No. 10 Sun Devil Wrestling Opens Season Victorious in Three Duals

Nov. 12, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 2005-06 season got underway for the No. 10 Arizona State University wrestling team Saturday morning in Portland, Ore., as the Sun Devils went 3-0 at the Portland State Duals with seven of its competitors going undefeated on the day. ASU is now 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Pac-10 after defeating Portland State in a conference dual.

Overall on the day, three Sun Devils made their collegiate debuts with two going undefeated. True freshman Jason Robbins (Oviedo, Fla.) won all three of his bouts at 141 while Pat Payne (So., Poway, Calif.) did the same in his first action for ASU after sitting out last year with an injury. Kevin Gaughan (Jr., New Fairfield, Conn.) won both his bouts at 157 by decision in his Sun Devil debut while Alex Pavlenko (Fr., Mesa, Ariz.) went 1-1 at 174 pounds and Chris Remsen (Fr., Rockport, Maine) lost his only appearance due to an injury.

Added to the success of the new additions to the starting lineup was a group of four veterans that each went 3-0 on the day. Jeremy Mendoza (Sr., Temecula, Calif.) won twice by fall and one by major decision to lead off the duals while Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) posted a trio of victories by major decision at 165. The two heavier weights on the Sun Devil roster also dominated on the day as both Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) at 197 and Cain Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) each went 3-0 on the day with all three earning bonus points. Bader won his first bout by major decision before winning by injury default and fall in the last two matches while Velasquez won a major decision, technical fall and fall on the day.

In the first dual of the day, the Sun Devils handed a 36-6 defeat to the Boxers of Pacific University, a team that competes at the NCAA Division III level, with ASU wrestlers capturing nine of the 10 contested bouts. Mendoza, Adam Hickey (So., Mayfield, Ohio) at 133, Robbins, Payne, Gaughan, Pitsch, Jason Trulson (So., Fountain Hills, Ariz.), Bader and Velasquez each won in the dual while an injury default at 174 was the lone loss.

The Sun Devils followed up the win over Pacific with a 29-9 defeat of Southern Oregon, the No. 10 team in the nation at the NAIA level. ASU went 7-3 in the 10 bouts with five victories earning bonus points. Victorious Sun Devils included Mendoza, Robbins, Payne, Gaughan, Pitsch, Bader and Velasquez.

The final dual of the day also was the Pac-10 opener for both ASU and PSU with the Sun Devils taking a 39-6 decision over the host Vikings. ASU won all nine bouts contested on the mats with the lone loss coming at 157 pounds on a forfeit from the Sun Devils. Mendoza, Hickey, Robbins, Payne, Pitsch, Pavlenko, Trulson, Bader and Velasquez all won while Mendoza, Bader and Velasquez each pinned their opponents.

The Sun Devils return to the road next week for one dual and one tournament as they are set to meet No. 8 Lehigh in a 7 p.m. dual in Bethlehem, Pa., Thursday night before competing in the 2005 East Stroudsburg Open on Saturday.

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