#20 Sun Devil Wrestling Blasts UC Davis in Season Opener, 38-6

Nov. 13, 2009

TEMPE - The Arizona State University wrestling team won eight matches in a row with six of those victories producing bonus points to easily down host UC Davis in Davis, Calif., on Friday night to open the 2009-10 season and give new head coach Shawn Charles a win in his debut with the program. Ranked No. 20 in the nation according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA), the Sun Devils are now 1-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Aggies fell to 0-1-0 and 0-1-0 in the conference.

The dual opened at heavyweight with Sun Devil senior Erik Nye dropping a tough 4-3 decision to Ricky Alcala, spotting the hosts an early 3-0 lead before ASU took over. Starting with the 125-pound match, the Sun Devils won eight in a row and took the lead for good with its first victory of the night as No. 3 Anthony Robles scored a 20-3 technical fall over Mark Jay Acosta to put ASU on top, 4-3.

After Ben Ashmore won his Sun Devil debut at 133 pounds by forfeit to put ASU on top, 10-3, No. 5 Chris Drouin added to the lead as he defeated Justin Arredondo in the 141-pound match with a 17-1 technical fall. The Sun Devils picked up wins in the next two matches win pins as Vicente Varela stuck Randall Watts in 2:30 and Te Edwards pinned Trevor Machado-Ching in 4:42.

Leading 28-3, the visitors tacked on 10 more points over the next three matches, first with Kyle DeBerry taking a 10-4 decision over David Watts at 165. From there, Eric Starks won the Sun Devils’ sixth bonus-point match as he scored a 16-3 major decision over Joshua Esparza before Jake Meredith took a 4-1 decision over Stephan Hampton at 184. In the final match of the night, UCD’s Rory McBryde spoiled the debut of Michael Hawkins as the Sun Devils’ redshirt freshman lost a 3-2 decision to bring the final score to 38-6 in favor of ASU.

With the win, the Sun Devils improved their all-time record to 5-0-0 against the Aggies with a perfect 3-0-0 mark in duals held in Davis while making Charles the fourth Sun Devil coach to win his debut. ASU also improved to 35-13-0 all-time in its first dual of the year and 32-16-0 in its first road dual of the year while improving to 28-4-1 all-time in its first Pac-10 dual of the year and 23-5-0 in its first conference road dual of the season.

The Sun Devils will remain on the road this weekend for a second Pac-10 dual as they travel to Fullerton, Calif., for a 2 p.m. PT contest with CS Fullerton inside Titan Gym.

#20 Arizona State def. UC Davis, 38-6
at Davis, Calif.
285 - Ricky Alcala (UCD) dec. Erik Nye, 4-3
125 - #3 Anthony Robles (ASU) tech fall Mark Jay Acosta, 20-3
133 - Ben Ashmore (ASU) won by forfeit
141 - #5 Chris Drouin (ASU) tech fall Justin Arredondo, 17-1
149 - Vicente Varela (ASU) pinned Randall Watts, 2:30
157 - Te Edwards (ASU) pinned Trevor Machado-Ching, 4:42
165 - Kyle DeBerry (ASU) dec. David Watts, 10-4
174 - Eric Starks (ASU) major Joshua Esparza, 16-3
184 - Jake Meredith (ASU) dec. Stephan Hampton, 4-1
197 - Rory McBryde (UCD) dec. Michael Hawkins, 3-2

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