No. 11 ASU Wrestling Suffers Close Loss at No. 10 Minnesota, 20-15

Jan. 1, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The New Year got off to a slow start for the No. 11 Arizona State wrestling team as the visiting Sun Devils dropped a 20-15 decision to No. 10 Minnesota at the Regional Sports Center in Rochester, Minn., Thursday. The loss saw the Sun Devils' record slip to 0-2 on the season following its second close defeat at the hands of a Big Ten opponent (No. 3 Iowa, 24-17 on Nov. 30). ASU falls to 0-2 on the year while UM improved to 1-1.

The dual, which started at 184 pounds, got under way with No. 12 Nick Frost (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) scoring a 6-2 decision over Josh McLay to put ASU out in front, 3-0. The lead for the Sun Devils would be short lived, however, as UM took the next three bouts, including the two marquee matches of the meet. The Golden Gophers tied the scored at three when top ranked and defending NCAA champion Damion Hahn handed No. 3 Ryan Bader (So., Verdi, Nev.) just his second setback of the season, 4-1. In a rematch of the third-place bout at the Las Vegas Invitational nearly one month earlier, No. 8 Cole Konrad again defeated the Sun Devils' heavyweight No. 11 Cain Velasquez (So., Yuma, Ariz.), 9-6, to push the advantage to 6-3. Andrew Domingues made the margin 9-3 with his 12-9 decision over Christian Staylor (Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) at 125.

The Sun Devils then battled back with a trio of wins. Mike Simpson (Jr., Anaheim, Calif.), in his first dual action of the season, brought ASU to within two points with his 17-7 major decision over Quincy Osborn at 133. With the score at 9-7 in favor of the home team, Jeremy Mendoza (So., Temecula, Calif.) earned just his second win of the season with a 9-3 decision over Tommy Owen at 141 to put the Sun Devils back in front again, 10-9. No. 10 Patrick Williams (Jr., Homestead, Fla.) followed with a 22-6 technical fall over Keri Stanley to set the score at 15-9 in favor of ASU.

But that is where the wins stopped for the visitors. Matt Nagel pulled UM to within three after he upset No. 10 Brian Stith (Fr., Hampton, Va.) at 157, 8-2. The Golden Gophers then reclaimed the lead, this time for good, when No. 6 Jacob Volkmann downed Jaime Robbins (Fr., Mesa, Ariz.) with a 16-1 technical fall. Leading 17-15, UM secured the team win with Jon Duncombe's 10-4 decision over Ron Renzi (Sr., Burke, Va.) at 174.

ASU will try again to secure its first win of the season when it returns home Sunday to play host to the 2004 Sun Devil Duals inside Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The hosts will face intrastate foe Embry-Riddle at 10 a.m. and conference rival Stanford at noon before a 4 p.m. showdown with No. 2 Iowa State and former ASU coach Bobby Douglas. Other teams slated to compete are No. 8 Missouri, No. 18 West Virginia, No. 23 Cal Poly and American.

#10 Minnesota (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten): 20
#11 Arizona State (0-2, 0-0 Pac-10): 15
Dual started at 184 pounds
184 #12 Nick Frost (ASU) Dec Josh McLay (UM), 6-2
197 #1 Damion Hahn (UM) Dec #3 Ryan Bader (ASU), 4-1
285 #8 Cole Konrad (UM) Dec #11 Cain Velasquez (ASU), 9-6
125 Andrew Domingues (UM) Dec Christian Staylor (ASU), 12-9
133 Mike Simpson (ASU) Major Quincy Osborn (UM), 17-7
141 Jeremy Mendoza (ASU) Dec Tommy Owen (UM), 9-3
149 #10 Patrick Williams (ASU) Tech Fall Keri Stanley (UM), 22-6 (5:47)
157 Matt Nagel (UM) Dec #10 Brian Stith (ASU), 8-2
165 #6 Jacob Volkmann (UM) Tech Fall Jaime Robbins (ASU), 16-1 (5:20)
174 Jon Duncombe (UM) Dec Ron Renzi (ASU), 10-4

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