No. 23 Wrestling Drops 39-3 Decision at No. 5 Iowa

Nov. 25, 2006

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 23 Arizona State University wrestling team jumped back into dual competition Saturday afternoon on the road and suffered a 39-3 loss to the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes inside Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Sun Devils fall to 2-1 overall (1-0 Pac-10) on the year while the host Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Hawkeyes opened the dual with wins in the first eight weight classes to jump out to commanding 36-0 lead, building their lead with two pins and one victory by forfeit. The lone victory of the dual came at 157 pounds where No. 1 Brian Stith needed a take down with 28 seconds remaining in the sudden victory period to take a 3-1 victory over Ryan Morningstar. One bout later, No. 9 Patrick Pitsch nearly upset No. 2 Mark Perry at 165, but Perry pulled out an 8-4 decision to end the dual with an Iowa 39-3 victory.

ASU's loss to the Hawkeyes pushed the all-time series record to 22-1-1 in favor of Iowa with the Hawkeyes winning their 14th dual in a row over the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils return to dual action Sunday afternoon as they remain in the state to meet No. 6 Iowa State in a 1:30 p.m. contest with the Cyclones inside Hilton Coliseum.

#5 Iowa def. #23 Arizona State, 39-3
Dual started at 174 pounds
174 - #17 Eric Luedke (Iowa) major Alex Pavlenko (ASU), 12-1
184 - Phillip Keddy (Iowa) pinned #15 Greg Gifford (ASU), 0:48
197 - Dan Erekson (Iowa) decision Jason Trulson (ASU), 3-2
285 - #6 Matt Fields (Iowa) wins by forfeit
125 - Charlie Falck (Iowa) decision Tyler Bowles (ASU), 15-9
133 - Mario Galanakis (Iowa) pinned Shawn Jones (ASU), 2:45
141 - #4 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) decision Pat Payne (ASU), 6-2
149 - Alex Grunder (Iowa) tech fall Cameron Smith (ASU), 22-7
157 - #1 Brian Stith (ASU) decision Ryan Morningstar (Iowa), 3-1 sv
165 - #2 Mark Perry (Iowa) decision #9 Patrick Pitsch (ASU), 8-4

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