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Arizona State University Wrestler Represents United States in Freestyle Championships

01 August 2017
ASU Sun Devil Redshirt Sophomore Zahid Valencia Competes In Junior World Freestyle Championship in Tampere, Finland

Arizona State University Athletics announced redshirt sophomore Zahid Valencia will once again be representing the United States in the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Tampere Finland.

The California-native decided to attend Arizona State University after dominating the local competition in Bellflower, California, winning three state titles. After redshirting last season, Valencia was the Pac-12 Champion in the 2016-2017 campaign at 174 pounds while taking home wrestler and newcomer/freshman of the year for the conference; the first time one person has won both awards.

Part of Valencia’s impressive campaign was winning the UWW Junior Freestyle Championship, qualifying him for the Junior World Championship.

The competition, which takes place August 1st to 2nd, will be Valencia’s third appearance in the Junior Championship. It was stated Valencia took 10th place in 2015 and 7th place in 2016.

Valencia joins a team with other wrestlers from various universities across the United States.

Torrence Dunham

Torrence Dunham is a multimedia journalist who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  Torrence is our Correspondent covering local news and events in Prescott Valley. He is also the lead sports correspondent and play-by-play pro for all our multimedia news sites. If he's not adding to his extensive sports bobble-head collection, he's talking baseball, his favorite. Follow him on Twitter: @Tadunham.