Larkin To Compete at World University Championships in Tokyo

Oct. 25, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State sophomore wrestler Eric Larkin will compete as a member of the U.S. National Team in the World University Championships, Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5 in Tokyo, Japan.

Larkin, the only current collegiate wrestler on the national team, will represent the U.S. at 141 pounds in the freestyle category. He will depart for Tokyo Monday, Oct. 30 from Phoenix and return Monday, Nov. 6. The weigh-in for the competition will take place Thursday, Oct. 2.

'It is important for Eric to keep pace with his freestyle development while in college as he intends to be on the 2004 Olympic team,' ASU head coach Lee Roy Smith said. 'Because the World University Championships allow for wrestlers up to 25 years of age to compete, at 21, he will be challenged experience-wise. This level of competition will only benefit Eric's collegiate career.'

A 1999 NCAA All-American and Pac-10 Champion as a true freshman, Larkin used his redshirt year last season to train for the Olympic Trials in which he placed third. As a member of the national team last year, he also placed second in the western regional and fifth at the U.S. National Championships.

Larkin was also the first Sun Devil freshman to earn All-America honors since Markus Mollica won the 1993 national title at 158 pounds, both under the tutelage of Smith.

The ASU wrestling team will kick off the 2001 season at the Cal Open Sunday, Nov. 12 in Fullerton, Calif. While Larkin is in Japan, the rest of the Sun Devils will host the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open at Desert Vista High School Saturday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 5.

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