No. 5 Iowa Downs No. 10 ASU Wrestling, 26-13
Nov. 26, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - For the second week in a row, the No. 10 Arizona State University wrestling team took to the mats in a battle against a Top 10 opponent. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, it also marked the second dual in a row they fell to a higher ranked team, this time dropping a 26-13 decision to visiting No. 5 Iowa Saturday night in front of 1,369 fans inside Wells Fargo Arena. ASU slipped to 3-2 (1-0 Pac-10) on the season while the Hawkeyes improved to 1-0 following their first dual of the season.
The Sun Devils again started off on the right foot as No. 14 Jeremy Mendoza recorded an 8-2 decision to spot the home team an early 3-0 lead. That lead was short lived as Adam Hickey was pinned at 5:50 into the 133 bout by Daniel Dennis to give Iowa the lead, 6-3.
The Hawkeyes, who improved to 21-1-1 all-time against the Sun Devils, picked up another three points at 141 as No. 12 Alex Tsirtsis recorded a 10-3 decision over Jason Robbins. No. 3 Ty Eustice added four more points as he scored a 16-6 major decision over Pat Payne at 149 leading into the marquee match-up of the evening.
At 157 pounds, No. 6 Brian Stith, who was making his first dual appearance of the season, took on No. 3 Joe Johnston in the night's only battle of nationally ranked foes. Johnston, the 2005 national runner-up, took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown as only five seconds remained in the first period. He added another point on a second period escape before Stith reversed his opponent to open the third period. Johnston escaped for the final point of the bout to secure a 4-2 victory and push the Hawkeye advantage to 16-3.
The Sun Devils got back on the winning track at 165 as No. 11 Patrick Pitsch secured a 6-2 decision over Cole Pape. Iowa then scored their final 10 points of the dual as No. 3 Mark Perry pinned Alex Pavlenko at 3:52 in the 174 bout before No. 2 Paul Bradley scored a 17-5 major decision over Jason Trulson.
No. 14 Ryan Bader got back into the winning column at 197 as he picked up a 9-1 major decision before No. 4 Cain Velasquez recorded a 4-0 decision at heavyweight to close out the night. Velasquez improved to 10-0 overall on the season while Mendoza improved to 7-0 on his senior campaign.
The Sun Devils return to the road next weekend as they head to Sin City for the 2005 Cliff Keen/Las Vegas Invitational. The tournament runs Dec. 2-3 at the Cashman Center.