FloWrestler Of The Week: Zahid Valencia, ASU

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There is no one having a better start to his season than Zahid Valencia.

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.

By The Numbers: US Open Senior Men's Freestyle

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Do you realize just how loaded these weight classes are on the senior level at the US Open? 

U.S. Open Junior Men's Freestyle Upperweight Preview

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What better place to watch the future stars of tomorrow, today, than at the junior freestyle U.S. Open? The junior age division at the U.S. Open attracts the best college and high school wrestlers aged 20 and under wrestlers from across the country. Below, we dig into what future upperweight stars will be battling in Vegas for a USA Wrestling stop sign. 

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U.S Open Junior Middleweights Preview

Here come the big dogs. These weight classes are absolutely loaded. From top to bottom the talent is at a high level.

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The Absolute 2019 U.S. Open Women's Preview

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Women's Open previews provided by Austin Keal, Evan Knaff, and Jeff Johnson.

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The Ultimate 2019 U.S. Open Greco-Roman Preview

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Tim Hands of 5 Point Move breaks down the senior Greco-Roman divisions of the 2019 U.S. Open.

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2019 U.S. Open Greco-Roman Upperweight Preview

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Tim Hands of 5 Point Move breaks down the middleweight senior Greco-Roman divisions of the 2019 U.S. Open.

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2019 US Open Preview 92kg: Nickal's Back

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Look at this photograph: 

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74kg Junior Is Stacked

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My friends, the 74kg Junior Division at the US Open is absolutely ba-nan-as. Seriously, the amount of talent in this weight class is incredible. 

7 New Senior Level Guys To Watch At The US Open

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Every year there are guys who make their Senior Level debut as a highly anticipated contender in their weight class. Last year it was Daton Fix and, to no one’s surprise, he was in the finals of the US Open and ultimately went on to contend for the World Team spot at Final X.

Mallory Velte Accepts Final X - Lincoln Berth

2018 World bronze medalist Mallory Velte (Sacramento, Calif./Titan Mercury WC) has officially accepted her berth in Final X. She will battle for the spot at 62 kg/136.5 lbs. on the 2019 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle at Final X: Lincoln on Saturday, June 15.