Sun Devil Wrestling To Face National Powers During 2003-04 Season
Sept. 16, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Thom Ortiz, the third-year head coach of the Arizona State wrestling program, announced Tuesday his team's schedule for the 2003-04 season. Not only will the Sun Devils defend their Pac-10 Championship at home this year, but they will have 10 duals against some the nation's elite inside Wells Fargo Arena.
'This schedule is probably the most difficult we have had and is perhaps one of the toughest in the nation this year,' Ortiz said. 'We look forward to the competition we will face, but it will be tough on our team. We have put together the best team we can and now it is up to them to battle the foes ahead of them in preparation for the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA Championships in March.'
The Sun Devils will have numerous competitions at Wells Fargo Arena this season with 10 duals and two tournaments taking place in Tempe. The Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open starts the season unofficially Oct. 24-25 as some of the nation's elite come to compete. One month later, ASU travels to Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Open (Nov. 23) to kick-off the collegiate season. One week later, perennial power Iowa pays a visit to WFA (Nov. 30) for ASU's home opener.
On the home front, the Sun Devils will play host to the Sun Devil Duals (Jan. 4) with American, Cal Poly, Embry-Riddle, Iowa State, Missouri, Stanford and West Virginia taking part in the dual event. Also at home in dual competition this year will be matches with Oregon State (Jan. 16), Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 17), Nebraska (Jan. 30), Oregon (Feb. 1), Fresno State (Feb. 13) and Northern Iowa (Feb. 15) before hosting the Pac-10 Championships. ASU will try to defend its 2002-03 conference crown inside WFA Feb. 29-Mar. 1.
As the visitors, the Sun Devils will travel to Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 6-7) and the Reno Tournament of Champions (Dec. 18) while having five duals on the road. Those away contests include Minnesota (Jan. 1), Oklahoma (Jan. 24), Portland State (Feb. 6), Cal Poly (Feb. 8) and Cal State Bakersfield (Feb. 8). After hosting the conference tournament, those Sun Devils earning a berth into the national tournament will travel to St. Louis, Mo., for the 2004 NCAA Championships Mar. 18-20.