Wrestling Wins Fifth Straight with 25-13 Victory Over Penn
Feb. 9, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 14th-ranked Arizona State wrestling squad turned in its fifth-straight victory with a 25-13 win against Pennsylvania Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU improves its overall record to 10-3, while Penn falls to 5-6.
Sparking the Sun Devils, junior Dana Holland pulled an upset victory over No. 14 Joe Henson at 149 pounds, while sophomore All-American Eric Larkin pinned Dan Mousetis and junior David Douglas earned a major decision victory over Jeff Eveleth.
Penn led off with an early victory at 125 pounds, when Mason Lenhard earned a 19-7 major decision over redshirt-freshman Chris Knox. But it was Douglas at 133 pounds who quickly evened the score with a major decision of his own over Eveleth, 15-5.
At 141 pounds, Larkin wasted no time giving the Sun Devils a lead they would never relinquish, pinning Mousetis in 2:45. Holland extended ASU's team lead to 13-4 with an exciting 12-9 upset of Henson at 149. At 157 pounds, sophomore Rocky Smart, ranked No. 13, took No. 2 Yoshi Nakamura down to the wire and nearly pulled an upset of his own. In the end, it was Nakamura who prevailed in overtime, 2-1, with an escape.
ASU then retained its momentum with three straight wins beginning with senior All-American Steve Blackford's 4-2 decision over Penn's Tim Ortman at 165. With the victory, No. 4 Blackford moves into sole possession of fourth-place on the ASU all-time wins list with 128.
Junior Curtis Owen, ranked No. 20 at 174 pounds, earned a 9-3 decision over Josh Henson and senior R.D. Pursell, ranked No. 13 at 184, edged Marcus Schontube 4-3.Penn won only its third bout of the night when 10th-ranked Mike Fickell pinned redshirt-freshman Andy Swanson in 1:45 at 197 pounds. Eleventh-ranked sophomore heavyweight Kellan Fluckiger put the icing on the team victory for the Sun Devils with a 7-0 decision over Mike Faust.
ASU will pack its bags tomorrow and travel to Ames, Iowa for a match with No. 4 Iowa State, Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. CST.
#14 Arizona State 25, Pennsylvania 13
Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
125: Mason Lenhard (Penn) major dec. Chris Knox (ASU), 19-7
133: #11 David Douglas (ASU) major dec. Jeff Eveleth (Penn), 15-5
141: #3 Eric Larkin (ASU) pinned Dan Mousetis (Penn), 2:45
149: Dana Holland (ASU) dec. #14 Joe Henson (Penn), 12-9
157: #2 Yoshi Nakamura (Penn) dec. #13 Rocky Smart, 2-1 OT
165: #4 Steve Blackford (ASU) dec. #20 Tim Ortman (Penn), 4-2
174: #20 Curtis Owen (ASU) dec. Josh Henson (Penn), 9-3
184: #13 R.D. Pursell (ASU) dec. Marcus Schontube (Penn), 4-3
197: #10 Mike Fickell (Penn) pinned Andy Swanson (Penn), 1:45
HWT: #11 Kellan Fluckiger (ASU) dec. Mike Faust (Penn), 7-0
Rankings according to Amateur Wrestling News