TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State head wrestling coach Zeke Jones announces that Mason Smith, the reigning 141-pound Midlands champion, will join the Sun Devil squad in 2018 as a transfer.
I'm excited to announce that I will be transferring to Arizona State University and spending my last two years of eligibility with @ASUWrestling! I'm pumped to see what the future holds! #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/grzDz18KGQâ€" Mason Smith (@MasonThePrinces) May 9, 2018
Smith was ranked No. 13 in the final individual ranking of the 2017-18 season and ranked as high as No. 6 earlier in the year. He was the No. 10 seed at the 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships and is a two-time NCAA qualifier.
The 141-pounder comes from Central Michigan University where he finished his sophomore season with the Chippewas with a team-best 31-5 record, qualifying for NCAA Championships. At NCAA's in 2018, he earned a first round victory over a ranked opponent in No. 23 Thomas Thorn from Minnesota.
Earlier in 2018, he also beat No. 3 Michigan's Salvatore Profaci in a dual match and earned wins over two ranked opponents, No. 8 Tyler Smith from Bucknell and No. 17 Colt Schilling from Cal Poly, en route to the 141-pound title at Midlands.
During his redshirt season, he was named Central Michigan Redshirt Wrestler of the Year, leading the team with nine falls at the 149-lb weight class before moving down to 141.
Smith joins five-time New York state champion and FloWrestling's No. 1 recruit in the U.S. at 152 lbs. and No. 3 wrestler overall Jacori Teemer in Arizona State's incoming class.