Velasquez' Win Slips No. 13 Wrestling Past Oregon, 23-21

Jan. 22, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz.- Needing a win in the final bout of the day, Cain Velasquez again came through for the No. 13 Arizona State University wrestling team as his technical fall victory pushed the Sun Devils past visiting Oregon, 23-21, Sunday night inside Wells Fargo Arena. The win helped the Sun Devils improve to 9-6 overall this season and 4-0 in the Pac-10 Conference.

Although the Sun Devils won their 12th conference dual in a row, it did not come easy as the Ducks (5-3, 2-3 Pac-10) took five bouts against the Sun Devils and forced the hosts to have to come back from a six point deficit with two bouts remaining. ASU, the top-ranked team in the conference, picked up two wins by fall, two by decision and one by technical fall while UO, the sixth-ranked team in the Pac-10, scored three wins by decision, one by major decision and one by technical fall.

No. 7 Jeremy Mendoza (Sr., Temecula, Calif.) opened up the dual with six team points, although it was not easy. Despite being taken down by Beau Malia twice and gave up two near fall points, Mendoza stayed tough and eventually took Malia down to his back and pinned him at 4:07. But the Ducks responded back with a fall of their own as Ryan Dunn pinned Adam Hickey (So., Mayfield, Ohio) at 6:30.

UO then took their first lead of the match as Skyler Woods picked up a technical fall over Elias Johnson (Jr., Manson, Iowa) with a 22-7 score. Trailing 11-6, ASU struck back with Pat Payne (So., Poway, Calif.) fighting for an 11-5 win to cut the deficit to two points (11-9). The Sun Devils reclaimed the lead at 157 as No. 8 Brian Stith (Jr., Hampton, Va.) pinned Jeremy McLaughlin in 4:39, pushing the host's advantage to 15-11.

In the most exciting bout of the evening, No. 6 Joey Bracamonte slipped past No. 12 Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) at 165 with a 7-6 decision. After Bracamonte jumped out to an early lead, Pitsch continued to wrestle aggressively and eventually took a 6-4 lead with under 10 seconds remaining in the bout. But, with eight seconds showing on the clock, Bracamonte scored a takedown to tie the match at six and then took the victory with the riding time point for a 7-6 win. UO followed that win with two more in a row as Chet McBee defeated Alex Pavlenko (Fr., Mesa, Ariz.) at 174, 3-2, to take a 17-15 team lead before No. 11 Shane Webster scored a 14-4 major decision over No. 8 C.B. Dollaway (Sr., Mt. Gilead, Ohio) at 184 for a 21-15 team lead.

Needing a victory, No. 10 Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) picked up a 6-1 decision victory to cut the deficit to three points (21-18) and bringing Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) to the mat. Velasquez dominated Chris Dearmon for the 22-7 techincal fall that added five points to the team's total for a 23-21 win.

Velasquez secured the team win for the Sun Devils for the fourth time this season and the third time in the last two weekends. The first instance came at home against UC Davis with the Sun Devils leading, 20-18, before Velasquez' techincal fall won the dual, 25-18. Last weekend at the NWCA National Duals, he won both of his bouts against Missouri to seal two more wins. In the first dual, ASU trailed, 21-18, before Velasquez pinned his foe for a 24-21 team victory. The very next day, ASU trailed, 21-15, before he again pinned his opponent to force a tie at 21. The Sun Devils won the dual on tie-breaking criteria to finish seventh in the tournament.

Arizona State returns to the road for a trio of conference duals next weekend as the Sun Devils face No. 20 Cal Poly at 7 p.m. Friday night in San Luis Obispo before wrestling Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at noon in Bakersfield and 6 p.m. in Fullerton, respectively.

No. 13 Arizona State defeats Oregon, 23-21
- #7 Jeremy Mendoza (A) pins Beau Malia, 4:07
133 - Ryan Dunn (O) pins Adam Hickey, 6:30
141 - Skyler Woods tech fall Elias Johnson, 22-7
149 - Pat Payne (A) dec. Stewart Bogart, 11-5
157 - #8 Brian Stith (A) pins Jeremy McLaughlin, 4:39
165 - #6 Joey Bracamonte (O) dec. #12 Patrick Pitsch, 7-6
174 - Chet McBee (O) dec. Alex Pavlenko, 3-2
184 - #11 Shane Webster (O) majors #8 C.B. Dollaway, 14-4
197 - #10 Ryan Bader (A) dec. Shaun Dee, 6-1
285 - #4 Cain Velasquez (A) techs Chris Dearmon, 19-3

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