Wrestling Tied For Sixth After Day One at Midlands Championships

Dec. 29, 2000

EVANSTON, Ill. - The 10th-ranked Arizona State wrestling squad finished the first day of competition tied for sixth-place at the 37th Annual Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Friday.

Senior All-American Steve Blackford and junior David Douglas lead a group of five Sun Devils advancing in the consolation brackets of their respective weight classes. Both Blackford (165) and Douglas (133) won their first two matches of the day but were defeated in the quarterfinals and will battle for third place finishes tomorrow.

Sophomore Rocky Smart (157), senior R.D. Pursell (184) and sophomore Kellan Fluckiger (HWT) are also alive in the consolation brackets and will continue to compete tomorrow. Pursell won three of his four matches during the first day of action, including two by fall and one by major decision.

Heading into Saturday's semifinal action, Minnesota leads the team race with 73 points, followed by Iowa State with 50 and Iowa with 40. ASU and Illinois are locked up in sixth-place with 34.5 points apiece.

The Midlands Championships continue Saturday with finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. MST.

Midlands Invitational, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
Top-10 Team Results:
1. Minnesota, 73.0 pts, 2. Iowa State, 59.0, 3. Iowa, 40.0, 4. Hofstra, 35.5, 5. Michigan State, 35.0, T6. Arizona State, 34.5, T6. Illinois, 34.5, 8. Ohio State, 33.5, 9. Oregon, 33.0, 10. Hawkeye WC, 31.0.

ASU Individual Results
125 pounds
First Round - Sean Shea (George Mason) pinned Chris Knox (ASU), 4:30
Consolation - Chris Knox (ASU) pinned Jacob Moore (Iowa State), 1:25
Consolation - Kore Sharpley (Ohio State) dec. Chris Knox (ASU), 7-4

133 pounds
First Round - David Douglas (ASU) pinned Joe Garcia (CS Bakersfield), 5:10
Second Round - David Douglas (ASU) major decision Jeff Ratliff (Ohio State), 14-4
Quarterfinal - Teague Moore (Sunkist) dec. David Douglas (ASU), 3-2

141 pounds
First Round - Doug Schwab (Iowa) major dec. Dan Hyman (ASU) 19-8
Consolation - Dan Hyman (ASU) dec. Nick Cirrincione (unattached), 3-2
Consolation - Josh Ballard (Northwestern) pinned Dan Hyman (ASU), 3:19

149 pounds

157 pounds
First Round - Eric Jorgensen (Oregon State) dec. Rocky Smart (ASU), 5-1
Consolation - Rocky Smart (ASU) default Ryan Berger (Illinois)
Consolation - Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Russell Clark (Central Michigan), 5-4
Consolation - Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Elizar Ceballos (CS Bakersfield), 5-3

165 pounds
First Round - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Dominic Dellagtatta (Ultimate WC), 9-7
Second Round - Steve Blackford (ASU) pinned Ryan Kane (Northwestern), 3:19
Quarterfinal - Ben Shirk (Iowa) pinned Steve Blackford (ASU), 4:26

174 pounds
First Round - John Hardy (unattached) pinned Curtis Owen (ASU), 5:48
Consolation - Curtis Owen (ASU) major dec. John Sears (unattached), 12-4
Consolation - Jonathon Fitch (Purdue) dec. dec. Curtis Owen (ASU), 12-7

184 pounds
First Round - R.D. Pursell (ASU) pinned Andy Peterson (Maranatha), 1:41
Second Round - Doug Lee (Oregon) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 3-1
Consolation - R.D. Pursell (ASU) major dec. John Wechter (Michigan State), 10-2
Consolation - R.D. Pursell (ASU) pinned Brendan Curran (Northwestern), 5:27

197 pounds
First Round - Andy Swanson (ASU) pinned Chris Graves (unattached), 4:05
Second Round - Zach Thompson (Iowa State) major dec. Andy Swanson (ASU), 15-5
Consolation - Andy Swanson (ASU) dec. Bert Dobies (unattached), 3-1
Consolation - Martius Harding (West Virginia) dec. Andy Swanson (ASU), 6-4

First Round - Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Matt Lamb (Michigan State), 2-0
Second Round - Jason Cooley (Oregon State) dec. Kellan Fluckiger (ASU), 3-2
Consolation - Kellen Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Jim Kilcoyne (Central Michigan) 4-1
Consolation - Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Mark Knauer (Iowa State), 5-0

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