No. 1 Stith Drops Tough 2-1 Decision at NWCA All-Star Event

Nov. 21, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Brian Stith, a member of the Arizona State University wrestling team and the top-ranked competitor at 157 pounds, competed in the 41st NWCA All-Star Classic presented by the United State Marines Corps Monday night at the Dallas Convention Center Arena, suffering a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Trent Paulson of Iowa State.

The exhibition event, which tries to pit the No. 1 and No. 2 wrestlers in the national rankings against one another, saw Stith and Paulson both take shots in the first period, but neither wrestler could score. After the flip, Stith chose to defer to the third and Paulson chose down, escaping 10 seconds into the period for a 1-0 lead.

After no other scoring was recorded in the second period, Stith chose down, but could not escape quickly as Paulson accumulated over one minute of riding time to earn a one-point bonus. Stith did escape to tie the match at one, but after neither could score again, the riding time bonus proved to be the difference with Paulson taking a 2-1 win.

The bout for Stith marks the first time since 2000 that a Sun Devil had competed in the event. The last ASU wrestler to enter the event was Steve Blackford (165 pounds), who recorded a 13-1 major decision over Kirk White of Boise State.

A tough weekend of duals awaits Stith and the Sun Devils this week as the team takes on No. 5 Iowa at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, before facing No. 6 Iowa State at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ames.

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