Pac-12 Weekend Preview (12/19-12/21)

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All start times Pacific Standard Time. InterMat Individual/Tournament/Dual Rankings (December 14) are used where appropriate.

After the better part of two weeks from the competition mat, the Pac-12 conference returns in Week 8 to face high-level competition. Week 5 saw Oregon State, Cal Poly, and Stanford surge at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, while Little Rock's Triston Wills made the Trojans' first appearance of the season in the national rankings at 174lbs after earning a big upset win over then-#12 Andrew Mcnally (Wisconsin) at the Cougar Clash.

Ending the weekend strong, on Sunday the 19th, Oregon State, #25 Stanford, and #16 (tied) Cal Poly return to the Battle Born State, this time heading to the "Biggest Little City in the World" to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions. Expected to join the Pac-12 contingent are American, Clarion, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma State, and Wyoming, among other, non-Division 1 schools. Full starting line-ups are not expected, based on pre-tournament rumblings, but we will anticipate the best all the same. (Cal Poly's official schedule indicates "non-starters" for the event, while the rumor mill suggests Stanford All-American Real Woods may make his first appearance of the season.) The dual-meet between Pac-12 foes CSU Bakersfield and Little Rock slated for the 19th was scrapped on Friday the 17th due to COVID protocol. Instead, CSU Bakersfield will join their fellow Pac-12 teams in Reno - and they intend to bring their No. 1's.

The highly-touted and highly anticipated, #6 Arizona State returns to the mat on Monday the 20th, as they participate in the inaugural Collegiate Wrestling Duals. With twelve teams separated into two exclusive, six-team pools, the two-day event is expected to provide some of the best match-ups of the first-semester. It will also mark the Sun Devils' first action in the month of December, after taking a few weeks away from the competition mat. On Day 1, Arizona State takes on Hofstra and #9 Virginia Tech to set the placing-bouts within their pool. The potential Day 2 competitors are Northern Iowa, #11 Cornell, or #2 Penn State. "I think we need to be tested," Arizona State Assistant Coach Lee Pritts told the media on December 10th. "And we're getting ready to get tested - all the tests that we want are getting ready to come up here, real fast."


Sunday, December 19th

#16 (tied) Cal Poly, #25 Stanford, Oregon State, and CSU Bakersfield at the Reno Tournament of Champions - Live on FloWrestling

Monday, December 20th

#6 Arizona State faces Hofstra, #9 Virginia Tech at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals (Day 1) - Live on Rokfin (PPV)

Potential Ranked Matches (Arizona State vs. Hofstra)
125: #3 Brandon Courtney vs. UR Jacob Moon
133: #14 Michael McGee vs. UR Ty Cymmerman
141: #15 Jesse Vasquez vs. UR Justin Hoyle
149: #5 Kyle Parco vs. UR Michael Leandrou
157: #3 Jacori Teemer vs. UR Joe McGinty
165: #6 Anthony Valencia vs. UR Ricky Stamm
174: UR Zane Coleman / Cael Valencia vs. UR Ross McFarland
184: UR Josh Nummer vs. #25 Charles Small
197: #8 Kordell Norfleet vs. #26 Trey Rogers
285: #3 Cohlton Schultz vs. #20 Zachary Knighton-Ward

Potential Ranked Matches (Arizona State vs. Virginia Tech)
125: #3 Brandon Courtney vs. #16 Sam Latona
133: #14 Michael McGee vs. #4 Korbin Myers
141: #15 Jesse Vasquez vs. #31 Sam Hillegas
149: #5 Kyle Parco vs. #6 Bryce Andonian
157: #3 Jacori Teemer vs. #22 Connor Brady
165: #6 Anthony Valencia vs. UR Clayton Ulrey
174: UR Zane Coleman / Cael Valencia vs. #4 Mekhi Lewis
184: UR Josh Nummer vs. #9 Hunter Bolen
197: #8 Kordell Norfleet vs. UR Dakota Howard
285: #3 Cohlton Schultz vs. #14 Nathan Traxler

Tuesday, December 21st

#6 Arizona State in placing-bout, opponent TBD, at the Collegiate Wrestling Duals (Day 2) - Live on Rokfin (PPV)

Hypothetical Match-ups (#6 Arizona State vs. #2 Penn State)
125: #3 Brandon Courtney vs. UR Baylor Shunk
133: #14 Michael McGee vs. #1 Roman Bravo-Young
141: #15 Jesse Vasquez vs. #1 Nick Lee
149: #5 Kyle Parco vs. #22 Beau Bartlett
157: #3 Jacori Teemer vs. UR Tony Negron
165: #6 Anthony Valencia vs. #26 Creighton Edsell
174: UR Zane Coleman / Cael Valencia vs. #1 Carter Starocci
184: UR Josh Nummer vs. #1 Aaron Brooks
197: #8 Kordell Norfleet vs. #3 Max Dean
285: #3 Cohlton Schultz vs. #4 Greg Kerkvliet


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