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Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Zahid Valencia
School: Arizona State
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Sophomore
Valencia’s quest to become just the fifth undefeated freshman D1 champion ended in the national semi-finals when he was upset by fellow freshman Mark Hall (Penn State), 4-3. Still, Zahid ended the year 38-1, ultimately finishing third in St. Louis, and returns as one of the favorites no matter what weight he competes at in 2017-18.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
9 because of my one loss. A 10 would have been a perfect season.
What are you working on this off-season?
I’m working to make another Junior world team and go to Finland to win the World Championships.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
I’m wrestling freestyle.
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
What was your favorite match this season?
The Finals at Vegas against Brian Realbuto (Cornell).
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
That you don’t have to wear headgear.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
Business and Real Estate.