Sun Devils Tie For 10th at Midlands Championships
Dec. 30, 2000
EVANSTON, Ill. - Steve Blackford captured the third-place title at 165 pounds while R.D. Pursell took sixth at 184, as No. 10 Arizona State wrestling tied for 10th with Pac-10 foe Oregon in the Midlands Championships at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Saturday.
Blackford, one of five Sun Devils to advance to today's consolation semifinals, completed the two-day tournament with a 6-1 record. The senior All-American defeated unattached wrestler Matt Anderson 6-0 in the third-place match after winning his previous three bouts in consolation semifinal action. Blackford won both first round matches, but lost by fall to Ben Shirk of Iowa in the quarterfinals yesterday.
In the fifth-place bout at 184 pounds, Pursell suffered his second loss of the tournament to Oregon's Doug Lee, 9-2, but became the second Sun Devil to place at Midlands. A second round loss to Lee sent Pursell into the consolation bracket yesterday, only to have the Sun Devil senior win his next four matches. A 10-8 loss to Minnesota's Damion Hahn then put Pursell into the fifth-place championship bout with Lee.
Minnesota won the team title with 144 points, while Iowa State and the Hawkeye Wrestling Club followed with 133 and 74 points respectively. ASU and the Ducks ended the tournament in 10th with 53 points, while the only other Pac-10 team to finish higher was Oregon State in ninth (55.5 points).
Up next, ASU will open its conference schedule hosting Cal Poly at Wells Fargo Arena Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
Midlands Invitational, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
Top-10 Final Team Results:
1. Minnesota, 144 pts., 2. Iowa State, 133, 3. Hawkeye Wrestling Club, 74, 4. Hofstra, 71, 5. Ohio State, 66, 6. Illinois, 61, 7. Sunkist Kids, 58, 8. Michigan State, 56, 9. Oregon State, 55.5, 10. Arizona State, 53, 10. Oregon, 53.
ASU Final Individual Results
First Round - Sean Shea (George Mason) pinned Chris Knox (ASU), 4:30
Consolation - Chris Knox (ASU) pinned Jacob Moore (Iowa State), 1:25
Consolation - Kore Sharpley (Ohio State) dec. Chris Knox (ASU), 7-4
First Round - David Douglas (ASU) pinned Joe Garcia (CS Bakersfield), 5:10
Second Round - David Douglas (ASU) major decision Jeff Ratliff (Ohio State), 14-4
Quarterfinal - Teague Moore (Sunkist) dec. David Douglas (ASU), 3-2
Consolation Semifinal - Chad Hay (Illinois) dec. David Douglas (ASU), 3-1
First Round - Doug Schwab (Iowa) major dec. Dan Hyman (ASU) 19-8
Consolation - Dan Hyman (ASU) dec. Nick Cirrincione (unattached), 3-2
Consolation - Josh Ballard (Northwestern) pinned Dan Hyman (ASU), 3:19
First Round - Eric Jorgensen (Oregon State) dec. Rocky Smart (ASU), 5-1
Consolation - Rocky Smart (ASU) default Ryan Berger (Illinois)
Consolation - Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Russell Clark (Central Michigan), 5-4
Consolation Semifinal - Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Elizar Ceballos (CS Bakersfield), 5-3
Consolation Semifinal - Leo Urbinelli (Cornell) dec. Rocky Smart (ASU), 3-2
First Round - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Dominic Dellagtatta (Ultimate WC), 9-7
Second Round - Steve Blackford (ASU) pinned Ryan Kane (Northwestern), 3:19
Quarterfinal - Ben Shirk (Iowa) pinned Steve Blackford (ASU), 4:26
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Noel Thompson (Hofstra), 7-6
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Chris Vitale (Lehigh), 6-4
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Matt Lackey (Illinois), 3-2
Third Place - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Matt Anderson (unattached), 6-0
First Round - John Hardy (unattached) pinned Curtis Owen (ASU), 5:48
Consolation - Curtis Owen (ASU) major dec. John Sears (unattached), 12-4
Consolation - Jonathon Fitch (Purdue) dec. Curtis Owen (ASU), 12-7
First Round - R.D. Pursell (ASU) pinned Andy Peterson (Maranatha), 1:41
Second Round - Doug Lee (Oregon) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 3-1
Consolation - R.D. Pursell (ASU) major dec. John Wechter (Michigan State), 10-2
Consolation - R.D. Pursell (ASU) pinned Brendan Curran (Northwestern), 5:27
Consolation Semifinal - R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Gerald Harris III (Cleveland St), 3-2
Consolation Semifinal - R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Francis Volpe (Harvard), 7-3
Consolation Semfinal - Damion Hahn (Minnesota) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 10-8
Fifth Place - Doug Lee (Oregon) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 9-2
First Round - Andy Swanson (ASU) pinned Chris Graves (unattached), 4:05
Second Round - Zach Thompson (Iowa State) major dec. Andy Swanson (ASU), 15-5
Consolation - Andy Swanson (ASU) dec. Bert Dobies (unattached), 3-1
Consolation - Martius Harding (West Virginia) dec. Andy Swanson (ASU), 6-4
First Round - Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Matt Lamb (Michigan State), 2-0
Second Round - Jason Cooley (Oregon State) dec. Kellan Fluckiger (ASU), 3-2
Consolation - Kellen Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Jim Kilcoyne (Central Michigan) 4-1
Consolation - Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Mark Knauer (Iowa State), 5-0
Consolation Semifinal - Mitch Clark (OIWC) major dec. Kellen Fluckiger (ASU), 14-5