Sun Devils Dominate Desert Duals

Nov. 24, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State wrestling squad dominated competition at the second annual Desert Duals, as the Sun Devils defeated Embry-Riddle 39-6, Minnesota-Morris 51-0, and Northwestern 41-0 at Wells Fargo Arena Friday.

In its season home opener, ASU won all but one bout in three contests to kick off the 2000-01 campaign with a perfect 3-0 dual record.

Sophomore All-American Eric Larkin led the way for the Sun Devils, as he won two matches by fall and one by a major decision. Larkin pinned his first opponent at 141 pounds, Brian Love from Embry-Riddle, at the 4:48 mark and followed up in his second match with a pin over Joel Fugleberg from Minnesota-Morris at just 2:14. In his final bout, Larkin notched a 10-1 major decision over Northwestern's Josh Ballard.

Senior All-American Steve Blackford also put in a good day's work at 165 pounds, defeating Brian Campbell of Embry-Riddle and Kris Hjelmeland of Minnesota-Morris by technical fall, and pinning Ryan Kane of Northwestern at 1:04 in his final bout of the day.

Also winning by fall for the Sun Devils were senior R.D. Pursell (184) over Eric Ortegren of Embry-Riddle at 4:17, junior Curtis Owen (174) over Mike Sloneker of Minnesota-Morris at 3:08 and sophomore Kellan Fluckiger (HWT) over Jeff Stewart of Minnesota-Morris at 3:39.

Northwestern finished runner-up in the round-robin dual competition, defeating Minnesota-Morris 37-6 and Embry-Riddle 28-15, before falling to ASU in the final match of the day 41-0. Embry-Riddle lost to ASU and Northwestern, but defeated Minnesota-Morris, who was 0-3 on the day, 43-12.

The Sun Devils will return to action this weekend as they travel to Nevada for the Las Vegas Invitational Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2.

Second Annual Desert Duals
Hosted by Arizona State University
Friday, Nov. 24, 2000
Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.

Round One
#10 Arizona State 39, Embry-Riddle 6

125: Jeff Charlebois (ASU) dec. Marcel Suehiro (ER), 14-10
133: Dan Hyman (ASU) dec. Johnny Hurtado (ER), 3-2
141: Eric Larkin (ASU) pinned Brian Love (ER), 4:48
149: Dana Holland (ASU) major dec. Adam Durant (ER), 21-11
157: Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Pat Cadwallader (ER), 12-4
165: Steve Blackford (ASU) tech. fall Brian Campbell (ER), 16-0, 4:21
174: Curtis Owen (ASU) major dec. Joe Hurtado (ER), 16-4
184: R.D. Pursell (ASU) pinned Eric Ortegren (ER), 4:17
197: Markus Streicher (ER) pinned Andy Swanson (ASU), 4:22
HWT: Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) major dec. Dan Maynard (ER), 11-1

Northwestern 37, Minnesota-Morris 6
125: Robert Potashnick (NW) dec. by forfeit
133: Paul Augle (NW) major dec. Darin Mathis (UM), 11-1
141: Josh Ballard (NW) dec. Joel Fugleberg (UM), 4-1
149: Ryan Cumbee (NW) dec. Jeremy Benson (UM), 8-5
157: Jason Erwinski (NW) pinned Jesse Cisneros (UM), 1:35
165: Ryan Kane (NW) dec. Kris Hjelmeland (UM), 8-6
174: Tom Ciezki (NW) injury def. Brian Eddy (UM)
184: Will Marcantel (NW) dec. Eric Steinhoff (UM), 9-5
197: Mike Japp (UM) dec. by forfeit
HWT: Mike Little (NW) major dec. Jeff Stewart (UM), 10-2

Round Two
#10 Arizona State 51, Minnesota-Morris 0
125: Jeff Charlebois (ASU) dec. by forfeit
133: David Douglas (ASU) tech. fall Darin Mathis (UM), 18-2, 3:15
141: Eric Larkin (ASU) pinned Joel Fugleberg (UM), 2:14
149: Dana Holland (ASU) tech. fall Jeremy Benson (UM), 19-3, 5:00
157: Rocky Smart (ASU) major dec. Ryan Hansen (UM), 16-5
165: Steve Blackford (ASU) tech. fall Kris Hjelmeland (UM), 19-4
174: Curtis Owen (ASU) pinned Mike Sloneker (UM), 3:08
184: R.D. Pursell (ASU) major dec. Eric Steinhoff (UM), 11-1
197: Mike Marshall (ASU) major dec. Mike Japp (UM), 14-6
HWT: Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) pinned Jeff Stewart (UM), 3:39

Northwestern 28, Embry-Riddle 15
125: Robert Potashnick (NW) pinned Marcel Suehiro (ER), 6:29
133: Paul Augle (NW) dec. Johnny Hurtado (ER), 5-1
141: Josh Ballard (NW) major dec. Brian Love (ER), 21-6
149: Ryan Cumbee (NW) pinned Adam Durant (ER), 2:52
157: Jason Erwinski (NW) dec. Pat Cadwallader (ER), 8-2
165: Ryan Kane (NW) dec. Brian Campbell (ER), 12-8
174: Joe Hurtado (ER) pinned Tom Ciezki (NW), 2:16
184: Will Marcantel (NW) dec. Eric Ortegren (ER), 11-4
197: Markus Streicher (ER) dec. by forfeit
HWT: Fred Wong (ER) dec. Mike Little (NW), 9-7

Round Three
#10 Arizona State 41, Northwestern 0

125: Jeff Charlebois (ASU) major dec. Robert Potashnick (NW), 10-2
133: David Douglas (ASU) major dec. Paul Augle (NW), 12-2
141: Eric Larkin (ASU) major dec. Josh Ballard (NW), 10-1
149: Dana Holland (ASU) dec. Ryan Cumbee (NW), 16-11
157: Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Jason Erwinski (NW), 6-2
165: Steve Blackford (ASU) pinned Ryan Kane (NW), 1:04
174: Curtis Owen (ASU) major dec. Andrew Curren (NW), 14-4
184: R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Will Marcantel (NW), 4-1
197: Andy Swanson (ASU) dec. by forfeit
HWT: Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) major dec. Mike Little (NW), 15-1

Embry-Riddle 34, Minnesota-Morris 12
125: Marcel Suehiro (ER) dec. by forfeit
133: Johnny Hurtado (ER) tech. fall Darin Mathis (UM), 18-2
141: Joel Fugleberg (UM) pinned Brian Love (ER), 2:19
149: Adam Durant (ER) major dec. Jeremy Benson, 11-2
157: Pat Callwallader (ER) dec. Ryan Hansen (UM), 10-4
165: Brian Campbell (ER) dec. Kris Hjelmeland (UM), 9-3
174: Joe Hurtado (ER) major dec. Mike Sloneker (UM), 18-2
184: Eric Steinhoff (UM) pinned Eric Ortegren (ER), 1:17
197: Markus Streicher (ER) major dec. Mike Japp (UM), 8-0
HWT: Rory Grose (ER) pinned Jeff Stewart (UM), 3:35

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