ASU pins down 2 of the nation's top recruits

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by Tyler Baldwin

azfamily.com

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 10:29 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When Arizona State University hired former Olympic wrestling coach Zeke Jones, he promised to return the program back to the elite status it had enjoyed for years.

Dan Severn, Cain Velasquez and Anthony Robles are just a few of the names that have poured their sweat out on the mats in Tempe.
 
Well, the program just took two big steps in the right direction.
 
ASU got two big-name verbal recruits.
 
The Valencia brothers are seniors from Saint John’s Bosco in California.
 
Pound for pound, Anthony Valencia is the No. 1-ranked high school wrestler in the country. His brother, Zahid, is ranked right behind him.
 
Zahid Valencia explains why they have been so successful on the mat.
 
"The work ethic that we have," he said. "We put a lot of time on the wrestling mat. Everything that we do, we want to be the best at it."
 
The siblings were in Tempe training with the U.S. National Teams. For the first time ever, three different divisions of the U.S. National Team were training together under the same roof, which meant these top high schoolers could train with Olympic gold medalists.
 
"This is also my home now," Anthony Valencia said. "I am going to be coming here to ASU so it feels great having these guys here."
 
Anthony is getting ready leave for Croatia to compete with the junior world team.
 
Brandon Slay, Olympic gold medalist and coach, explains what makes Anthony so dominate.
 
"What makes him so great is that he is extremely explosive" Slay said. "He attacks on a frequent basis. Just that hard, fast pace that he has, guys struggle to keep up with him."
 
"I just want to restart the dynasty because it hasn't been there the last few years," Anthony Valencia said. "My brother and I want to start it again with a few other guys."
 

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