Maroon Wins 6-of-9 Matches to Defeat Gold, 19-10, at ASU Wrestle-Offs

Oct. 30, 2009

TEMPE - The Arizona State University wrestling team held its annual Maroon and Gold Dual on Friday night at the Riches Wrestling Complex to determine the starters for the upcoming season and the maroon walked away victorious, 19-10, over the gold on the strength of winning six of the nine contests. The Sun Devils are preparing for their first dual of the year that will take place at UC Davis on November 13, just two weeks away.

The dual opened at 125 pounds with a match that everyone had been anticipating for several months now as Anthony Robles, a 2009 All-American at the weight class, came from behind to score a 7-4 decision over Ben Ashmore. Robles was trailing 2-0 at the end of the first as Ashmore scored a takedown and the challenger remained ahead, 3-2, at the end of two after he escaped after Robles took him down. After starting down and receiving a penalty point that tied the match, Robles reversed Ashmore and picked up two near-fall points before Ashmore escaped to make it a 7-4 final.

Leading 3-0 in the team standings, the maroon squad added another decision victory as David Prado scored a 6-4 decision over Jake Hannaford in overtime. After a scoreless first, Prado chose down and escaped before taking down Hannaford and riding him out for a 3-0 lead. Hannaford chose down in the third and took at 4-3 lead on an escape and then a takedown and a penalty point (stalling). Prado escaped to force overtime where he won on a takedown.

The maroon team extended its lead to 9-0 as 2009 All-American Chris Drouin pulled out a close 3-2 decision over Orlando Jimenez. After a scoreless first, Jimenez chose down and escaped for the lone point in the period. Trailing 1-0, Drouin chose down for the third and escaped, then took Jimenez down for a 3-1 lead. Jimenez escaped to inch closer, but neither man scored again.

Gold finally got on the board at 149 when Vicente Varela won a 10-3 decision over Tony Ruiz. Varela led, 2-1, through one and then used an escape and two takedowns in the second to make it 7-2. Varela added a takedown and one point on a second stalling call for the final score.

Te Edwards brought the gold side to a 9-7 deficit as he scored the first bonus-point victory of the night by defeating Lucas Mariacher in a 15-5 major decision. Edwards held a 6-2 lead through the first period as he scored two takedowns and two near-fall points. Mariacher chose down to start the second and escaped before Edwards scored twice more on takedowns for a 10-4 lead. Edwards escaped to open the third and then, once again, scored on two takedowns for the final margin of victory.

After trailing through the first five bouts, the gold team took their first lead (10-9) after the 165 match ended in a 12-6 victory for Kyle DeBerry over Sal Musto. DeBerry took down his foe and Musto escaped before the reverse happened, but DeBerry added a takedown at the end of the first period for a 5-3 lead. DeBerry chose down to start the second and escaped before scoring another takedown and riding Musto out. DeBerry added two more takedowns to Musto’s three escapes in the third for the final score.

The gold team’s lead, however, did not last long as Eric Starks scored a 16-3 major decision over Emilio Veramontes at 174 to put maroon back on top, 13-10. Starks opened up a 10-1 lead through one period with two takedowns and two, three-point near-falls and added an escape and takedown in the second. In the final period, a takedown and a stalling point provided the 2009 Pac-10 runner-up with his final margin of victory.

Although the match did not count toward the team score, the 184 match was good one as former Missouri All-American and current volunteer coach Raymond Jordan won an 8-4 decision over Jake Meredith in the featured match. Jordan took a 4-2 lead through one on a pair of takedowns and added two more in the second after choosing neutral. Meredith opened the third down and escaped, but could not find the takedown and fell to one of his coaches in the exhibition match.

The 197 match pitted a pair relative newcomers against one another with true freshman Anthony Pike scoring a 9-2 decision over redshirt freshman Michael Hawkins to push the maroon advantage to a score of 16-10. Pike scored a takedown for a 2-0 first period lead before Hawkins started down in the second and escaped for a 2-1 score. Pike scored twice more on takedowns and held a 6-2 lead through two before escaping bottom to open the third and then add a takedown for the 9-2 final.

In the final match of the night, the gold team needed a pin by Imanibom Etukeren to force a tie, but Erik Nye secured the team win for the maroon side as he took a 3-1 victory at heavyweight. After a scoreless first period, Nye chose down and escaped for a 1-0 lead and then added a takedown for a 3-0 lead through two periods. Etukeren chose down to start the third and escaped, but neither man scored again for the 3-1 final.

In two weeks, the Sun Devils will compete in a pair of Pac-10 duals on the road as they travel to UC Davis and CS Fullerton on November 13 and 15, respectively.

2009 Maroon and Gold Dual
Riches Wrestling Complex - Tempe
125 - Anthony Robles (M) dec. Ben Ashmore (G), 7-4
133 - David Prado (M) dec. Jake Hannaford (G), 6-4 sv
141 - Chris Drouin (M) dec. Orlando Jimenez (G), 3-2
149 - Vicente Varela (G) dec. Tony Ruiz (M), 10-3
157 - Te Edwards (G) major Lucas Mariacher (M), 15-5
165 - Kyle DeBerry (G) dec. Sal Musto (M), 12-6
174 - Eric Starks (M) major Emilio Veramontes (G), 16-3
184 - Raymond Jordan (G) dec. Jake Meredith (M), 8-4
197 - Anthony Pike (M) dec. Michael Hawkins (G), 9-2
285 - Erik Nye (M) dec. Imanibom Etukeren (G), 3-1

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