Zahid Valencia Suspended Indefinitely by ASU. Reigning 184lbs NCAA Wrestling Champion

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To those that have been just now following collegiate wrestling, you may not have heard the huge news and realize what implications it has. Arizona State's Zahid Valencia, two time 184lbs NCAA champion, failed a drug test while in Italy at a freestyle competition. The drug was apparently recreational and not performance enhacing.

This is huge for two reasons:
1. Zahid Valencia is considered the best pound-for-pound wrestler, for all weigh classes this year. His 20-0 record doesn't due justice to the dominance he has had over the competition. This is synonymous to a leading Heisman candidate being disqualified and potentially not allowed in the playoffs.

2. With this suspension, it makes Virginia Tech's own Hunter Bolen, the current #1 184lber in the country. This only improves his chance to the NCAA title and the Hokies potentially having a repeat, first time champion. Bolen has already defeated the potential #2 and #3 wrestler.

Because the suspension is indefinite, no one is sure how this will effect his senior year post season at the NCAA Championships or if he will be eligible to compete at the Olympic Trials.

In other news, I'll put out a Virginia Tech vs. Pitt preview on Friday.

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Cut and divide it all right in two

Wow, big news. Not sure how to feel... I am excited to see whether Bolen can seize the opportunity but I also think it stinks that he may not get a chance to face the clear #1 talent in the weight class due to a recreational drug suspension.

I heard its alot worse than a recreational drug

Cut and divide it all right in two

Click here to destroy wall.

The drug was apparently recreational and not performance enhacing.

Flame war on punishing athletes for smoking weed incoming in 3... 2... 1...

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I think it was something else other then weed anyway

Cut and divide it all right in two

Strong rumor is that its cocaine

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

Good way to stay in the weight class, though

/s

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...that's like weed at ASU tho...all the high dollar kids with high dollar parents from LA, whose parents were NOT Aunt Becky and couldn't get them into UCLA or USC, including Colin Cowherd's daughter, all end up at ASU.

and do cocaine

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BSME 2009

Colin Cowherd's daughter does cocaine.

Thats my main takeaway from this thread now.

Gobble Till You Wobble

Gobble Till You Wobble

If it was weed, I say forget the suspension and make him wrestle high for the rest of the season. After getting tossed and twisted on the mat, he will have adequately learned his lesson.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Someone has clearly never listened to Joe Rogan ramble on nearly that exact subject /sbutnotreally

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

nope, not entirely a Joe Rogan fan

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Wow, he went a long way to score some weed...

...the Hokies potentially having a repeat, first time champion.

How is this even possible?

(Yes, I understand the context, but at first read, it sounds like a single wrestler being a repeat, first time champion.)

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

That got me at first as well, "back-to-back years with a first time champion" would probably read better

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Same

I don't know what you're talking about, seems clear to me. Then again, I'm high on cocaine right now.

Dude let's party!

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I feel great man. I feel freaking awesome. I could wrestle anyone.

To test positive with cocaine, he had to have partook very, very close to when the test was administered.

From the same guy, Daton Fix top ranked 133 lber from Oklahoma State, has also been suspended after a failed test.
Edit: Just saw he is taking an Olympic redshirt this season, so I guess it is only his potential Olympic participation that is jeopardy.

Imagine being a multi-year national champion, a total stud athlete, and also be addicted to cocaine. Obviously there's also a lot of work involved, but it makes me reflect on how unlucky some of us are in the athletic-gene lol.

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If cocaine's not performance enhancing, I feel bad for all the dudes I know that did it before fball games...

Should have taken rabies

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The cocaine made Druckenmiller good at football.