TROY, N.Y. -- Facing some of the nation's best competition, the Sun Devils overall impressed with eight top three finishes as a team, led by Zahid Valencia who finished first in the championship "A" bracket at 174 pounds at the Journeymen Classic.
"Today was a heck of a battle," said head coach Zeke Jones. "Many of the top 20 teams in the nation were here so it was a good test to see how our young team would do."
Along with the No. 18/20 Sun Devils, the field featured seven other teams ranked in the top-25 (according to TrackWrestling and the latest NWCA/USA Today poll) - No. 2/4 Ohio State, No. 9/15 NC State, No. 11/12 Lehigh, No. 14/16 Minnesota, No. 18/27 Oklahoma, No. 12/19 Wisconsin, and No. 25 North Carolina - as well as West Virginia, Lock Haven, Rider, Long Island University, Ithaca, Buffalo, The Citadel, and SUNY Cortland.