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.