Smart Captures Third Place, Team Stands in Second Place After Three

March 3, 2003

BOISE, Idaho - Rocky Smart (Sr., Pleasant Grove, Utah), seeded third in the 157-pound weight class for the 2003 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships in Boise, Idaho, the weekend and walked away from the event in third place and a berth into the 2003 NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., March 20-22. Smart went 2-0 on the day to secure his placement at the conference meet and help the Sun Devils remain in the Top 2 of the team race.

In his first match of the consolation bracket, Smart met up with No. 1 seed Matt Gentry of Stanford for a shot at the third-place match. Smart and Gentry opened with a scoreless first period with Gentry starting the second on bottom. Smart built riding time and took a 2-0 lead on back points. Gentry quickly reversed the hold and tied it at two. Smart escaped to lead 3-2 after two. The furious battle raged on in the third with Smart escaping and then hitting a takedown. With riding time, Smart made the final, 7-3.

The battle for third place, the fans were on top of Smart as he fought off a tough challenge from Boise State's Ben Cherrington for a 9-6 decision and a definite spot in the national event. Smart carried a 2-1 lead into the second after a takedown in the first. In the second period, Smart earned a reversal at the end of the second period for a 4-1 lead before a flurry of scoring took place in the final stanza. Smart had two takedowns and an escape while Cherrington scored on a reversal, a stalling call on Smart and two escapes for a final of 9-6.

After the third session of the day, the Sun Devils trail the Broncos, 123-120, heading into the finals. ASU has seven finalists to BSU's six to determine the team champion and five of the 10 finals matches Monday evening will feature a Sun Devil-Bronco match-up.

The tournament concludes with the championship finals at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

2003 Pac-10 Wrestling ChampionshipsSession III Results157 - #3 Rocky Smart (3-1, Third Place)Conso Semis	Smart decision No. 1 Matt Gentry (Stanford), 7-3Third/Fourth	Smart decision Ben Cherrington (BSU), 9-6

Team Scores (following third session)1. Boise State 123.02. Arizona State 120.03. Oregon State 93.54. Cal Poly 69.55. Oregon 68.06. CS Bakersfield 66.57. CS Fullerton 44.58. UC Davis 42.59. Stanford 37.510. Portland State 31.5

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