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Back-to-back pins by Norfleet, Schultz lead ASU to victory over Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Back-to-back pins by Sun Devil wrestlers senior Kordell Norfleet (197) and redshirt freshman Cohlton Schultz (HWT) led No. 7 Arizona State Wrestling (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) to a 29-19 victory over No. 25 Wyoming (3-3, 1-1 Big 12) Saturday afternoon.

"Overall it was a good day for our Sun Devils. I really liked how Crooks and Norfleet wrestled today. They came out with intensity, scored a lot of points, and pushed the action," head coach Zeke Jones said. "Getting bonus points was the difference as well. Guys like Courtney, Crooks, and Schultz helped pick up the pace for the team."

Following the back-to-back pins, No.4 Brandon Courtney (125) earned a quick takedown and a four-point near fall on his way to defeating Brendon Garcia in a 14-2 major decision victory to put the Sun Devils up 16-9 on the Cowboys.

ASU wrestlers combined for 24 takedowns on the day with nine coming from senior Cory Crooks (149) during his 19-9 major decision win over Jaron Jensen in the second to last match.

"Sometimes it can be difficult to win against a top-25 team without two starters and forfeiting a weight, but they decided to pick up the slack and that was the difference in today's dual," said Jones.

Jacori Teemer and Trey Munoz were absent in the victory over the Cowboys. ASU and Wyoming began the match at the 174 pound weight class between Austin Clayton and No. 17 Hayden Hastings, with Hastings claiming a quick pin on Clayton.

Senior Cade Belshay (184) stepped onto the mat against No. 22 Tate Samuelson for a scoreless first period. Belshay earned an escape point to put himself up 1-0, but Samuelson would answer right back in the third to tie.

The two battled it out and ultimately, Belshay scored a two-point takedown before the referee would review his own call and reversed his decision, forcing the bout to go into overtime. An escape point was awarded to Samuelson in the remaining seconds of the match to give the Cowboys a second victory.

Down by nine points in the team dual, the Sun Devils' momentum was at the helm of Norfleet and in 1:43 he silenced the crowd by pinning Cowboy Stephen Buchanan, putting up six points for ASU on the board.

There would be no rematch between Schultz and No. 13 Brian Andrews, as Brooks Baker stepped onto the mat for Wyoming instead. Schultz earned a quick takedown to begin the bout and six minutes later he pinned Baker.

The Sun Devils went on to win four weight classes after Schultz's victory. Transfers Michael McGee and Peter Lipari kept their opponents in close range before tacking points on in the third period.

After Crooks, the Sun Devils forfeited at the 157 weight class, giving the Cowboys six points, cutting the ASU lead to 26-15.

In the last match of the day, Valencia secured the team win with four takedowns in his 12-7 decision victory over No. 22 Cole Moody.

The Sun Devils will wrestle in a tri-dual against Pac-12 opponents Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly next Thursday., Feb. 11 beginning at 11 am (MST) on ASU Live Stream.

ASU will recognize their six seniors: Anthony Valencia, Kordell Norfleet, Cade Belshay, Cory Crooks, Navonte Demison and Peter Lipari.

Fans can follow @ASUWrestling on Twitter to stay up to date with their upcoming matches.

Results:
174: #17 Hayden Hastings (WYO) defeats Austin Clayton (ASU)(0-1) Fall 1:03, 0-6
184: #22 Tate Samuelson (WYO) defeats Cade Belshay (ASU)(2-2) TB-1 2-1, 0-9
197: #5 Kordell Norfleet (ASU)(4-0) defeats #21 Stephen Buchanan (WYO) Fall 1:43, 6-9
HWT: #7 Cohlton Schultz (ASU)(7-0) defeats Brooks Baker (WYO) Fall 6:31, 12-9
125: #4 Brandon Courtney (ASU)(5-0) defeats Brendon Garcia (WYO) MD 14-2, 16-9
133: #7 Michael McGee (ASU)(4-0) defeats #20 Job Greenwood (WYO) Dec. 8-3, 19-9
141: #25 Peter Lipari (ASU)(2-1) defeats Chase Zollmann (WYO) Dec. 6-3, 22-9
149: Cory Crooks (ASU)(3-1) defeats Jaron Jensen (WYO) MD 19-9, 26-9
157: #21 Jacob Wright (WYO) over ASU (forfeit), 26-15
165: #4 Anthony Valencia (ASU)(4-0) defeats #22 Cole Moody (WYO), Dec. 12-7, 29-16

Extra Matches:
125- #4 Brandon Courtney (6-0) defeats Darrick Stacey (WYO), MD 14-6
141- Darren Green (WYO) defeats #25 Peter Lipari (2-2), Dec. 7-3
141- Julian Chlebove (ASU)(3-3) defeats Trevor Jeffries (WYO), Dec. 5-3
149- Cory Crooks (ASU)(4-1) defeats Ridge Briggs (WYO), MD 16-4
149- Jesse Vasquez (ASU)(2-0) defeats Warren Carr (WYO), Fall 4:03
165- #5 Anthony Valencia (ASU)(3-0) defeats Brett McIntosh (WYO), Dec. 10-5
197- Tucker Tomlinson (WYO) defeats David Remer David Remer (ASU)(0-1), MD 12-2
285- Chad Porter (ASU)(1-2) defeats Terren Swartz (WYO), Dec. 5-1

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