Overall: Arizona State is a really slick team and they have a lot of talent redshirting this season. I hope we get to see them again next year, as it will likely be a big dual between potential top five teams.
I believe Missouri is a little more hard-nosed and tough from the top position and that they will take the majority of the tough bouts and bonus points here.
This dual will feature incredible individual bouts at 125, 149, 157, 165 and 174. The 184 match is an interesting one for me as it talks to the depth of both teams to have a solid guy to fill that weight class despite the injuries both teams have suffered this year.
All rankings utilized are from the NCAA Coaches Poll first run rankings. I like the way Missouri is wrestling lately and I expect a great performance for them against ASU on Friday night.
The dual will be on the PAC 12 Network for those with that cable subscription.
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#21 Dack Punke (9-5) vs. Brandon Courtney (12-11)
Thoughts: This is an interesting stylistic match-up. Punke is really good at controlling ties in neutral and setting up both his Hi-C and his low single.
Courtney will wrestle from space a bit more and is longer than Punke is for this weight class. Past All-American, #10 Ryan Milhoff is the typical starter for the Sun Devils at this weight class, but has been unavailable for awhile due to injury concerns.
In his absence Courtney has been fairly successful and has wins over #26 Trey Chalifoux (Army) and past NCAA qualifier Christian Moody (Oklahoma). Look for a high paced bout with very little scoring, between the two up and coming freshman here.
Punke has been solid from top this season, but has avoided the bottom position against tough opponents when possible, and Courtney has been fairly similar in that he has been tough on top, but has struggled at times from underneath.
I look for Punke to get the better of the neutral wrestling here and to notch a takedown, but for Courtney to make up the point with a quick escape and riding time.
I see this as a potential swing match and I believe Punke will pick up a winning takedown either late in the third or in overtime to take a very tightly contested bout here
This match could be a lot of fun if both guys open up or if a big move is scored early, as both have a lot of great offense.
Prediction: Punke Dec. Courtney 4-2 SV1 (Mizz 3-0)
#10 John Erneste (13-3) vs. #24 Josiah Kline (18-9) OR Josh Kramer (7-6)
Thoughts: I am excited to see how Erneste looks this late in the season.
He has not seen a ranked foe in awhile, and although he got quick falls in his last two dual bouts he did not look as sharp as he is capable of being.
Erneste is a big favorite here regardless of, which wrestler meets him. I would expect Kline to get the call here.
Kline has an interesting history as he was a state champion for Rock Bridge high school his junior season, which is in Columbia Missouri.
He moved to Arizona his senior year and ended up matriculating to Lock Haven before finding a home at Arizona State.