As I have mentioned before, wrestling is my favorite sport. (The real stuff, not WWE.) An unfortunate reality in the world of wrestling is that at the college level, the sport is being decimated. 458 programs have been dropped since 1972. As a wrestling fan, I’ve written letters, bought t-shirts and donated money to try to save myriad programs, including Syracuse, Clemson, Slippery Rock, Fresno St. and Eastern Illinois. Oregon just finished their final season (damn you, Nike!) and on Tuesday, Arizona State announced that they were dropping wrestling, effective immediately. (They are also dropping men’s swimming and men’s tennis, citing economic reasons.) This breaks my heart, not just because a storied program is ending, not just because the Pac-10 is quickly dying, but also because of the hotties we’ll be missing out on. With that in mind, I bring to you the hotties of Arizona State wrestling, both present and past.
Heavyweight Quinton Pruett, formerly a Sun Devil. How cruel is the AD at ASU to deny us this?
First, ASU ghosts of Christmas present.
At 125, Anthony Robles at 125 pounds.
Your eyes are not deceiving you – Robles has one leg, and yet he was a starter on the ASU squad as a freshman this season, and came within one match of becoming an All-American. Also, look at his arms!
Brent Chriswell (on top-giggle)
And now for the ghosts of ASU wrestling past:
Brian Stith – if the wrestler back was the only reason to save the sport, I’d still be buying the t-shirts!
C.B Dolloway, in black – currently an MMA fighter on this season’s “Ultimate Fighter”
Steve Blackford and Aaron Simpson – two hottie Sun Devils for the price of one!