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Sun Devils Set For Pac-12 Wrestling Championships
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Release: 02/26/2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State wrestling team (9-8, 4-1 Pac-12 duals) will make the trip to Stanford, Calif. for the Pac-12 Wrestling Championships on Sunday at Maples Pavilion. The championship finals will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks beginning at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT. 

Individual session tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for groups of 10 or more, and $8 for youths and seniors, while all session tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for groups of 10 or more, and $12 for youths and seniors. Go to GoStanford.com/tickets or call 800-STANFORD to purchase. Parking is free in the Maples Pavilion Lot, immediately south of Maples Pavilion. 

COMPLETE SCHEDULE
Session 1: 10:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. MT
Session 2: 3:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. MT
Championship Finals: 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT
Team Awards: 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT

THINGS TO KNOW
The Sun Devils last won the Pac-12 Championship in 2006 (also at Stanford), and have won the event 16 times in program history, which totals 35 contests since ASU joined the league during the 1978-79 season. ASU is the only team with a seven-year span of championships, from 1985-1991. A season ago, ASU hosted the event and took third with 110.5 points, behind champion Oregon State’s 158.0 points and runner-up Boise State’s 136.5.

ASU’s most-recent conference individual champion was Anthony Robles, who won at 125 in 2009, 2010, and 2011. 

Throughout program history, the Sun Devils have picked up more than 100 individual conference titles, 16 Coach of the Year honors, 16 Wrestler of the Year honors, and one newcomer of the year award.

LOOKING BACK
Sun Devil wrestling dropped its regular-season finale last week, falling to No. 6 Oklahoma State, 29-10.

ASU’s three wins on the night came first at 174, when Ray Waters picked up a 4-2, sudden victory decision over Quinten Patterson, breaking Oklahoma State’s shutout.

Blake Stauffer followed with an 11-2 major decision over Jordan Rogers at 184-pounds. Stauffer has won his last 10 duals, and the major decision is his fifth in that span. On his career, Stauffer is 10-0 in major decisions.

The final ASU win of the night came at 197 as Wesley Moore picked up an 8-4 decision over Darnell Bortz.

HEATING UP THE POLLS
With his major decision last week at Oklahoma State, Blake Stauffer is now ranked at No. 17 at 184 by Amateur Wrestling News, and remains in the D1CW rankings at No. 19.

MORE ON STAUFFER
Stauffer is currently riding a 10-match win streak, seven of which come with bonus points as five wins were major decisions and two were tech falls. On the season, Stauffer is 4-0 in major decisions, 4-0 in tech falls, and 1-0 in pins. In his career, Stauffer is 10-0 in major decisions, 6-0 in tech falls, and 4-0 in pins.

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 second on the team with four, followed Ray Waters (165/174) who has six.

MORE ON PINS
Ray Waters’ (165) pin of SIUE’s Logun Taylor at 1:59 on Nov. 16 marks the fifth-quickest pin so far this season. Waters has recorded five more falls, which leads the team. His 2:31 takedown of Josh VanTine in ASU’s dual with Northern Colorado marks the sixth-fastest time, and his 3:20 pin over Boise State’s Cole Rice places him in eighth. Waters also recorded a pin at 3:49 over Harvard’s Colton Peppleman is at No. 10 on the list.

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.

PODIUM NOTES
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. 

Breakdown:

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.

YOUNG GUNS
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.

NEW FACES
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).

COACHING ADDITIONS
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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