ASU stuns No. 1 PSU, snaps 60-match win streak

Redshirt freshman Jacori Teemer, ranked No. 17, celebrates after getting a win at 157 pounds (Photo/Arizona State Athletics)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Penn State's win streak is over.

Arizona State, ranked No. 13 in InterMat's dual meet rankings, stunned the top-ranked Nittany Lions, 19-18, on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona, in front of a record-setting of 8,522, snapping their 60-match winning streak dating back to 2015. That loss came to Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2015.

"Arizona State is back and I think people have belief again," said Arizona State head wrestling coach Zeke Jones.

The two teams split the 10 matches.

No. 19 Brandon Courtney opened the dual meet with a dominant 19-7 victory over freshman Brody Teske to put ASU up 4-0. Courtney led 13-6 after the first two periods and secured the major decision in the final period.

Penn State All-Americans Roman-Bravo Young (133) and Nick Lee (141), both ranked No. 3, earned wins to put the Nittany Lions up 8-4. Bravo-Young edged Josh Kramer, 7-6, at 133 pounds. Lee rolled to an 18-3 technical fall over Cory Crooks.

Arizona State won back-to-back matches at 149 pounds and 157 pounds to take a 10-8 lead into intermission. Josh Maruca won a hard-fought 5-4 match over Jarod Verkleeren at 149 pounds in a battle of Pennsylvania natives. Freshman Jacori Teemer, ranked No. 17, topped Bo Pipher, 9-4.

After intermission, past NCAA champions Vincenzo Joseph and Mark Hall secured victories at 165 pounds and 174 pounds respectively to put Penn State back on top 15-10 with three matches remaining. Joseph defeated No. 5 Josh Shields in a rematch from last year's NCAA semifinals. Hall's victory came over a past rival, Anthony Valencia, 11-3.

Two-time NCAA champion Zahid Valencia of Arizona State received a forfeit at 184 pounds, which gave the Sun Devils a 16-15 lead. At 197 pounds, Arizona State's Kordell Norfleet, who redshirted last season, picked up a 10-4 victory over Kent State transfer Kyle Conel, a 2018 All-American, extending Arizona State's lead to 19-15 going into the final match.

At heavyweight, returning NCAA champion Anthony Cassar, ranked No. 1, faced All-American Tanner Hall, ranked No. 5. With the Sun Devils holding criteria, Cassar needed at least a technical fall to give Penn State the victory. Cassar looked strong early and nearly secured a fall in the first period, but Hall fought off his back and eventually held the match to a decision, which gave Arizona State the one-point victory.

With the victory, Arizona State improves to 5-0, while Penn State falls to 1-1.

125: No. 19 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) maj. dec. Brody Teske (Penn State), 19-7
133: No. 3 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) dec. No. 16 Josh Kramer (Arizona State), 7-6
141: No. 3 Nick Lee (Penn State) tech. fall Cory Crooks (Arizona State), 18-3
149: Josh Maruca (Arizona State) dec. Jarod Verkleeren (Penn State), 5-4
157: No. 17 Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) dec. Bo Pipher (Penn State), 9-4
165: No. 1 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) dec. No. 5 Josh Shields (Arizona State), 7-4
174: No. 1 Mark Hall (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 8 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State), 11-3
184: No. 1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) by forfeit
197: Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State) dec. No. 7 Kyle Conel (Penn State), 10-4
285: No. 1 Anthony Cassar (Penn State) dec. No. 5 Tanner Hall (Arizona State), 9-5


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Coachfulltime (2) about 1 year ago
AND, most of America wrestling fans didn't watch because FLO and BTN did not televise it. Really, ESPN should have carried it. What a CROWD!
lesmd160 (1) about 1 year ago
Congrats to ASU........would have like to seen a fully loaded PSU vs ASU, (forfeit @ 184 #2 ranked & no BB @ 157 #5 ranked) all the same and take nothing away ASU 19 PSU 18
Leon (1) about 1 year ago
Rasheed ducking as usual. Beard will go @ 197 & run the table post scuffle. Lions still have a 125 problem.
ASU looking good. A. Valencia..what a disappointment he has been.
Randy176 (1) about 1 year ago
A Valencia disappointment ? MD to a wrestler who would be a 3 time national champion if not for Anthony brother
ResiliteMarine (1) about 1 year ago
You are aware Shaq had surgery?
It's only November?
Please don't worry.
Happy Thanksgiving!
psulou64 (1) about 1 year ago
Hats off to ASU! No excuses made for my team. You have to win where your supposed to and you need to win some of the toss ups. I will say that I hope Conel is just rusty and this is not the best he has to offer. I'll give him some latitude. Teske on the other has yet to impress. With his pedigree I do expect a lot more. I'm not willing to write him off but he needs to improve quickly at this point.
AceStallion (1) about 1 year ago
I would like to just say hats off to Penn State. They've been the class of college wrestling this past decade (still are), and I'm sure come March they will be right there at the top; once they're fully healthy. I am impressed with ASU though, they have a solid team. I think Teemer and Norfleet are definitely in the mix at their weight classes, and overall they have 8-9 guys that can score some points.

As a local high school wrestling coach in the valley, I loved everything about the match. The atmosphere was awesome, and we shattered the attendance record by a couple thousand. Arizona wrestling in general has not had an event like this in years. I think it was a complete success, even if ASU would have lost. But with the win, that will play huge with recruiting. I hope for ASU, and Arizona wrestling in general, this helps which start a bit of a wrestling revival in the sport, not that it hasn't been growing, but this can help a lot.

I'm just glad I was there and apart of it, I will always remember being there ending the 60-match winning streak.

Most congrats to Zeke Jones and the Coaching Staff. Congrats to the wrestlers and congrats to ASU. Hope it's the start of something big!
dbestsport (1) about 1 year ago
To see more than 8,000 wrestling fans at the dual is what we should all be talking about. Great job ASU!!
Watching Rider beat Minnesota last week, the recent success of Rutgers, our sport is now reaching fans all across the country.
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