Oregon State All-American Brandon Kaylor (photos courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Is there a new look in the desert?
A new two-piece singlet, new arena, and new faces to the lineup did not stop the fact that Arizona State is still one of the best teams in the country. The Sun Devils upset No. 3 Missouri in the home opener at Mullet Arena.
Although the singlets were questionable, the results were not. Richard Figueroa started the dual with a statement victory over Noah Surtin. He picked up a late reversal and takedowns in the second and third periods to capture a 6-4 decision.
141-pound Jesse Vasquez was the wrestler of the night, upsetting No. 6 Allan Hart 3-1 with a takedown in the final seconds of the match. Once ASU stole a match from the Tigers, they knew they were in the driver's seat. Even though it came down to the final match, Cohlton Schultz cruised to help the Sun Devils to the 19-17 victory.
Stanford and Little Rock fall short against top-25 teams
Stanford was stunned at home against Rutgers 20-15 over the weekend. One of the reasons the Cardinal squad failed to capture a win at home was their lack of bonus points in matchups they were heavily favored.
Shane Griffith won 9-2 over unranked Connor O'Neill, Daniel Cardenas won 17-11 over Andrew Clark and No. 30 Nico Provo fell to unranked Dean Peterson.
In addition, Stanford fell into an 11-point deficit within the first few matches. Therefore, they were clawing back into the dual throughout the night. Lastly, Rutgers scored bonus points in three of their five wins.
Little Rock was shut out by Oklahoma, falling 37-0 on the road. Oklahoma had five bonus-point victories out of their 10 wins against the Trojans. Little Rock's Joseph and Matty Bianchi were a couple of points short of earning wins against ranked opponents in the 149 and 157-pound weight classes.
Lastly, Triston Wills fell 3-2 to No. 13 Darrien Roberts.
Beavers and Roadrunners capture medals at Roadrunner Open
Brandon Kaylor, Cleveland Belton, Matthew Olguin, Mason Reiniche, Trey Munoz and Tanner Harvey returned to Corvallis with gold medals from the Roadrunner Open. Kaylor swept his competition easily before earning a sudden victory over Rutgers' Dylan Shawver.
Belton was on a similar path of strong outings before earning a 4-2 victory over Angelo Martinoni in the finals.
Munoz had the most dominant performance with two falls, a major decision and a 5-3 victory over Brian Soldano in the finals.
Martinoni was one of the four Roadrunners who finished with a medal in their home tournament. He finished second while Eddie Flores finished third, Albert Urias finished fourth and Isaac Salas finished fifth.
Lastly, Chance Rich finished sixth after making the semis in the 133-pound class and medically forfeiting out.