EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Behind 12 total placers, nine of which advanced to semifinals, as well as three first-placers and three second-placers, No. 9 Arizona State wrestling came away with the team crown at the inaugural SIU Edwardsville Cougar Clash.
No. 5 Ryan Millhof (125), No. 20 Christian Pagdilao (157), and No. 1 Zahid Valencia (174) earned first-place finishes while No. 10 Josh Maruca (149), No. 5 Josh Shields (165), and No. 14 Kordell Norfleet (184) finished second in their respective weight classes.
Pagdilao and Valencia both downed ranked opponents in their respective finals, a 2-0 decision over No. 12 Luke Weiland from Army for Pagdilao and a 13-5 major decision vs. No. 10 Ryan Christensen of Wisconsin for Valencia.
As a team, Arizona State tallied 136 points for the team title ahead of Army (127.5), Wisconsin (127.5), Chattanooga (93.5), SIUE (55), Kent State (49.5), and Cleveland State (48).
The Sun Devils now prepare for arguably their biggest dual of the season, the first part of a home-and-home over the next two seasons with No. 1 Penn State. ASU travels to State College, Pa. for a dual on Friday, Dec. 14, which is slated for 6 pm ET/4 pm MT on ESPN2.