#1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) – 33-0 [24 bonus wins]
#2 Brian Realbuto (COR) – 23-1 [14 bonus wins]
#3 Bo Jordan (OSU) – 14-1 [10 bonus wins]
#4 Zach Epperly – 19-1 [10 bonus wins]
Zahid Valencia is rightly the #1 seed coming into this tournament, not having surrendered a loss on the season, while besting the #2 seed earlier in the season. Realbuto gets the nod as the two seed, having taken out Bo Jordan in their dual meet, 3-2. We’ve seen Mark Hall of Penn State get better after every loss this season, and I believe that streak continues.
A darkhorse outside of the top ten for me is Casey Kent of Penn. Kent worked his way back in the wrestle backs of the 2016 NCAA tournament to snag a fourth place finish as an unseeded wrestler. Does he have the magic to do it again? We shall see.
First round matchups:
Second round matchups:
157 lb. NCAA Championship Preview
285 lb. NCAA Championship Preview
IRVING, Texas—Arizona State wrestling’s redshirt freshman Zahid Valencia will represent the United States on the Junior World Team following his win in the best-of-three 84 kg finals on Sunday at the Irving Convention Center.
Due to his place on the 2015 Junior World Team, Valencia awaited the winner of the 84 kg challenge bracket, the 2016 NCAA runner-up at 174 pounds, Bo Nickal of Penn State.
In the opening match, Valencia picked up the 8-2 decision victory, and finished off with the 2-1 edge in the best-of-three second round.
Valencia and the rest of the Junior World Team from the United States will compete at the Junior World Championships, Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 in Macon, France.
Complete Sun Devil Wrestler Results
74 KG – Jacen Petersen
First Round: Joe Smith def. Jacen Petersen: Dec 11-3
1st Conso: Jacen Petersen def. Dewey Kreuger: Tech 16-5
2nd Conso: Larry Early III def. Jacen Petersen: Tech 10-0
74 KG – Josh Shields
First Round: Kimball Bastian def. Josh Shields: Dec 5-4
1st Conso: Josh Shields def. Conston Diblasi: Tech 19-8
Second Conso: Joseph Gunther def. Josh Shields: Dec 7-6
74 KG – Anthony Valencia
First Round: Anthony Valencia def. Mike Dangelo: Tech 10-0
Quarterfinals: Anthony Valencia def. Larry Early III: Tech 11-0
Semifinals: Vincenzo Joseph def. Anthony Valencia: Dec 14-13
4th Conso: Jordan Kutler def. Anthony Valencia: FF
84 KG – Zahid Valencia
Finals Round One: Zahid Valencia def. Bo Nickal: Dec 8-2
Finals Round Two: Zahid Valencia def. Bo Nickal: Dec 2-1
96 KG – Lance Benick
First Round: Malik McDonald def. Lance Benick: Fall 5:48
1st Conso: Andre Lee def. Lance Benick: Dec 7-0