ASU Sweeps Pac-10 Wrestling Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the league's coaches, ARIZONA STATE swept the Pac-10 wrestling honors, with senior Anthony Robles being named the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, head coach Shawn Charles being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and redshirt senior Bubba Jenkins being named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
PAC-10 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR - ANTHONY ROBLES, ARIZONA STATE
Anthony Robles wins the second Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year accolade of his career, as her earned the honor in 2009 and is the eighth Sun Devil all-time to take home the award. Robles won the Pac-10 title in the 125-pound weight category for the third-straight year and capped off a stellar career in Tempe with an NCAA title in the same weight class. The inspirational Mesa, Ariz., native, went undefeated on the season, was the top seed in the 125 pound weight class at the NCAA Championships and defeated his opponent, the defending champion, 7-1, to take the title. Robles was named Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships, marking the fourth time this season he won the honor at a meet.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: SHAWN CHARLES, ARIZONA STATE
Second-year head coach Shawn Charles earns his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor as he coached two Sun Devils to 2011 NCAA titles, making Arizona State the only school to boast multiple NCAA individual champions this season. A four-time All-American and two-time national runner-up in his own right, Charles led ASU to an team finish of sixth on 62.5 points at the NCAA Championships, tying the program's all-time best finish. He also led the Sun Devils to a third place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the highest since 2006. Charles coached three to All-American accolades in 2011, Robles, Jenkins and 285-pounder Levi Cooper. Charles becomes just the fourth ASU coach to be bestowed with the honor.
PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: BUBBA JENKINS, ARIZONA STATE
Rounding out the Arizona State awards sweep is redshirt senior Bubba Jenkins being named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Jenkins, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., wrestled for three season at Penn State before arriving in Tempe. One of the top wrestlers at 149 pounds, Jenkins wrestled in the 157 pound category this season and as the fourth seed at the NCAA Championships, defeated a former Penn State teammate to win the title. Jenkins' win made him just the fourth wrestler in NCAA history to reach the final of a weight class for two different schools, this time with Jenkins on top after he placed second in 2008 at 149 pounds for PSU. All four of those individuals won at least one title in their career, either before or after transferring. Jenkins also finished as the runner-up at 157 at the Pac-10 Championships.