Velasquez Takes First, Pitsch Second at East Stroudsburg Open

Nov. 19, 2005


STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Cain Velasquez won the heavyweight division and Patrick Pitsch finished second at 165 pounds to pace the No. 10 Arizona State University wrestling team at the 2005 East Stroudsburg Open Saturday in Stroudsburg, Pa. The tournament, which did not record team scores, featured numerous East Coast teams, including competitors from Penn State, Lehigh, Lock Haven and North Carolina.

Velasquez marched through the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record on the day and defeated Jake Lininger (Shippensburg) in the finals after Lininger took an injury default. Velasquez won three bouts by major decision and another by fall en route to his first tournament title of the season.

Pitsch and Ryan Bader (197) also placed in the tournament with Pitsch reaching the finals of the 165 division before taking a medical forfeit to finish second. Pitsch won his first two bouts by major decision and his next three by decision to reach the finals. Bader opened the tournament with a win by fall and then by decision before injury forfeiting his final three bouts for a sixth-place finish.

Also competing for the Sun Devils on the day were Jeremy Mendoza (2-2 at 125), Adam Hickey (2-2 at 133), Pat Payne (1-2 at 149), Kevin Gaughan (2-2 at 157), Jamie Robbins (3-2 at 174), Alex Pavlenko (1-2 at 174) and Jason Trulson (3-2 at 184).

After their first two weeks of action took place on the road, the Sun Devils will open their home slate Saturday, Nov. 26, when they play host to No. 5 Iowa for a 6 p.m. dual at Wells Fargo Arena.

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