Schultz Prize, Parco Collect Pac-12


SAN FRANCISCO- Two of the highest honors in the Pac-12 conference went to Sun Devils Cohlton Schultz and Kyle Parco. Schultz, the 2022 conference heavyweight champion and national heavyweight finalist, was named wrestler of the year. Parco, who transferred to ASU ahead of the 2021-22 season before winning Pac-12 gold at 149 and finishing as an All-American, won the Newcomer of the Year award. Schultz is the second Sun Devil under Zeke Jones win WOTY (Zahid Valencia, 2017-2019). Parco is the second under Jones to win NOTY (Valencia ’17, Kordell Norfleet ’18).

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Schultz has become one of the greatest wrestlers to wear a maroon and gold singlet in recent years. The Parker, Colorado native won his second straight Pac-12 heavyweight title this season and finished second in the NCAA championships, becoming an All-American for the second straight season. Schultz also received the Gorriaran Award for getting the most pins in the shortest time during the NCAA Tournament. He is the third Sun Devil to receive the award after Charles Tribble in 1965 and Curley Culp in 1967. Schultz went 22-1 this year with eight pins and five major decisions. On the international stage, Schultz was part of the USA Greco Senior World Team last fall and is preparing to return to his spot in a few weeks.

Parco has been an absolutely electric addition to the Sun Devils lineup. The Danville, Calif. native came to ASU after Fresno State halted its wrestling program. Parco went 19-1 in the regular season at 149 before winning his first Pac-12 title. He then earned his second All-America nomination with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He picked up two pins, six major decisions and a pair of technical wins in his first year as the Sun Devil – and who could forget his glorious #ParcoBomb against Jonathan Millner to start the year?


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