Sun Devils Tie For 10th at Midlands Championships

Dec. 30, 2000

EVANSTON, Ill. - Steve Blackford captured the third-place title at 165 pounds while R.D. Pursell took sixth at 184, as No. 10 Arizona State wrestling tied for 10th with Pac-10 foe Oregon in the Midlands Championships at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. Saturday.

Blackford, one of five Sun Devils to advance to today's consolation semifinals, completed the two-day tournament with a 6-1 record. The senior All-American defeated unattached wrestler Matt Anderson 6-0 in the third-place match after winning his previous three bouts in consolation semifinal action. Blackford won both first round matches, but lost by fall to Ben Shirk of Iowa in the quarterfinals yesterday.

In the fifth-place bout at 184 pounds, Pursell suffered his second loss of the tournament to Oregon's Doug Lee, 9-2, but became the second Sun Devil to place at Midlands. A second round loss to Lee sent Pursell into the consolation bracket yesterday, only to have the Sun Devil senior win his next four matches. A 10-8 loss to Minnesota's Damion Hahn then put Pursell into the fifth-place championship bout with Lee.

Minnesota won the team title with 144 points, while Iowa State and the Hawkeye Wrestling Club followed with 133 and 74 points respectively. ASU and the Ducks ended the tournament in 10th with 53 points, while the only other Pac-10 team to finish higher was Oregon State in ninth (55.5 points).

The Sun Devils were without the services of sophomore All-American Eric Larkin and outstanding newcomer Dana Holland, both out with injures.

Up next, ASU will open its conference schedule hosting Cal Poly at Wells Fargo Arena Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

Midlands Invitational, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.
Top-10 Final Team Results:

1. Minnesota, 144 pts., 2. Iowa State, 133, 3. Hawkeye Wrestling Club, 74, 4. Hofstra, 71, 5. Ohio State, 66, 6. Illinois, 61, 7. Sunkist Kids, 58, 8. Michigan State, 56, 9. Oregon State, 55.5, 10. Arizona State, 53, 10. Oregon, 53.
ASU Final 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
Consolation Semifinal - Chad Hay (Illinois) dec. David Douglas (ASU), 3-1

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 Semifinal - Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. Elizar Ceballos (CS Bakersfield), 5-3
Consolation Semifinal - Leo Urbinelli (Cornell) dec. Rocky Smart (ASU), 3-2

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
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Noel Thompson (Hofstra), 7-6
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Chris Vitale (Lehigh), 6-4
Consolation Semifinal - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Matt Lackey (Illinois), 3-2
Third Place - Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. Matt Anderson (unattached), 6-0

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. 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
Consolation Semifinal - R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Gerald Harris III (Cleveland St), 3-2
Consolation Semifinal - R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Francis Volpe (Harvard), 7-3
Consolation Semfinal - Damion Hahn (Minnesota) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 10-8
Fifth Place - Doug Lee (Oregon) dec. R.D. Pursell (ASU), 9-2

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
Consolation Semifinal - Mitch Clark (OIWC) major dec. Kellen Fluckiger (ASU), 14-5

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