SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The No. 5 Sun Devil Wrestling team opened their dual schedule at Sioux Falls' Sanford Pentagon Sunday with a 30-9 victory over No. 16 South Dakota State.
No. 3 Ryan Millhof kicked things off with an easy victory at 125 lbs., an 18-0 tech fall over Gregory Coapstick just 2:05 into the first period to give the Sun Devils an early 5-0 lead. The reigning NCAA champion at 133 lbs., No. 1 Seth Gross pinned Josiah Kline in 2:22 as South Dakota State took their only lead of the match.
Cory Crooks, No. 11 Josh Maruca, and Christian Pagdilao picked up three straight decisions at 141, 149, and 157 as the Sun Devils regained the lead for good, 14-6. For Maruca, it was his first ranked win of the season vs. the No. 17 149-pounder Henry Pohlmeyer.
No. 7 All-American Josh Shields (165) at his new weight class and No. 17 Kordell Norfleet (184), both returning Pac-12 Champions and NCAA competitors in 2018, won major decision victories sandwiched by a fall in just 1:18 by No. 1 Zahid Valencia, the returning NCAA champion at 174-lbs.
Zach Carlson picked up just SDSU's second win of the day, a 9-1 major decision at 197 lbs. before Brady Daniel won by decision in the first tiebreaker in his first career dual match.
ASU returns home next weekend to host North Carolina Saturday and No. 2 Ohio State Sunday, both matches that start at 12 noon. To buy tickets for this home season, visit https://thesundevils.com/sports/2014/10/29/209739045.aspx or call the Sun Devil Ticket Office at (480) 727-0000.
125: #3 Ryan Millhof TF Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), 18-0 (2:05)
133: #1 Seth Gross (SDSU) FALL Josiah Kline, 2:22
141: Cory Crooks DEC Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 10-4
149: #11 Josh Maruca DEC #17 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 5-3
157: Christian Pagdilao DEC Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-5
165: #7 Josh Shields MD Logan Peterson (SDSU), 16-4
174: #1 Zahid Valencia FALL Brett Bye (SDSU), 1:18
184: #17 Kordell Norfleet MD Sam Grove (SDSU), 16-5
197: Zach Carlson (SDSU) MD Austyn Harris, 9-1
HWT: Brady Daniel DEC Blake Wolters (SDSU), 9-8 (TB1)