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    Pac-12 Conference Recap (2/7/23)

    Little Rock 165 lber Tyler Brennan (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

    Little Rock stays busy along the West Coast

    Little Rock traveled across the country to take part in three duals over the weekend. The Trojans began at Arizona State on Feb. 3 and fell 31-6 to the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils captured victories and historic landmarks during the night.

    Brandon Courtney captured his 100th career victory over Jeremiah Reno with a 16-8 major decision. Michael McGee won his 125th career match with a 17-1 tech fall over Joshua Sarpy. In addition, Anthony Montalvo won his 50th career match over Mason Diel.

    However, Little Rock’s Matthew Bianchi defeated Max Wilner at 157 pounds, while Tyler Brennan beat Tony Negron at 165 pounds.

    The Trojans traveled to California to face Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield. They fell to the Mustangs 25-10. Jeremiah Reno picked up a major decision at 125 pounds and Stephen Little pinned Wesley Wilson at 197 pounds.

    After falling to the Mustangs, the Trojans traveled to Cal State Bakersfield a few hours later and defeated the Roadrunners 30-6. Joseph Bianchi pinned Josh Brown in the first period and Matthew Bianchi earned a major decision over Tyler Deen.

    Sarpy tech falled Romeo McNeal for the only other bonus-point victory. In between the duals, Cal Poly defeated Cal State Bakersfield 22-12.

    Stanford cruises past Menlo

    Stanford threw out a mixed lineup for senior night against Menlo College. Chayse LaJoie, Luciano Arroyo and Tony Williams picked up wins at 141, 149 and 157 pounds. Suhas Chundi and Nick Addison fell in their matches.

    Some of the starters coasted in their matches, including Shane Griffith’s 4--0 victory over Rysan Leong. In addition, Jackson Disario won 8-0 over Jovan Garcia. Tyler Eischens and Nick Stemmet dominated their opponents with a tech fall and major decision. Peter Ming ended the dual with a 2-0 victory.

    Valencia headlines ASU winning streak

    During Arizona State’s four-match winning streak, Cael Valencia is undefeated, including two upset victories. Valencia has defeated Aaron Olmos, Tyler Eischens, Triston Wills and Jake Logan in the four matches.

    In addition, Valencia is the only wrestler for the Sun Devils to win in either the 157, 165, or 174-pound matches in the last three duals as he begins to make his mark in a weaker middleweight roster.

    Valencia’s latest win allowed the Sun Devils to defeat Oregon State on the road, 23-16.

    The Sun Devils swept the first four matches while Oregon State captured the next two. Oregon State ended up winning two of the last three matches. However, Cohlton Schultz ended the Sun Devils weekend with a third-period pin over J.J. Dixon.

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