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    Pac-12 Weekly Recap (11/22/2023)

    Larkin shines while ASU struggles

    Freshman Kaleb Larkin did not compete with the team as he traveled to the Bill Farrell Memorial International tournament. Although Larkin was a long shot in the 65kg division, the Sun Devil made a run for the title and earned qualification for the 2024 Olympic Trials.

    Larkin’s final match was one-sided too, defeating Matthew Kolodzik 16-5. On the other hand, the Sun Devils fell with a mixed lineup to Missouri 39-6. The Sun Devils did not wrestle Richard Figueroa, Jacori Teemer or Cohlton Schultz. Instead, Julian Chlebove and Kyle Parco were the only winners.


    Cal Poly sends six to the Roadrunner podium

    Cal Poly remained close to home as the Mustangs competed in the Roadrunner Open. Six Mustangs placed, including freshman Daschle Lamer winning at 174 pounds. Lamer’s second college experience included a pin, tech fall, major decision and decision for the title.

    Cole Jackson finished second at heavyweight. Jackson dropped his second match to Bakersfield’s Jake Andrews 4-2. Yet, he responded with three wins for a silver medal.  Blake Hinrichsen pinned two opponents for a fourth-place finish while Tyler Hodges tech falled two opponents for fourth. 

    Koda Holeman and Luke Meyer got fifth at 125 and heavyweight.


    CSU Bakersfield showcases Roadrunner Open

    The Roadrunners had four wrestlers showcase their skills at the Roadrunner Open. Heavyweight Jake Andrews and 165-pounder Guillermo Escobedo went undefeated. Andrews earned three decision victories while Escobedo had five victories, including two pins.

    Richard Castro-Sandoval went 3-1 at 125 pounds. After losing his first match to Cal Baptist’s Eli Griffin, he earned three straight wins, including two by tech fall. Santino Sanches also went 3-1 at 133 pounds. He lost his first match then won with a major decision, tech fall and decision.


    Carson and Cannedy lead Little Rock at Lindenwood Open; Trojans Face Oklahoma

    Jayden Carson and Kodiak Cannedy combined for 11 matches at the Lindenwood Open. Carson went 4-2 with a pin and tech fall. However, Carson lost its highest-profile match, falling 13-1 to Oklahoma State’s Reece Witcraft.

    Cannedy went 4-1 at 174 pounds. Cannedy won his first three matches, including a pin in the first period. However, he lost to his highest quality opponent, falling 17-0 to Illinois’ Danny Braunagal.

    The full squad hosted #13 Oklahoma and fell 26-13; however, three Trojan wrestlers earned wins over ranked opponents. Nasir Bailey had a regular decision win, while Matt Bianchi won by major decision and Tyler Brennan pinned #13 Tate Picklo.


    Oregon State wins 3 matches against Iowa

    Oregon State fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 25-11 over the weekend. Each team earned one upset. Hawkeyes' Gabe Arnold defeated Travis Wittlake 4-2 at 174 pounds while Beavers' Brandon Kaylor defeated Drake Ayala 7-6.

    In addition, Trey Munoz dominated Brennan Swafford with a 20-5 tech fall. Lastly, Boone McDermott defeated Bradley Hill 4-1 at heavyweight. 


    Stanford dominates the Roadrunner Open

    Stanford had a combined record of 19-8 at the Roadrunner Open with two losses being Jaden Abas medically forfeiting. Daniel Cardenas, Tye Monteiro and Nick Stemmet went undefeated in their weight classes. 

    Cardenas cruised to first place with three tech falls, Monteiro earned two major decisions and a tech fall while Stemmet earned two tech falls and two decisions.

    Dominic Lajoie went 2-1 with a major decision and tech fall and sudden death loss to Cal Baptist’s Hunter Leake. Abe Wojcikiewicz went 3-1 with two pins and a sudden victory. His loss came to Cal Baptist’s Nathan Haas 14-11.

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