Pitsch Takes Fourth Place at Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Patrick Pitsch ran off three victories on the day and finished in fourth place at the 26th Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational inside the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday evening to lead the Arizona State University wrestling team to a 25th-place finish. Pitsch, ranked third in the nation at 165 pounds, was the lone Sun Devil to place in the event.

The tournament's No. 2 seed, Pitsch rebounded from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday night to win three bouts in a row on Saturday to move into the consolation finals where he medically forfeited the bout to take fourth place. Pitsch opened the day with a convincing 4-0 decision over sixth-seeded and 15th-ranked Zach Shanaman (Penn) to guarantee a placement in the Top 8. From there, Pitsch defeated Kurt Swatz (Boise State), 6-3, before advancing to the third-place match with his 5-4 decision over fifth-seeded and ninth-ranked Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska). For the weekend, Pitsch went 5-1 and brought his career record to 74-38.

One other Sun Devil competed on the day as senior Jason Trulson dropped a close 3-1 decision in his consolation sixth round bout. At 197 pounds, the fifth-seeded and14th-ranked Sun Devil fell to eighth-seeded and 17th-ranked Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro) needing just one win to guarantee a placement in the Top 8 of the tournament.

Following some time off, the Sun Devils will return to Nevada as they will compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno on December 19.

26th Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational
November 30-December 1 • Las Vegas Convention Center
#/# is tournament seed/national ranking
Day 2 Results ONLY
165 - #2/3 Patrick Pitsch (6-1, Fourth Place)

Conso 6th - Pitsch dec. #6/15 Zach Shanaman (Penn), 4-0
Conso Quarter - Pitsch dec. Kurt Swatz (Boise State), 6-3
Conso Semi - Pitsch dec. #5/9 Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska), 5-4
Third Place - Keegan Mueller (North Carolina) default Pitsch, injury default

197 - #5/14 Jason Trulson (3-2, Did Not Place)
Conso 6th - #8/17 Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro) dec. Trulson, 3-1


COMPLETE ARIZONA STATE RESULTS
125 - #10/19 Anthony Robles (2-2, Did Not Place)


Pigtails - Curtis Schurkamp (SF State) pinned Robles, 1:50
Conso 2nd - Robles pinned Mike Watts (Michigan), 1:44
Conso 3rd - Robles dec. James Nicholson (Old Dominion), 8-3
Conso 4th - Joey Boone (Navy) dec. Robles, 5-4

133 - #12/nr Todd Schavrien (2-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - Jeff Schell (Brown) dec. Schavrien, 5-3
Conso 2nd - Schavrien major Nick Kulseth (Pittsburgh), 11-1
Conso 3rd - Schavrien dec. Nick Velliquette (Missouri), 4-3
Conso 4th - #2/4 Jimmy Kennedy (Illinois) dec. Schavrien, 4-2

141 - #12/nr Chris Drouin (1-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - Drouin dec. Jeff Newby (Utah Valley St.), 4-1
Champ 1st - Levi Jones (Boise State) dec. Drouin, 4-2
Conso 2nd - ns/D2-#4 Jeff Rutledge (Neb-Kearney) major Drouin, 8-0

149 - Jerrad Trulson (0-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - Mark Bloom (Brown) dec. Trulson, 11-5
Conso 2nd - Kyle Baxter (Old Dominion) major Trulson, 19-7

157 - Alex Pavlenko (1-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - Alex McKinney (Missouri Valley) dec. Pavlenko, 9-3
Conso 2nd - Pavlenko major Trevor Hall (CS Bakersfield), 11-3
Conso 3rd - Derek Sickels (Columbia) dec. Pavlenko, 8-6

165 - #2/3 Patrick Pitsch (5-1, Fourth Place)
Champ 1st - Pitsch dec. Matt Mungo (SF State), 5-4
Champ 2nd - Pitsch dec. Keegan Mueller (No. Carolina), 9-5
Champ Quarter - #10/nr Jarrod King (Edinboro) dec. Pitsch, 5-0
Conso 6th - Pitsch dec. #6/15 Zach Shanaman (Penn), 4-0
Conso Quarter - Pitsch dec. Kurt Swatz (Boise State), 6-3
Conso Semi - Pitsch dec. #5/9 Stephen Dwyer (Nebraska), 5-4
Third Place - Keegan Mueller (North Carolina) default Pitsch, injury default

174 - Rick Renzi (0-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - #3/3 Steve Luke (Michigan) tech Renzi, 19-4
Conso 2nd - Tyler Bernacchi (UC Davis) pinned Renzi, 1:38

184 - Jake Cranford (0-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - #12/nr Jesse Strawn (Old Dominion) major Cranford, 11-1
Conso 2nd - ns/D2-#1 Jared Deaquero (Adams State) dec. Cranford, 5-3 ot

197 - #5/14 Jason Trulson (3-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - Dennis Drury (N. Carolina) dec. Trulson, 4-0
Conso 3rd - Trulson major #12/nr Jimmy Hamel (Buffalo), 12-2
Conso 4th - Trulson dec. Jake Johnson (Stanford), 7-2
Conso 5th - Trulson dec. #10/nr John Drake (CS Fullerton), 2-0
Conso 6th - #8/17 Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro) dec. Trulson, 3-1

285 - Quinton Pruett (1-2, Did Not Place)
Pigtails - Pruett dec. Andrew Skinner (Western St.), 10-9
Champ 1st - #10/nr Reece Hopkins (No. Colorado) pinned Pruett, 4:48
Conso 2nd - Jason Marshall (Ohio) dec. Pruett, 5-1

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