ASU weekend recap: Wrestling finishes 4th at NCAA Championships for second straight year

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Arizona State's Cohlton Schultz, left, wrestles Minnesota's Gable Steveson at 285 pounds in the finals during the sixth session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Arizona State's Cohlton Schultz, left, wrestles Minnesota's Gable Steveson at 285 pounds in the finals during the sixth session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.

Arizona State wrestling finished fourth overall at the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year on Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Cohlton Schultz was ASU's only finalist and became the national runner-up at heavyweight in a 6-2 decision against Minnesota's Gable Steveson.

Schultz became the first ASU wrestler to claim the Gorriaran Award since Curley Culp in 1967. The honor is given to the wrestler with the most pins in the least amount of time. Schultz had two pins in the first two rounds in 2:17 minutes.

ASU placed four other All-Americans through consolation, including Brandon Courtney (125), Michael McGee (133), Kyle Parco (149), and Jacori Teemer (157). McGee fell in the semifinals, but fought back in the consolation semifinals to take fourth overall in the third-place match. Courtney and Teemer both fell in the semifinals and finished sixth overall.

Arizona State's Michael McGee, left, wrestles Northern Iowa's Kyle Biscoglia at 133 pounds during the second session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Arizona State's Michael McGee, left, wrestles Northern Iowa's Kyle Biscoglia at 133 pounds during the second session of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.

Schultz earned a team-high 20 points, followed by McGee (14), Courtney (11), Teemer (11), Parco (6.5), Kordell Norfleet (3), and Anthony Valencia (1.5), as ASU scored 66.5 team points. The Sun Devils finished seven points ahead of Nebraska.

Penn State won the national team title, followed by Michigan and Iowa, last year's national champion.

ASU won its only national title in 1988 and had runner-up finishes in 1989 and 1990. There have been four fourth-place finishes in 1993, 1995, 2021 and this year.

Around campus

  • No. 14 ASU gymnastics finished fifth at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, scoring a 196.675 Saturday in West Valley City, Utah. ASU has finished in the top five the past three conference championships. Freshman Alex Theodorou scored 9.900 on vault to tie for second among all Pac-12 gymnasts on vault. ASU will find out where it will be sent for NCAA Regionals at the NCAA Selection Show at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Sophomore Lindsay Looney set a new school record in the 200 fly to finish 10th with 1:53.25 at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships. ASU placed 11th in the 800 free relay as Looney, Erica Laning, Emma Nordin, and Erin Milligan went 6:59.71 for a personal best.

  • No. 9 ASU water polo (13-9, 1-2) had an early hat trick from freshman Vanda Baksa, but fell 15-7 to No. 4 Cal on Friday. Baksa now holds sole possession of the all-time freshman goal record at 64, passing Rowie Webster's 63 goals in 2006.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: ASU wrestler Cohlton Schultz finishes second at NCAA Championships