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    Class of 2025 Big Man Sahakian to Arizona State

    The Arizona State recruiting Class of 2025 got off to a great start with a big verbal from California big man Nicholas Sahakian (St. John Bosco, CA). Sahakian is currently ranked #32 overall in the Class of 2025 and 18th in MatScouts most recent rankings update

    In two years of high school competition, Sahakian placed twice in the single-class California state tournament, both times at upperweights. As a freshman, he was third at 220 lbs. This past season, Sahakian won that same weight. 

    Against national competition, Sahakian has placed six times at the UWW U17 World Team Trials. This spring, he earned a spot on the Greco-Roman world team and was a finalist in freestyle competition. Last summer, Sahakian won a 16U Greco title in Fargo, which marked the third career Fargo placement for him. Sahakian also was seventh at the Super 32 last year. In California’s top regular-season tournament, the Doc Buchanan, Sahakian was fourth as a freshman and second as a sophomore. 

    Sahakian was recently named USA Wrestling's Athlete of the Week after winning gold medals in both styles at the 2023 U17 Pan-American Championships. He went 6-0 with four tech and two falls. 

    Arizona State is quickly becoming a spot for elite heavyweights. After Tanner Hall’s reign from 2016-20, Cohlton Schultz picked up the slack with three All-American finishes. If he elects to use them, Schultz has two years of eligibility remaining, which would see him end his career as Sahakian is ready to move to Tempe. He would likely get an Olympic redshirt, so there’s a chance Schultz is around for a year while Sahakian redshirts. 

    Sahakian is the first wrestler from the Class of 2025 to commit to Zeke Jones’ team. 

    For all of the latest commitments, check out InterMat’s College Commitment Page.

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