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ASU races past CSU Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The No. 3 Sun Devil wrestling team (14-1, 5-0 Pac-12) rallied to win the final eight matches of the meet to pick up a 31-10 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon at the CSUB Soccer Field.

ASU recorded victories in eight of 10 matches, including four bonus-point wins to end Pac-12 competition 5-0 and extend the team's match win-streak to nine.

Redshirt sophomore Navonte Demison (141), a fellow Bakersfield native, started off the match falling to Angelo Martinoni in 16 seconds while Dillon Ulrey (149) also suffered a major decision loss as the Devils found themselves in a 10-0 hole early.

Fresh off of winning his fifth straight match, Jacori Teemer (157) dealt another loss to his opposition on Sunday as he fended off Wyatt Gerl, 6-3 to put the Sun Devils on the board.

Josh Shields (165) added his seventh major on the season with a win over Jacob Thalin 13-4, reducing the deficit to just 10-7.

Momentum continued to carry through the back half of the lineup as Anthony Valencia (174) struck for another pin in under a minute (0:41). The pin is the second fall in back-to-back days under the 60-second mark for the redshirt junior, as he jumps to eleven bonus-point wins (fifth pin) this season, which is good enough for third-best on the team.

After Austin Clayton notched a 2-0 weekend at 184, including a career first pin, Kordell Norfleet (197) would reach double-digit wins with his second career technical fall as the Devils now had some breathing room going into the heavyweight match.

Tanner Hall (285) rounded out the back half of the lineup with a decision win over Jarrod Snyder, 6-2, clinching the team's sixth sweep from the back half this year.

At 125, Brandon Courtney saw his name move up the ASU leaderboard for most major decisions in a single season after earning his ninth of the year on Sunday afternoon. He now sits tied for seventh amongst ASU greats - three shy of tying teammate Josh Shields for most all-time.

The final Pac-12 match for ASU ended in Josh Kramer sealing an 8-3 decision over Chance Rich, solidifying ASU's biggest win over the Roadrunners since 2015.

Next up, ASU will prepare for its final road trip of the regular season with a chance to avenge two losses from a season ago against Lehigh on Friday, February 21 (5 p.m. MST) and North Carolina on Sunday, February 23 (Noon MST).

Results:
141: Angelo Martinoni (CSUB) Fall Navonte Demison (ASU), 0:16
149: Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) MD Dillon Ulrey (ASU), 12-1
157: #13 Jacori Teemer (ASU) Dec Wyatt Gerl (CSUB), 6-3
165: #6 Josh Shields (ASU) MD Jacob Thalin (CSUB), 13-4
174: #9 Anthony Valencia (ASU) Fall Albert Urias (CSUB), 0:41
184: Austin Clayton (ASU) Dec Josh Loomer (CSUB), 2-0
197: #13 Kordell Norfleet (ASU) TF Josh Annis (CSUB), 19-4
HWT: #4 Tanner Hall (ASU) Dec Jarrod Snyder (CSUB), 6-2
125: #8 Brandon Courtney (ASU) MD Alejandro Hernandez-Figueroa (CSUB), 14-6
133: Josh Kramer (ASU) Dec Chance Rich (CSUB), 8-3

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