No. 19 Wrestling Splits with UC Davis, No. 7 Iowa State

Jan. 8, 2006


TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 19 Arizona State University wrestling team returned to dual competition on its home mats Sunday as both No. 7 Iowa State and UC Davis invaded Wells Fargo Arena for the 2006 Sun Devil Duals. Each team competed in a pair of duals with the Sun Devils (4-4, 2-0 Pac-10) defeating UC Davis, 25-18, before dropping a 26-23 decision to ISU. The Cyclones (7-2) defeated the Aggies (2-3, 1-1 Pac-10), 28-12, in the first dual of the day.

In ASU's first dual of the day, No. 6 Jeremy Mendoza (Sr., Temecula, Calif.) got the Sun Devils off to a fast start as he pinned Marcos Orozco in 1:23 for the early 6-0 lead. The Aggies responded with three wins in a row as Omar Gaitan scored a 14-11 decision over Adam Hickey (So., Mayfield, Ohio), No. 6 Derek Moore won by forfeit and Jeff Bristol pinned Mark LeBeau (Jr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) at 4:04 to put the visitors on top, 15-6.

No. 7 Brian Stith (Jr., Hampton, Va.) halted the UCD charge with his 16-7 major decision win over Dustin Noack at 157 pounds to cut the lead to 15-10 before No. 10 Patrick Pitsch (So., Spanaway, Wash.) secured three more team points with his 4-1 decision victory at 165. But the Aggies struck back as No. 14 Ken Cook scored a 6-1 decision over Alex Pavlenko (Fr., Mesa, Ariz.) to push the advantage to 18-13.

Needing wins, that is exactly what the final three Sun Devils secured as C.B. Dollaway (Sr., Mt. Gilead, Ohio), in his first home dual action of the season, picked up an 8-2 decision over Tyler Bernacchi to bring ASU to within two points at 18-16. No. 13 Ryan Bader (Sr., Reno, Nev.) following that with a dominating 15-1 major decision over Elliot Kelly at 197 to retake the lead before heavyweight No. 4 Cain Velasquez (Sr., Yuma, Ariz.) closed out the win with a 19-4 technical fall at 5:40 for the final 25-18 score.

For the fourth dual this season, the Sun Devils then took on another Top 10 team, this time taking on the No. 7 Cyclones. Mendoza got the Sun Devils off to an early 3-0 lead as he battled his way to a 1-0 decision and a 20-1 record on the season so far. But, just as the Aggies did, the Cyclones won the next three bouts to stake themselves to a 17-3 lead. Jesse Sundell pinned Hickey at 3:44 before No. 2 Nate Gallick won by forfeit at 141. At 149, Aron Scott picked up a 21-6 technical fall over LeBeau at 5:48 to put the Sun Devils in a large hole.

Looking to rebound, Stith dominated his way to a 12-1 major decision over Jason Knipp at 157 to bring in four more team points for ASU and a 17-7 team score. The marquee matchup of the dual lived up to its billing as No. 10 Pitsch fell to No. 8 Travis Paulson, 3-1, as the Cyclone junior picked up the winning take down with 18 seconds remaining in the bout.

Leading 20-7, the Cyclones looked to add to their lead and did so as David Bertolino scored a defensive pin on Pavlenko at 3:53. Pavlenko looked to have control of Bertolino as both rolled onto their backs before Bertolino grabbed Pavlenko's head and recorded the defensive pin and an insurmountable 26-7 lead.

Just as the tables were turned on Pavlenko at 174, Dollaway did the turning in his bout as No. 6 Kurt Backes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Dollaway escaped, making it 2-1. Then, as both men looked to shoot in for points, Dollaway lunged and caught Backes off-balance, taking the highly-ranked foe to his back and sticking the pin at 1:06. With the bench energized, Bader took the mat and picked up a 17-8 major decision for a 26-17 score. With the win in hand, ISU forfeited to Velasquez as heavyweight for the 26-23 final.

The Sun Devils will now travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, next weekend for the 2006 NWCA National Duals to be held inside the UNI Dome on the campus of Northern Iowa Saturday and Sunday. ASU will await word on their seeding and first round opponent in the tournament which will be based on its national ranking that will be released Tuesday.

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