Courtney to the finals
Arizona State wrestling had eight members travel to St. Louis for the NCAA Division I Championships and finished fourth overall in the team results:
125: After a hard fought run, Brandon Courtney lost to Iowa’s Spencer Lee in the final. His second place finish was the best of any Sun Devil.
Courtney cruised to the finals. He took decisions from Micah Roes of Binghamton, Eric Barnett of Wisconsin and North Carolina State’s Jakob Camacho by a combined score of 31-16. He needed a tiebreaker versus second-seeded Sam Latona to reach the finals.
133: No. 8 Chris Cannon from Northwestern defeated Arizona State’s Michael McGee on a fall in the second round. McGee had won his first round matchup versus Rider’s Richie Koehler.
Despite the early exit, McGee rallied to finish sixth in his bracket. He won four matches to get himself into that position before galling in the fifth-place match.
149: Corey Crooks fell in the opening round to North Carolina’s Austin O’Conner, the two-seed in the bracket, in a 12-4 major decision result.
He proceeded to beat Jarrett Degen of Iowa State in the first round of the consolation side. Fresno State’s Kyle Parco got the best of him the next round.
157: Jacori Teemer nearly pulled off the upset of sixth-seeded Brayton Lee from Minnesota in the second round. Teemer couldn’t find the last few points to put himself over the top as Lee won 4-3 by decision.
Teemer still finished fourth and his consolation run was quite incredible. To reach the third place match he won five matches taking down wrestlers from Navy, Michigan, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State and two-seeded Hayden Hidlay from North Carolina State.
165: Two-seeded Anthony Valencia also made it to the quarterfinals, but Ethan Smith from Ohio State won by major decision. Valencia ended up finishing eighth in his bracket after a consolation win against West Virginia’s Peyton Hall.
174: No. 20 Trenton Munoz started the tournament off by taking a 6-2 decision from No. 13 Jackson Hemauer from Northern Colorado. He didn’t find the same success against Nebraska’s fourth-seeded Mikey Labriola, who beat Munoz in a 5-3 decision.
Munoz lost in the first round of the consolation bracket to Drexel’s Michael O’Malley.
197: Kordell Norfleet reached the quarterfinals with ease. However, No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi took the 4-1 decision against Norfleet and continued on all the way to the title event.
Norfleet fell in his first consolation matchup against Missouri’s Rocky Elam.
285: Fourth-seeded Cohlton Schultz made it to the quarterfinals, but he ran into Tony Cassioppi from Iowa. Cassioppi bested Schultz 4-1 by decision. Schultz won his first two matches against Oklahoma State’s Austin Harris and Wyoming’s Brian Andrews.
Cassioppi got the best of Schultz again in the third-place match as the Sun Devil finsihed fourth. He had rolled through the consolation bracket to the rematch with Cassioppi by defeating No. 25 Nathan Traxler from Stanford, No. 9 Greg Kerkvliet from Penn State and No. 6 Gannon Gremmel from Iowa State.