Clay Dent (So. – 0-5)

197:  Scottie Boykin (Fr. – 10-10)

285:  Dawson Peck (Fr. – 0-0)

The Sun Devils opened the 2014 half of the competition slate in Chattanooga on Jan. 1 and 2 for the Southern Scuffle.

Kevin Radford (174) and Chace Eskam (HWT) were the only two ASU competitors to pick up records of 2-2 at the event. Radford picked up a 7-1 decision victory over Air Force’s Konner Witt and a 9-6 consolation win over Duke’s Trey Adamson. At heavyweight, Eskam picked up a 3-minute pin in his opening match over Northern Colorado’s Cole Breigel, and also defeated Ryan Solomon (competing unattached) in a 4-3 decision in the consolation bracket.

In the most recent polls, the Sun Devils are ranked at T-No. 46 by InterMat as of Jan. 7, and at T-No. 44 by W.I.N. Magazine as of Jan. 4.

Individually, Blake Stauffer (184) remains ranked in the Jan. 7 AWN poll at No. 18, while Kyle Colling is ranked at No. 16 in the Jan. 7 InterMat poll, and WIN Magazine ranks him at No. 12 in the Jan. 3 edition.

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). On the season, Colling is the lone undefeated Sun Devil at 8-0.

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. 


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)

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.

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.

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.

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.), 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.

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