Former Wrestler Larkin Takes Second, Fluckiger Third at Dave Schultz
Feb. 7, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Two former competitors for the Arizona State University wrestling team competed at the 8th Annual Dave Schultz Memorial International held Feb. 3-4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and walked away with solid results in the competitive event. Former NCAA champion and current assistant coach Eric Larkin finished second at 66kg while former All-American Kellan Fluckiger placed fourth at 120kg.
Larkin, who entered the tournament ranked No. 5 in the American freestyle rankings, opened the tournament with a defeat of Korea's Su-Yong Lee (6-0, 2-2). He followed that with a defeat of No. 9 JaMar Billman (0-4, 1-0, 2-1) to advance to the quarterfinals. In a tough bout with No. 3 Jared Frayer, Larkin prevailed, winning the first period 2-1 before taking the second, 1-1.
In the semifinals, Larkin faced another international foe, this time rebounding from a first period loss to defeat Japan's Sato Tsukasa (0-1, 4-3, 6-0). In the finals, Larkin took on No. 1 Chris Bono and, after dropping the first period, 3-0, rebounded with a 6-5 win in the second. Bono proved to be too strong as the Team USA member scored a 4-0 victory in the third to take the bout and the title.
Fluckiger posted a 2-2 mark in the event and opened with a victory in the first round as he pinned Canada's Justin Beauparlant in 50 seconds. The semifinals brought about a very tough bout as he met Tolly Thompson, the top-ranked American and third-ranked heavyweight in the world. In what would Thompson's toughest bout of the weekend, Fluckiger pushed his foe to the limits before falling, 1-0, 1-0.
In the consolation draw, Fluckiger drew Brian Keck in the semifinals and won because of a Keck injury. Fluckiger, the fifth-ranked American heavyweight, then faced No. 4 Pat Cummins for third place, but fell (5-0, 1-1, 2-1) to finish fourth in the event.
The current edition of the Sun Devils will compete in their final two duals of the season this weekend when they play host to Fresno State at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale before closing out the weekend with a 2 p.m. Sunday contest against Pac-10 foe Stanford at Wells Fargo Arena.
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