It’s been awhile since there’s been a duo of brothers, who had a more anticipated debut than the Valencia brothers. Anthony (165) and Zahid (174) took the mat for Arizona State against a very competitive field at the Daktronics Open.
At 165, Anthony Valencia went undefeated knocking off Dane Fischer (fall), Johnny Blankenship (10-3), Justin Arthur (12-4) and Brandon Krone (12-1). He reached the finals where he would have wrestled teammate Jacen Petersen. The two elected to not wrestle one another, however, Valencia did beat Petersen soundly in the wrestle off.
Anthony takes out Fischer:
Best match for Anthony? 12-1 over Krone in semi's:
Zahid was a bonus point machine in the 174 bracket winning by fall over Collin Carr and Brian Stanford.
Zahid pinfalls Collin Carr:
He then then teched #20 Nick Wanzek and majored a soon to be ranked David Kocer, 17-6. (of note, Kocer beat #6 Lelund Weatherspoon Friday!)
Zahid techs #20 Wanzek:
Unreal Pace: Kocer under Zahid's Pressure:
As a whole, Arizona State had a very strong showing with Josh Maruca (149) and Tanner Hall (285) winning titles. Hall had a monster showing, winning a bracket with multiple ranked wrestlers. Hall beat Denzel Dejournette in the semi's and #5 Mike Kroells of Minnesota in the finals.
Hall takes out Kroells in tiebreakers:
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