Arizona State vs Stanford – Preview + Predictions
For the last six years, the Oregon State Beavers have owned the PAC-12 championships, bringing home
team titles from 2012 through 2016. 2017 looks to crown a new king and today in Stanford, California in
a dual between the Cardinal and the Arizona State Sun Devils, we will be given a good indication as to
who that new king may be. Rankings have Arizona State favored four matches to Stanford’s three, with
three other matches a battle between unranked wrestlers.
125 lbs – #17 Gabriel Townsell (Stanford) Vs U.R. Josh Kramer (Arizona State)
Townsell made his name a known one at the Southern Scuffle with victories over a multitude of ranked
opponents including #10 Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa, #12 Nathan Kraisser of Campbell and #11 Nick
Piccininni of Oklahoma State. With ones such as these, it would seem a sure win for the Cardinal.
However, Townsell has also lost a few head scratchers this year as well. He recently lost to Princeton’s
unranked Ty Agaisse 3-2 in a dual on the 14 th . The prediction goes to Townsell, but no guarantees.
133 lbs – #14 Connor Schram (Stanford) Vs U.R. Ali Naser (Arizona State)
This ought to be another victory for the Cardinal, although Arizona State should be able to keep it to a
141 lbs – #3 Joey McKenna (Stanford) Vs U.R. Nick Villarreal (Arizona State)
This will be an area where the Cardinal could put some big points on the board with a technical fall or
fall. With the Valencia brothers always looking for bonus points in their matches, anything less, is
149 lbs – U.R. Walker Dempsey (Stanford) Vs Josh Maruca (Arizona State)
Although unranked, common opponents and record comparisons do more than suggest that Maruca is
the favored wrestler in this match. Avoiding bonus points will be a challenge for the Cardinal, as this
match will end in no less than a major decision, if not a technical fall or fall for the Sun Devils.
157 lbs – U.R. Paul Fox (Stanford) Vs #12 Josh Shields (Arizona State)
This is a must win match for Stanford, in order for them to win the dual meet. The inconsistent Fox will
have to wrestle his best and pull out an upset against the very consistent Shields. Shields had an eleven
match win streak until suffering a loss to #10 Clay Ream of North Dakota State. The last time Fox and
Ream met a year ago, Fox won 13-3. This is a winnable match for the Cardinal.
165 lbs – #19 Keaton Subjeck (Standford) Vs #9 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)
Subjeck has shown us his ability to knock off higher ranked opponents already this season. In November
he knocked off #4 Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State in a wild 18-13 match. An upset against Valencia is not
out of the question, although a more realistic outcome is a loss by decision. Avoiding bonus points is
essential for the Cardinal.
174 lbs – #16 Jim Wilson (Stanford) Vs #3 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
26-0 Valencia has had a couple of close matches, but he has outwrestled every opponent he’s stepped
out on the mat against. At the end of the season, he could be the one standing on top of the podium at
the NCAA’s. Wilson on the other hand rides the fence between low end All American and round of
twelve finisher. There is clearly a big gap between the two, and it’ll be difficult for Stanford to avoid
bonus points in this matchup.
184 lbs – U.R. Zach Nevills (Stanford) Vs U.R. Connor Small (Arizona State)
As said in previous previews before and will be said again, in many dual meets a lot of the time the most
important matches are the ones between the unknown, unmentioned, and unranked opponents. This is
a must win match for both Arizona State and Stanford in winning this dual meet.
197 lbs – U.r. Josh Marchok (Stanford) Vs U.R. Austyn Harris (Arizona State)
See 184 lbs.
285 lbs – #13 Nathan Butler (Stanford) Vs #4 Tanner Hall (Arizona State)
On paper, this looks to be another victory for the Sun Devils, but history suggest a different outcome. In
three matches, Butler leads two wins to Hall’s one. Thus far Butler has defeated Hall 1-0 and 4-2 and the
last time the two met, it took a series of tiebreakers before Hall walked off the mat with a 3-2 win. If
Butler can extend his lead three matches to one, then the Cardinal will win this dual. Many must win
matches in this dual between the two PAC-12 powerhouses and this is most certainly one of them.
FINAL OVERALL PREDICTION
ARIZONA STATE 18