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Cal Poly Closes Out Dual Meet Season Sunday by Hosting Arizona State

Cal Poly Closes Out Dual Meet Season Sunday by Hosting Arizona State


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly wraps up the dual meet portion of its 2017-18 schedule Sunday afternoon by hosting Arizona State for a Senior Day Pac-12 encounter.

First bout begins at 1 p.m. Four Mustang seniors — Colton Schilling (pictured at right), Luke Wilson, Killian Vendler and Spencer Empey — will be honored prior to the start of the dual.

Arizona State, which hosts No. 7 Lehigh on Friday night, sports a 10-2 overall record and a No. 8 national ranking. The Sun Devils are first in the Pac-12 with a 3-0 mark. Cal Poly is 0-7 and 0-3.

Cal Poly will send a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers onto the mat against Arizona State.

Schilling is ranked No. 31 at 141 pounds by the NCAA Coaches Panel and sports an 11-5 record with a team-leading eight falls. He is perfect in dual meets at 5-0.

Sophomore Tom Lane is 13-7 for the season with one fall, three technical falls and a trio of major decisions en route to a No. 23 ranking at 197 pounds.

Two other Mustang wrestlers sport modest winning streaks heading into Sunday's dual.

Junior Joshy Cortez has won his last four matches, including an overtime fall against Oregon State last week, and is 11-9 for the year while sophomore Matt Wilhelm has won six in a row on his way to a 14-6 record, including a 6-1 mark in duals.

Arizona State, which recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its 1988 NCAA national championship — the Sun Devils are the only team west of the Rockies to win a national championship in wrestling — will have as many as nine nationally ranked wrestlers in Sunday's lineup.

That list is led by Zahid Valencia, ranked No. 1 at 174 pounds with a spotless 23-0 record. His older brother, Anthony Valencia, is ranked No. 15 at 165 pounds with a 22-8 mark.

A three-time California state champion from St. John Bosco, Zahid Valencia won a Pac-12 title and finished third in the NCAAs as a redshirt freshman last year. Anthony Valencia, one year older than Zahid, also claimed a Pac-12 title last year as a redshirt freshman and was an NCAA qualifier after capturing three California state crowns.

Other nationally ranked Sun Devils include 285-pounder Tanner Hall (16-5, Nos. 4-9 in the various polls), 157-pounder Josh Shields (26-2, Nos. 4-7), 149-pounder Jason Tsirtsis (14-5, Nos. 9-14), 125-pounder Ryan Millhof (13-3, Nos. 12-17), 133-pounder Ali Naser (18-9, Nos. 13-19), 149-pounder Josh Maruca (21-8, No. 12) and 184-pounder Kordell Norfleet (9-10, No. 33).

Arizona State owns a 34-14 advantage over Cal Poly in the overall series, winning last year's dual in Tempe, 30-15.

The Sun Devils are coached by Zeke Jones, in his fourth season at the helm of his alma mater. He guided Arizona State to the 2017 Pac-12 team title with five individual champions and, so far, a 50-22 overall mark in dual meets.

An Olympic silver medalist for the United States in 1992 at Barcelona, Jones was the 1991 World Champion at 52kg, a four-time World Cup Champion, and coached the United States' Olympians in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2012 Olympic Games. A member of Arizona State's 1988 NCAA championship team, Jones was a three-time All-American and Pac-10 champion for the Sun Devils.

The two teams are idle next week and will prepare for the Pac-12 Championships hosted by Oregon State on Feb. 25. The NCAA Division I National Championships are slated for March 15-17 inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Probable Starting Lineups
Cal Poly (0-7, 0-3 Pac-12)
125 — Yoshito Funakoshi, Junior, Torrance, Calif. (3-7)
133 — Ty Schilling, Sophomore, Brownsville, Oregon (1-11)
141 — No. 31 Colton Schilling, Senior, Brownsville, Oregon (11-5)
149 — Joshy Cortez, Junior, Temecula, Calif. (11-9)
157 — Jett Moy, Freshman (Redshirt), Carlsbad, Calif. (2-11)
165 — Ryan Farina, Freshman (Redshirt), Tempe, Ariz. (3-10)
174 — Killian Vendler, Senior, San Marino, Calif. (2-10)
184 — Matt Wilhelm, Sophomore, Manahawkin, N.J. (14-6)
197 — No. 23 Tom Lane, Sophomore, Garden City, N.Y. (13-7)
285 — Spencer Empey, Senior, Sparks, Nevada (6-10)

Arizona State (10-2, 3-0 Pac-12)
125 — No. 12 Ryan Millhof, Junior, Suwanee, Georgia (13-3) or Josh Kramer, Sophomore, Buckeye, Ariz. (16-8)
133 — No. 13 Ali Naser, Senior, Woodland Hills, Calif. (18-10)
141 — Nikko Villarreal, Sophomore, Gilroy, Calif. (14-13)
149 — No. 12 Josh Maruca, Sophomore, Murrysville, Penn. (21-8) or No. 9 Jason Tsirtsis, Senior, Crown Point, Ind. (14-5)
157 — No. 4 Josh Shields, Sophomore, Murrysville, Penn. (26-2) or Oliver Pierce, Senior, Allen, Texas (17-12)
165 — No. 15 Anthony Valencia, Sophomore, Bellflower, Calif. (22-8)
174 — No. 1 Zahid Valencia, Sophomore, Bellflower, Calif. (23-0)
184 — No. 33 Kordell Norfleet, Freshman, Chicago, Ill. (9-10)
197 — Cade Belshay, Freshman, Clovis, Calif. (8-13)
285 — No. 4 Tanner Hall, Junior, Meridian, Idaho (16-5)