Jason Trulson Takes Second Place to Lead Wrestling at Reno Tourney

Dec. 18, 2007

Final Brackets (pdf)

RENO, Nev. - The Arizona State University wrestling team placed 11th overall as a team at the Reno Tournament of Champions Tuesday night inside the Downtown Reno Convention Center in Reno, Nev. The Sun Devils closed out the 2007 calender with three individuals placing in the Top 5 as Jason Trulson (second at 197), Patrick Pitsch (fourth at 165) and Chris Drouin (fifth at 141) led the way.

No. 6 Central Michigan won the team title with 152.5 points and was followed in the Top 5 by No. 5 Oklahoma State (128.0), No. 17 Cornell (99.0), No. 21 Navy (91.0) and CS Fullerton (86.5).

Trulson opened his day with a 10-4 decision over Jake Johnson (Stanford) before downing Taylor Moore (Cornell), 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Trulson won a 2-0 decision over Shaun Dee (Oregon) before the second-seeded Sun Devil defeated third-seeded Clayton Foster (Oklahoma State) in the semifinals, 3-1. In the finals, Trulson lost a close bout with top-seeded and sixth-ranked Wynn Michalak (Central Michigan).

Pitsch was the top-seeded wrestler at 165 pounds and went 3-2 overall to place fourth overall. Pitsch defeated Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 11-4, to record the 75th win in his collegiate career before scoring a 13-3 major decision over Tommy Hutchinson (Appalachian State) in the quarterfinals. Pitsch dropped a 6-3 decision to fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked Trevor Stewart (Central Michigan) to fall to the consolation semifinals where he again defeated Atondo, this time, 9-2. In the third-place bout, second-seeded and 9th-ranked Jake Deiffenbach (Oklahoma State) picked up a 7-3 decision over Pitsch, sending the Sun Devil senior to fourth place.

The final to place in the tournament was freshman Drouin, who went 4-2 to finish fifth at 141 pounds. Drouin opened the day with a pin of Kurtis Ogasawara (UC Davis) in 4:57 and then scored a 13-4 major decision over Mike McPeak (MSU-Northern) to move into the quarterfinals. Unseeded in the tournament, Drouin knocked off fourth-seeded and second-ranked (Division II) Steve Fittery (Shippensburg), 10-4, to move into the semifinals, where top-seeded and fifth-ranked Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State), the eventual champion, won an 8-4 decision. Drouin dropped his second bout in a row with a 9-0 major decision to third-seeded and 17th-rank Eric Krueger (Central Michigan) to fall to the fifth-place bout where he defeated Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming), 5-0, for his first placement in a collegiate tournament.

The Sun Devils return to action after the New Year when they play host to the Sun Devil Duals on January 6 inside Wells Fargo Arena. ASU will face Army at noon, Grand Canyon at 1:30 p.m. and Penn at 3 p.m. Sun Devil wrestling alumni will be on hand to be recognized, including the entire 1988 NCAA Championship team, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of winning its only team title.

Reno Tournament of Champions
December 18 • Reno Downtown Convention Center
#/# is tournament seed/national ranking
125 - ns/19 Anthony Robles (3-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - Robles major Mike Rodriguez (Cornell), 14-1
Champ 2nd - Robles major Allan Stein (Navy), 16-5
Champ Quarter - #3/16 Boris Novachkov (Cal Poly) dec. Robles, 4-3
Conso 5th - Robles dec. ns/D2-2 Arsenia Barksale (Adams State), 9-3
Conso Quarter - Mike Rodriguez (Cornell) major Robles, 13-2

133 - Todd Schavrien (0-2, Did Not Place)
Conso 2nd - #3/17 Filip Novachkov (Cal Poly) dec. Schavrien, 5-1
Conso 3rd - ns/20 Conor Beebe (Central Michigan) major Schavrien, 10-1

