photo courtesy of Will Edmonds/ASU athletics
This week’s College Wrestler of the Week, Cohlton Schultz of Arizona State, went unbeaten in three contests for the Sun Devils. The redshirt freshman started the week with a forfeit from Pac-12 rival Cal Poly on Thursday. From there, the competition got much stiffer for Schultz. His schedule on Sunday included two of the top-six wrestlers in the nation, #5 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) and #6 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa). Cohlton’s first bout of the day pitted him against Gremmel with their dual hanging in the balance. The Sun Devils clung to a 17-15 lead, making the clash a “winner-take-all” affair. A hands-to-the-face call accounted for the first point of the match in Schultz’s favor. He added a second point with an escape, but only after Gremmel amassed more than a minute of riding time. That riding time coupled with an escape point for the Cyclone in the third stanza sent the bout to sudden victory. After no points were scored in that minute, Schultz managed to get an escape before riding out Gremmel for his portion of the 30-second top/bottom exchange, which gave him a 3-2 win.
There was less suspense from an individual and team standpoint during the Sun Devils’ second match of the afternoon against Northern Iowa. With a victory for ASU already locked up, Schultz used a takedown in the opening period to cruise to a 4-0 win over Isley.
The two wins helped Arizona State finish the regular season with a 6-0 dual record, including a 2-0 mark against Pac-12 foes. Schultz is also undefeated at 10-0. Cohlton entered the weekend ranked tenth in the nation, but will certainly rise after his pair of big wins. He now owns wins over three returning national qualifiers and three of the top-four placewinners at the 2020 Big 12 Championships (1. Brian Andrews – Wyoming, 2. Gremmel, 4. Isley). The 2019 Junior World silver medalist in Greco has proven that while there’s plenty of hype surrounding the top-three 285 lbers, he should be mentioned in the same breath as those elite athletes.
Congratulations to TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week, Cohlton Schultz.