ASU Wrestling Fourth After First Two Rounds at Las Vegas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2000

PRIMM, Nev. - The 10th-ranked Arizona State wrestling squad is tied for fourth-place with defending Pac-10 champion Boise State after two rounds at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Primm, Nev. Friday.

The Sun Devils have four wrestlers in the championship bracket and five in the consolation bracket heading into quarterfinals. Junior David Douglas (133), sophomore Eric Larkin (141), sophomore Rocky Smart (157) and senior Steve Blackford (165) all won their first and second round matches to advance to the quarterfinal rounds.

In team scoring, ASU is just behind first-place Illinois (42.5 points), second-place Oregon State (40.5), and third-place Nebraska (38.5). The Sun Devils and Broncos are locked at 36 points each.

Tournament action continues all day tomorrow, with final rounds scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite, Primm, Nev. - Day One Results
125 Pounds

Matt Strawser (N. Dakota State) dec. Jeff Charlebois (ASU), 5-4
Jeff Charlebois (ASU) pinned Matt Holt (Pacific Lutheran), 2:38

133 Pounds
David Douglas (ASU) major dec. Bryson Vasquez (N. Colorado), 17-4

141 Pounds
Eric Larkin (ASU) tech. fall Ryan Montanez (Air Force), 19-3, 6:15
Eric Larkin (ASU) pinned Jonathon Williams (N.C. State), 4:38

149 Pounds
Gabe Webster (Cornell) dec. Dana Holland (ASU), 5-3

157 Pounds
Rocky Smart (ASU) tech. fall Shane McChesney (Clarion), 17-2, 6:02
Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Andy Tieben (Cornell), 8-7

165 Pounds
Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Tom McMath (W. Virginia), 3-2
Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Grady Wolf (N. Dakota State), 13-11

174 Pounds
Curtis Owen (ASU) dec. Mike Mellor (Fresno State), 12-5
Curtis Owen (ASU) tech. fall Nick Webster (George Mason), 18-3, 7:00

184 Pounds
Kyle Smith (Michigan) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 3-2

197 Pounds
Pat Quirk (Illinois) major dec. Andy Swanson (ASU), 10-1
Andy Swanson (ASU) vs. Gilbert Jones (Mo. Valley)

Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) major dec. Chad Troxler (Fullerton), 11-0
John Lockhart (Illinois) dec, Kellan Fluckiger (ASU), 3-1

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