No. 11 Wrestling Downs CS Bakersfield, 25-15

Jan. 29, 2006

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The No. 11 Arizona State University wrestling team picked up wins in six of the first seven bouts to build a commanding lead before defeating host Cal State Bakersfield, 25-15, Sunday afternoon at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif. The victory pushed ASU to 11-6-0 overall on the year and a perfect 6-0 in the Pac-10 while the Roadrunners slipped to 3-5 (2-3 Pac-10).

The dual opened at 157 with No. 9 Brian Stith (Jr., Hampton, Va.) scoring a 10-6 decision over David Garcia to stake the Sun Devils to an early 3-0 lead. No. 12 Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) added another three team points at 165 with his 5-1 decision over Brian Busby, putting the visitors on top, 6-0.

After the hosts picked up their first win of the dual with Garth Wara scoring a 5-4 decision over Jamie Robbins (Jr., Mesa, Ariz.) at 174, the Sun Devils would go on to win the next four bouts to take a commanding lead. No. 9 C.B. Dollaway (Sr., Mt. Gilead, Ohio), after being forced to default at Cal Poly Friday night due to a slight injury, stormed back to the mat as he pinned Brandon Ceremello in 1:33 of the 184 bout.

No. 10 Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) followed at 197 with a major decision victory over Ryan Bergman, 20-6. Leading 16-3, the Sun Devils got six more points as No. 4 Cain Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) pinned Eric Parker at 4:16, giving him two pins in conference bouts this weekend. No. 7 Jeremy Mendoza (Sr., Temecula, Calif.) added the final points to the ASU team score at 125 pounds as he picked up a 9-3 decision over Zack Bigboy, putting the visitors ahead, 25-3.

In the final three bouts of the dual, Thomas Kimbrell defeated Adam Hickey (So., Mayfield, Ohio), 10-4, at 133 before Matt Schumm won by forfeit at 141. In the final bout of the day, No. 18 Pat Payne (So., Poway, Calif.) dropped a 9-2 decision to No. 17 Anthony Baza at 149.

The Sun Devils close out their weekend road swing through the Golden State later this evening when they face Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. MST).

No. 11 Arizona State defeats CS Bakersfield, 25-15
- #9 Brian Stith (A) dec. David Garcia, 10-6
165 - #12 Patrick Pitsch (A) dec. Brian Busby, 5-1
174 - Garth Wara (C) dec. Jamie Robbins, 5-4
184 - #9 C.B. Dollaway (A) pins Brandon Ceremello, 1:33
197 - #10 Ryan Bader (A) majors Ryan Bergman, 20-6
285 - #4 Cain Velasquez (A) pins Eric Parker, 4:16
125 - #7 Jeremy Mendoza (A) dec. Zack Bigboy, 9-3
133 - Thomas Kimbrell (C) dec. Adam Hickey, 10-4
141 - Matt Schumm (C) wins by forfeit
149 - #17 Anthony Baza (C) dec. #18 Pat Payne, 9-2

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