The Arizona State redshirt sophomore and this summer's junior world silver medalist has been flawless so far at 174 pounds, first beating No. 2 Mark Hall, followed by No. 4 Myles Amine, and now No. 3 Bo Jordan. Valencia came into the season ranked second behind Hall, the returning NCAA champion, but all that changed when Valencia got some revenge at the All-Star dual on Nov. 5 to take over the top spot.
After that Valencia and the Sun Devils hit the road for back-to-back meets at Michigan and Ohio State this past weekend, where he defeated Amine 4-2 and Jordan 9-4, respectively. In his win over Jordan on Sunday, Valencia launched a high-velocity offensive attack on his feet that powered him to the victory.
Zahid Valencia's incredible start to the season, which already includes wins over the Nos. 2-, 3-, and 4-ranked wrestlers in the country, makes him our FloWrestler of the Week.
Other FloWrestler of the Week Nominees:Scotty Parker, Lehigh: Was the Hammer Award winner of the Journeymen Collegiate Classic after defeating No. 17 Dennis Gustafson (Virginia Tech), No. 12 Josh Terao (American), and No. 3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State).
Watch Scotty Parker edge Kaid Brock late to get the win:
Josh Shields, ASU: Knocked off No. 4 Micah Jordan 7-4 on Sunday after taking out No. 8 Alec Pantaleo 4-3 earlier in the week.
Te'Shan Campbell, Ohio State: Overwhelmed No. 7 Anthony Valencia for a 14-0 win.
Drew Mattin, Michigan: Defeated No. 7 Sean Russell and No. 13 Brock Hudkins.