Wrestling Completes Road Sweep with 28-18 Defeat of CS Fullerton

Jan. 29, 2006

FULLERTON, Calif. - For the third time on the weekend and the second time on the day, the No. 11 Arizona State University wrestling team picked up a dual meet victory over a Pac-10 foe, this time closing out the California road swing with a 28-18 defeat of Cal State Fullerton Sunday night inside Titan Gym. The Sun Devils got wins at six of the eight contested bouts (forfeited twice) to improve to 12-6 on the year with a 7-0 mark in the Pac-10 while the Titans slipped to 3-11 (0-7 Pac-10).

Of the six victories, No. 4 Cain Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) recorded perhaps the most impressive as he needed just 2:20 to pin his foe, Matt Methling, in the heavyweight bout. The pin fall was the third of the weekend against conference competition for Velasquez and improved him to 25-5 on the year.

The dual opened at 157 pounds where No. 9 Brian Stith (Jr., Hampton, Va.) picked up an 11-2 major decision over Bryan Tice to stake the Sun Devils to an early 4-0 lead. No. 12 Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) followed that with a 10-4 decision over Risto Marttinen at 165, pushing the advantage to 7-0 for the visitors.

The hosts got onto the scoreboard at 174 when Ian Murphy pulled out a 5-3 decision over Chris Remsen (So., Rockport, Maine) in the Sun Devil's debut. With the lead cut to four, the Sun Devils would go on to win the next three bouts to put the dual out of reach.

First up, No. 9 C.B. Dollaway (Sr., Mt. Gilead, Ohio) scored an 11-3 major decision over Jesse Taylor at 184 before No. 10 Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) needed just over six minutes to score an 18-2 technical fall. Bader's victory was followed by Velasquez' victory that put the Sun Devils ahead, 25-3.

The Titans cut into the lead at 125 when Johnny Rojas won by forfeit before T.J. Dillashaw defeated Adam Hickey (So., Mayfield, Ohio), 6-2. With the team score at 25-12, the Titans would then pick up six more points at 141 when Teddy Astorga won by forfeit. Although the team victory was already wrapped-up for ASU with a 25-18 lead heading into the final bout, No. 18 Pay Payne (So., Poway, Calif.) scored a 10-8 decision over Morgan Atkinson at 149 to bring the final score to 28-18.

Next weekend, the Sun Devils will travel to Norman, Okla., and the Howard McCasland Field House for their final road dual of the season as they are set to meet No. 8 Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

No. 11 Arizona State defeats CS Fullerton, 28-18
- #9 Brian Stith (A) majors Bryan Tice, 11-2
165 - #12 Patrick Pitsch (A) dec. Risto Marttinen, 10-4
174 - Ian Murphy (F) dec. Chris Remsen, 5-3
184 - #9 C.B. Dollaway (A) majors Jesse Taylor, 11-3
197 - #10 Ryan Bader (A) tech fall Chris Chambers, 18-2
285 - #4 Cain Velasquez (A) pins Matt Methling, 2:20
125 - Johnny Rojas (F) wins by forfeit
133 - T.J. Dillashaw (F) dec. Adam Hickey, 6-2
141 - Teddy Astorga (F) wins by forfeit
149 - #18 Pat Payne (A) dec. Morgan Atkinson, 10-8

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