No. 11 Wrestling's Win Streak Halted by No. 10 Oklahoma, 29-13

Feb. 3, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 11 Arizona State University wrestling team made its final road trip of the dual season and saw its six-dual win streak come to a halt as the No. 10 Sooners of Oklahoma handed the visitors a 29-13 setback Friday night inside the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. The Sun Devils (12-7, 7-0 Pac-10) got wins at four weight classes, including a major decision, but it was not enough as the Sooners improved to 8-4-1 overall (0-2 Big XII).

The Sun Devils opened the dual in a deep hole as injuries forced them to forfeit at both 125 and 141. Between those two scheduled bouts, John Espinoza (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) made his season debut at 133 and picked up a 6-2 decision over Trey Blakely. Following the second forfeit, No. 10 Matt Storniolo scored an 8-0 major decision over Pat Payne (So., Poway, Calif.) at 149 to put the hosts ahead, 16-3.

No. 9 Brian Stith (Jr., Hampton, Va.) halted the Sooner advantage at 157 as he picked up four team points with his 16-3 major decision over Shane Vernon. No. 11 Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) followed with a win of his own at 165, scoring a 2-1 overtime decision against #14 Jarrod King to pull the team to within six points, 16-10.

But the Sooners would go on to win the next three bouts to put the team victory out of reach. Chris Remsen (So., Rockport, Maine) competed for just the second time this year and absorbed a 19-3 technical fall loss to No. 12 Wes Roberts at 174 before No. 13 Justin Dyer upset No. 8 C.B. Dollaway (Sr., Mt. Gilead, Ohio) in the 184 bout with a 21-6 technical fall. OU secured its final win of the night at 197 when No. 10 Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) fell in an 8-1 decision to No. 5 Joel Flaggert.

The final bout of the dual came at heavyweight with No. 4 Cain Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) scoring a 4-0 decision over No. 5 Jake Hager.

Next weekend, the Sun Devils will compete in their final two duals of the season as they play host to Fresno State and Stanford. First up, ASU will meet the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday night inside Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale, Ariz., before closing out the dual season with a 2 p.m. Pac-10 dual with the Cardinal on Sunday inside Wells Fargo Arena.

No. 10 Oklahoma defeats No. 11 Arizona State, 29-13
- #2 Sam Hazewinkel (O) wins by forfeit
133 - John Espinoza (A) dec. Trey Blakely, 6-2
141 - #2 Teyone Ware (O) wins by forfeit
149 - #10 Matt Storniolo (O) majors Pat Payne, 8-0
157 - #9 Brian Stith (A) majors Shane Vernon, 16-3
165 - #11 Patrick Pitsch (A) dec. #14 Jarrod King, 2-1 ot
174 - #12 Wes Roberts (O) tech fall Chris Remsen, 19-3
184 - #13 Justin Dyer (O) tech fall #8 C.B. Dollaway, 21-6
197 - #5 Joel Flaggert (O) dec. #10 Ryan Bader, 8-1
285 - #4 Cain Velasquez (A) dec. #5 Jake Hager, 4-0

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