Wrestling to Face Missouri in Opening Round of NWCA National Duals
Jan. 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The pairings for the 2006 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals were announced Monday evening with Arizona State University drawing eighth-seeded Missouri in the opening round of the event that will take place Saturday and Sunday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Unseeded and ranked No. 19 in the nation, the Sun Devils enter the tournament with a 4-4 overall record and stand 2-0 in the Pac-10.
Following a 25-18 victory over conference foe UC Davis and a 26-23 setback to No. 7 Iowa State Sunday at the Sun Devil Duals, ASU is now set to face the Tigers (6-0, 0-0 Big XII) in the first round of the national tournament for the second time in four years. At the 2003 Duals, the Sun Devils, who were seeded No. 8, scored a close 19-17 decision over the Tigers before eventually finishing seventh overall.
The winner of the ASU-UM dual, which is set for 9 a.m. Saturday morning, will face the winner of No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. Kent State while the losers of these duals will meet in the consolation rounds. The Cowboys are the two-time defending NCAA champions and sport a 6-0 record on the season while the Golden Flashes, coming out of the Mid-America Conference, stand 7-1 on the season.
The other opening round pairings include No. 5 Iowa vs. Nebraska; No. 4 Michigan vs. Northern Illinois; No. 3 Oklahoma vs. Cornell; No. 6 Central Michigan vs. host Northern Iowa; No. 7 Iowa State vs. Northwestern and No. 2 Minnesota vs. Hofstra.
ASU has competed in the National Duals 13 of the 16 years it has been conducted and holds a 29-27 overall record. The Sun Devils advanced to the finals each of the first two years (1989 and 1990) before falling to OSU both times to place second overall. ASU will look to rebound from a tough tournament one year ago as the Sun Devils did not win a dual for the first time, going 0-2 with losses to Michigan (24-16) and Central Michigan (20-19).
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