141 - Chris Drouin (4-2, Fifth Place)
Champ 1st - Drouin pinned Kurtis Ogasawara (UC Davis), 4:57
Champ 2nd - Drouin major Mike McPeak (MSU-Northern), 13-4
Champ Quarter - Drouin dec. #4/D2-2 Steve Fittery (Shippensburg), 10-4
Champ Semi - #1/5 Nathan Morgan (Oklahoma State) dec. Drouin, 8-4
Conso Semi - #3/17 Eric Kruger (Central Michigan) major Drouin, 9-0
Fifth Place - Drouin dec. Cole Dallaserra (Wyoming), 5-0

149 - Jerrad Trulson (4-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - Jeremy Doyle (CS Bakersfield) dec. Trulson, 9-6
Conso 2nd - Trulson dec. Tomas Rosa (Southern Oregon), 7-0
Conso 3rd - Trulson dec. Cody Chipperfield (Wyoming), 9-7
Conso 4th - Trulson pinned Derek Royster (Citadel), 3:38
Conso 5th - Barrett Abel (UC Davis) tech Trulson, 17-0

149 - Jalonn Wilkins (0-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 2nd - Lucas Espericueta (Stanford) major Wilkins, 12-3
Conso 2nd - Elwin Warsh (Cal Poly) major Wilkind, 8-0

157 - Alex Pavlenko (1-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - #2/9 Chase Pami (Cal Poly) dec. Pavlenko, 6-3
Conso 2nd - Pavlenko dec. Zolboo Enkhbayar (Soutwestern Oregon), 4-2
Conso 3rd - Neil Erisman (Oklahoma State) dec. Pavlenko, 6-2

165 - #1/4 Patrick Pitsch (3-2, Fourth Place)
Champ 2nd - Pitsch dec. Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 11-4
Champ Quarter - Pitsch major Tommy Hutchinson (Appalachian State), 13-3
Champ Semi - #4/12 Trevor Stewart (Central Michigan) dec. Pitsch, 6-3
Conso Semi - Pitsch dec. Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 9-2
Third Place - #2/9 Jake Dieffenbach (Oklahoma State) dec. Pitsch, 7-3

174 - Rick Renzi (1-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - Renzi pinned Derek Sickel (Citadel), 4:35
Champ 2nd - ns/NAIA-2 John Wilcox (Oklahoma City College) dec. Renzi, 2-0
Conso 3rd - Mark Fenwick (Utah Valley State) pinned Renzi, 4:30

174 - Cory Nelson (1-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - ns/NJCAA-7 David Laird dec. Nelson, 8-6
Conso 2nd - Nelson dec. Nate Myers (Western Wyoming), 10-5
Conso 3rd - Ron Lee (Oregon) dec. Nelson, 8-5

184 - Jake Cranford (0-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 1st - #2/3 Christian Sinnott (Central Michigan) pinned Cranford, 6:09
Conso 2nd - Robert Hazenburg (Great Falls) dec. Cranford, 5-2

197 - #2/18 Jason Trulson (4-1, Second Place)
Champ 1st - Trulson dec. Jake Johnson (Stanford), 10-4
Champ 2nd - Trulson dec. Taylor Moore (Cornell), 6-1
Champ Quarter - Trulson dec. Shaun Dee (Oregon), 2-0
Champ Semi - Trulson dec. #/3nr Clayton Foster (Oklahoma State), 3-1
Final - #1/6 Wynn Michalak (Central Michigan) dec. Trulson, 3-1

285 - Kenny Lester (0-2, Did Not Place)
Champ 2nd - Scott Steele (Navy) major Lester, 15-2
Conso 3rd - Ricky Alcala (UC Davis) pinned Lester, 1:27

Final Team Standings
1. #6 Central Michigan - 152.5
2. #5 Oklahoma State - 128.0
3. #17 Cornell - 99.0
4. #21 Navy - 91.0
5. CS Fullerton - 86.5
11. Arizona State - 49.5

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