Arizona State wins top-15 battle over Stanford

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 3 Arizona State wrestling team (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12) defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 28-12, Friday night at Desert Financial Arena to finish undefeated at home for the first time since 1992-93. The win extended ASU's current win streak to five and snapped an eight-match win streak for the Cardinal (8-2, 1-1).

Seniors Tanner Hall, Josh Kramer, Josh Maruca, Josh Shields and Zahid Valencia, members of Coach Zeke Jones's first recruiting class, were honored in front of the crowd of 1,933 before they competed for the last time at Desert Financial Arena. The 2015 recruiting class was ASU's first No. 1 ranked class since 1988 and the five seniors combine for 437 individual wins thus far in the Maroon and Gold.

Jacori Teemer (157) opened the night with a 19-4 technical fall victory over Stanford's Tyler Eischens. It was the second consecutive extra-point win for Teemer, as he pinned his opponent in the dual against Oregon State two weeks ago.

Stanford took the win at 165 lbs. in the second sudden victory period. After ASU was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the score stood at 4-3 in favor of the Sun Devils.

The Valencia brothers earned consecutive bonus-point victories to widen the gap. No. 9 Anthony Valencia (174) notched a 12-4 major decision over Jared Hill before No. 1 Z. Valencia won his matchup by way of a 19-4 technical fall, extending his win streak to 26 matches and finishing 21-1 for his career in Tempe.

No. 16 Kordell Norfleet (197) got the upset win over No. 6 Nathan Traxler, earning a 6-4 decision in the second sudden victory period. It was Norfleet's second top-6 upset at Desert Financial Arena this season. Stanford was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, bringing the team score to a comfortable 17-2 for ASU.

In his final appearance at home, Tanner Hall earned a decision over his opponent, good for his 98th career win as a Sun Devil with a chance to reach 100 by the end of next weekend when the team travels to take on Little Rock (2/7) and Missouri (2/9).

Brandon Courtney (125) got the third Sun Devil technical fall of the night and his second of the season, beating his opponent 17-2 and giving ASU a 24-2 lead with three matches to go.

After dropping the matches at 133 and 141 lbs., the Sun Devils wrapped up the night with a win thanks to Dillon Ulrey (149), who earned a major 13-3 major decision.

157: Jacori Teemer (ASU) TF Tyler Eischens (STAN), 19-4 (7:00)
165: #7 Shane Griffith (STAN) DEC #5 Josh Shields (ASU), 5-3 (SV2)
*ASU lost one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct
174: #9 Anthony Valencia (ASU) MD Jared Hill (STAN), 12-4
184: #1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) TF Nick Addison (STAN), 19-4 (6:38)
197: #16 Kordell Norfleet (ASU) DEC #6 Nathan Traxler (STAN), 6-4 (SV2)
*Stanford lost one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct
HWT: #6 Tanner Hall (ASU) DEC David Showunmi (STAN), 4-2
125: #7 Brandon Courtney (ASU) TF Jackson DiSario (STAN), 17-2 (7:00)
133: Gabriel Townsell (STAN0 FALL #22 Josh Kramer (ASU), 7:38
141: #9 Real Woods (STAN) MD Navonte Demison, 14-2
149: Dillon Ulrey (ASU) MD Dawson Sihavong (STAN), 13-3

Next Up
The Sun Devils head to the Midwest next weekend for duals at Little Rock (Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.) and Missouri (Sunday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.). Fans can keep up with all the action by following @ASUWrestling on Twitter.


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