2002-03 Wrestling Year in Review

July 10, 2003

ARIZONA STATE won its second Pac-10 Championship in the last three years. The Sun Devils won the title with a mark of 134, knocking off the defending Conference champion BOISE STATE Broncos, who finished second with 127 points. All 10 Conference institutions sent qualifiers to the NCAA Tournament with seven wrestlers claiming All-America status.

For the third consecutive season, Arizona State's Eric Larkin was named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, after winning in the 149-pound weight class at the Pac-10 Championships and earning a National title at the NCAA meet.

Larkin was also named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for his title at the Pac-10 Championships and garnered the honor at the NCAA Tournament as well.

CAL POLY's Ryan Halsey won Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors, while ARIZONA STATE's Thom Ortiz won his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.

TEAM RESULTS


1. Arizona State 134.00
2. Boise State 127.00
3. Oregon State 93.50
4. Cal Poly 73.50
5. Oregon 68.00
6. CS Bakersfield 43.00
7. UC Davis 46.50
8. CS Fullerton 44.50
9. Stanford 37.50
10. Portland State 31.50

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

125 Pounds
Championship
Ben VomBaur (BSU) def. Efren Ceballos (CSUB), 9-3
Third Place
Vic Moreno (CP) def. Michael Delaney (OSU), 3-2

133 Pounds
Championship
Mike Simpson (ASU) def. Jesse Brock (BSU), 3-2
Third Place
Matt Sanchez (CSUB) def. Nate Ybarra (CP), 13-5

141 Pounds
Championship

Gabe Vigil (BSU) def. Dana Holland (ASU), 3-2
Third Place
Casey Hunt (ORE) def. Juan Mora (CSUF), 13-10

149 Pounds
Championship

Eric Larkin (ASU) def. Collin Robertson (BSU), 11-1
Third Place
Matt Cox (CP) def. Nick Davis (UCD), 6-4

157 Pounds
Championship

Jeremiah Jarvis (UCD) def. Brian Cobb (CSUB), F, default
Third PlaceRocky Smart (ASU) def. Ben Cherrington (BSU), 9-6

165 Pounds
Championship

Nick Frost (ASU) def. Eric Arbogast (PSU), 13-4
Third Place
Matt Ellis (OSU) def. Luke Larwin (ORE), 3-1

174 Pounds
Championship

Curtis Owen (ASU) def. Shane Webster (ORE), 3-1
Third Place
Jake Huffman (OSU) def. Chris Carlino (CSUF), 8-3

184 Pounds
Championship

Ryan Halsey (CP) def. Jed Pennell (OSU), F, 1:22
Third Place
Tony D'Amico (BSU) def. Bryan Travers (CSUB), 15-4

197 Pounds
Championship

Ryan Bader (ASU) def. K.C. Walsh (BSU), 2-1
Third Place
David Schenk (CP) def. Landon Seefeldt (CSUF), 3-2

Heavyweight
Championship

Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) def. Boe Rushton (BSU), 5-0
Third Place
Andy Bowlby (OSU) def. Dan Howe (CP), F, 2:32

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP's MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: Eric Larkin, ASU

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Eric Larkin, ASU

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly

COACH OF THE YEAR: Thom Ortiz, ASU

NCAA Championships (40th annual)
March 20-22, 2003 - Kansas City, Missouri

TEAM RESULTS
(Top 10 and Pac-10 teams)

1. Oklahoma State 143.0
2. Minnesota 104.5
3. Oklahoma 78.0
4. Lehigh 69.0
5. ARIZONA STATE 65.0
6. Penn State 62.0
7. Michigan 58.0
8. Iowa 57.5
9. Illinois 53.0
10. Cornell 52.0
12. BOISE STATE 45.0
31. CAL POLY 14.5
37t. OREGON 10.0
39. CS BAKERSFIELD 7.5
50t. STANFORD 3.0
59t. UC DAVIS 2.0
66t. OREGON STATE 1.0
70t. CS FULLERTON 0.0
PORTLAND STATE 0.0

INDIVIDUAL SCORERS
(Individual Champions and Pac-10 scorers)

125 Pounds
1. Travis Lee, Cornell
6. BEN VOMBAUR, BOISE STATE

133 Pounds
1. Johnny Thompson, Oklahoma State

141 Pounds
1.Teyon Ware, Oklahoma

149 Pounds
1. ERIC LARKIN, ARIZONA STATE
6. COLLIN ROBERTSON, BOISE STATE

157 Pounds
1. Ryan Berlin, Michigan

165 Pounds
1. Matt Lackey, Illinois

174 Pounds
1. Robbie Waller, Oklahoma
4. CURTIS OWEN, ARIZONA STATE
6. SHANE WEBSTER, OREGON

184 Pounds
1. Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State

197 Pounds
1. Damion Hahn, Minnesota

Heavyweight
1. Steve Mocco, Iowa
3. BOE RUSHTON, BOISE STATE
5. KELLAN FLUCKIGER, ARIZONA STATE

2003 ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS
Ben VomBaur, BSU, 125
Eric Larkin, ASU, 149
Collin Robertson, BSU, 149
Curtis Owen, ASU, 174
Shane Webster, ORE, 174
Boe Rushton, BSU, Hwt.
Kellan Fluckiger, ASU, Hwt.

2003 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS


First Team Yr. GPA Major
Zac Enoch, Portland State Sr. 3.53 Mathematics
Nick Frost, ASU Jr. 3.39 Computer Systems Engineering
Jason Harless, ORE Jr. 3.73 General Sciences
Casey Kotter, Portland State Sr. 3.80 Business Administration
Risto Marttinen, CS Fullerton So. 3.86 Kinesiology
Curtis Owen, ASU Sr. 4.00 Psychology
Pat Owens, Boise State Jr. 3.81 Physical Education
Jed Pennell, OSU Jr. 3.82 Exercise and Sport Science
Rocky Smart, ASU Sr. 3.51 History
Curt Willener, OSU Jr. 3.60 Business Administration
Second Team Yr. GPA Major
Jesse Brock, Boise State Jr. 3.17 Civil Engineering
Brian Busby, CS Bakersfield So. 3.53 Natural Sciences
Matt Gentry, STAN So. 3.48 Human Biology
Brett Gordon, CS Fullerton Jr. 3.51 Business Administration
Luke Larwin, ORE So. 3.51 Environmental Science
Harold Penson, STAN Sr. 3.27 Economics
Paul Rademacher, OSU Jr. 3.26 Exercise and Sport Science
Collin Robertson, Boise State Sr. 3.10 Spanish/Secondary Education
Jon Sharpe, CS Bakersfield Jr. 3.41 Business Administration
Ben VomBaur, Boise State Sr. 3.00 History/Secondary Education

Honorable Mention: Anthony Baza, RSFr., CS Bakersfield; Chris Carlino, Sr., CS Fullerton; Quinn Collett, Sr., Portland State; Adam Daniel, So., OSU; Brian Duhrkoop, Jr., OSU; Casey Horn, Sr., OSU; Garrett Johnson, So., STAN; Kevin Jones, Jr., UC Davis; Brad Metzler, So., STAN; Tony Overstake, Sr., ORE; Larry Ozowara, RSFr., STAN; Casey Phelps, RSFr., Boise State; Shawn Rizenthaler, RSFr., STAN; John Winters, Sr., OSU.

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