Stith Places Second, Sun Devils Finish Sixth at NCAA Wrestling

March 18, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Brian Stith, who was seeded 10th in the 157 pound bracket at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, advanced to the finals, but came up short as he ended his junior season as the national runner-up at the conclusion of the tournament being held inside the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. His finish, along with three others earning All-America honors along with Stith, helped the Sun Devils accumulate 61.5 points and a team finish of sixth place. Oklahoma State won their fourth crown in a row with 122.5 points while Oklahoma (84.5), Minnesota (80.5), Iowa (70.0) and Cornell (62.0) comprised the rest of the Top 5.

In a rematch of the Pac-10 Championship final, Stith took on fifth-seeded Ben Cherrington of Boise State as he looked to avenge his earlier loss and win his first national crown. After falling behind 5-0 early in the bout, Stith tried to mount a come back, but it was too little, too late as Cherrington capped an undefeated season with the 7-43 decision and only the second title in BSU history.

Stith, who is now a two-time All-American following his sixth-place finish one year ago, capped his season with a 31-4 record on the season. He joins C.B. Dollaway (184), Ryan Bader (197) and Cain Velasquez (285) as All-Americans on the year as the trio of seniors placed fifth, seventh and fourth, respectively, earlier in the day.

Arizona State's season is now complete. The Sun Devils not only finished sixth in the nation after being selected to finish 14th in the tournament, but also turned an undefeated conference dual season (8-0) into another strong tournament performance and the program's 16th Pac-10 Championship crown and second in a row. The team's Top 6 finish was its second under Head Coach Thom Ortiz (five years) and marked the 19th time in 40 tournaments that ASU has placed in the Top 10.

2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Arizona State Results ONLY
Finals
157 - #10 Brian Stith (4-1) • All-American & NCAA Runner-Up
NCAA Title Bout - #5 Ben Cherrington (Boise State) dec. #10 Stith, 7-3

Final Team Standings
1. Oklahoma State (122.5)
2. Oklahoma (84.5)
3. Minnesota (80.5)
4. Iowa (70.0)
5. Cornell (62.0)
6. Arizona State (61.5)

2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Arizona State Results ONLY
ALL BOUTS WRESTLED
125 - #7 Jeremy Mendoza (1-2, Did Not Place)
Champ First - #7 Mendoza dec. Justin Staylor (Virginia Tech), 5-0
Champ Second - #10 Paul Donahoe (Nebraska) dec. #7 Mendoza, 4-2
Conso Third - #4 Kyle Ott (Illinois) dec. #7 Mendoza, 6-4 ot

157 - #10 Brian Stith (4-1) • All-American & NCAA Runner-Up
Champ First - #10 Stith dec. Jacob Yost (UT-Chattanooga), 7-1
Champ Second - #10 Stith dec. Tony Hook (Oregon State), 2-1 tb
Champ Quarter - #10 Stith majors Andrew Flanagan (Harvard), 8-0
Champ Semifinal - #10 Stith dec. #11 Derek Zinck (Lehigh), 5-3
NCAA Title Bout - #5 Ben Cherrington (Boise State) dec. #10 Stith, 7-3

165 - #10 Patrick Pitsch (3-2, Did Not Place)
Champ First - Daniel Thompson (The Citadel) dec. #10 Pitsch, 10-4
Conso First - #10 Pitsch dec. Jason Cardillo (Slippery Rock), 8-7
Conso Second - #10 Pitsch def. #4 Nick Baima (Northern Iowa), injury at 5:00
Conso Third - #10 Pitsch dec. Larry Hall (West Virginia), 7-2
Conso Fourth - Deonte Penn (Edinboro) dec. #10 Pitsch, 8-5

184 - #10 C.B. Dollaway (5-2) • All-American & Fifth Place Finisher
Champ First - #10 Dollaway majors Rusty Blackmon (Oklahoma State), 14-3
Champ Second - #10 Dollaway dec. #7 Kurt Backes (Iowa State), 8-6
Champ Quarter - #2 Roger Kish (Minnesota) dec. #10 Dollaway, 7-4
Conso Fourth - #10 Dollaway dec. Paul Bradley (Iowa), 2-1
Conso Quarter - #10 Dollaway dec. #3 Ben Wissel (Purdue), 7-4
Conso Semifinal - #1 Josh Glenn (American) pinned #10 Dollaway, 2:44
Fifth Place Bout - #10 Dollaway dec. #4 Joseph Mazzurco (Cornell), 6-1

197 - #8 Ryan Bader (4-2) • All-American & Seventh Place Finisher
Champ First - #8 Bader pinned Brenden McLean (Air Force), 2:18
Champ Second - #8 Bader dec. #9 Tyrone Byrd (Illinois), 6-0
Champ Quarter - Chris Weidman (Hofstra) dec. #8 Bader, 10-7
Conso Fourth - #8 Bader dec. Nathan Moore (Purdue), 6-4
Conso Quarter - #5 Joel Flaggert (Oklahoma) dec. #8 Bader, 9-4
Seventh Place - #8 Bader dec. #1 Wynn Michalak (Central Michigan), 5-3

285 - #4 Cain Velasquez (4-2) • All-American & Fourth Place Finisher
Champ First - #4 Velasquez pinned Joel Edwards (Penn State), 1:06
Champ Second - #4 Velasquez pinned Paul Weibel (Lehigh), 1:08
Champ Quarter - #4 Velasquez majors Kirk Nail (Ohio State), 9-1
Champ Semifinal - #1 Cole Konrad (Minnesota) dec. #4 Velasquez, 2-2 tb2 rt
Conso Semifinal - #4 Velasquez dec. #5 Bode Ogunwole (Harvard), 5-1
Third Place Bout - #3 Greg Wagner (Michigan) majors #4 Velasquez, 9-1

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