Arizona State Edges Cal Poly for Pac-10 Wrestling Title

Feb. 27, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The 2006 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships came to a close tonight in Maples Pavilion, with Arizona State edging Cal Poly, 118-115.5.

The Mustangs led the team standings by 1.5 points heading into the 197 pound match, but it was a head-to-head match up with Cal Poly's Matt Monteiro and Arizona State's Ryan Bader squaring off. Bader secured a three point decision to earn his third conference title and clinch the Sun Devil's second-straight Pac-10 team title. Arizona State is now tied with Oregon State, as both have won 16 Pac-10 team titles.

'This was hard earned,' noted Arizona State head coach Thom Ortiz at the end of the tournament. 'Cal Poly put on a great performance. They had 10 guys place and are sending seven to Nationals. We had to step it up in order to win, and thanks to [Ryan Bader] our 197-pounder, a three-time Pac-10 Champion and four-time NCAA qualifier for clinching it. Every point counted tonight.'

Bader, who led 1-0 on an escape heading into the third period, scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds to secure his win and his team's. '[Winning] felt good for myself as an individual, but it was even better to clinch it for the team,' noted Bader. 'They all do a great job and work hard.'

ASU finished the night with three Pac-10 champions, as Patrick Pitsch won the title at 165 pounds and Cain Velasquez ended the night with a title at heavyweight.

UC Davis, which had only one conference champion before the 2006 tournament, added another two Pac-10 Champions with Derek Moore winning the title at 141 pounds and Ken Cook taking the crown at 174 pounds.

Boise State also finished with two champions, as Ben Cherrington scored the lone pin of the finals with a fall over ASU's Brian Stith and Scott Jorgensen captured the 133-pound title and went on to be named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

Chad Mendes won the title at 125 pounds to give Cal Poly one title, while the Mustangs' Matt Monteiro was awarded for the most falls in the least amount of time with two in a total of 3:17.

Cal State Bakersfield and Oregon also claimed one champion, with the Roadrunner's Anthony Baza winning at 149 pounds and the Duck's Shane Webster snagging the 184-pound title.

The Pac-10 will send 39 qualifiers to the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 16-18. The top-three in each weight class, plus nine wildcards: Eric Stevenson (Oregon State), Omar Gaitan (UC Davis), Bobby Pfennigs (Oregon State), Morgan Atkinson (CSUF), Joey Bracamonte (Oregon), Nick Hernandez (Cal Poly), Tyler Bernacchi (UC Davis), Ryan Halsey (Cal Poly) and Dan Pitsch (Oregon State).

Team Standings
1. Arizona State (118.0)
2. Cal Poly (115.5)
3. Boise State (97.0)
3. Oregon State (93.0)
5. Cal State Bakersfield (85.0)
6. UC Davis (78.5)
7. Stanford (54.5)
8. Oregon (49.0)
9. Cal State Fullerton (41.5)
10. Portland State (1.0)

NCAA Qualifiers (Pac-10 Finish)
125 Pounds
Chad Mendes (1st) - Cal Poly
Tanner Gardner (2nd) - Stanford
Jeremy Mendoza (3rd) - Arizona State
Eric Stevenson (4th, Wildcard) - Oregon State

133 Pounds
Scott Jorgenson (1st) - Boise State
Tommy Vargas (2nd) - Cal State Bakersfield
Darrell Vasquez (3rd) - Cal Poly
Omar Gaitan (4th, Wildcard) - UC Davis
Bobby Pfennigs (5th, Wildcard) - Oregon State

141 Pounds
Derek Moore (1st) - UC Davis
Dave Roberts (2nd) - Cal Poly
Kyle Larson (3rd) - Oregon State

149 Pounds
Anthony Baza (1st) - Cal State Bakersfield
Tyler Sherfey (2nd) - Boise State
Jeff Owens (3rd) - Cal Poly
Morgan Atkinson (4th, Wildcard) - Cal State Fullerton

157 Pounds
Ben Cherrington (1st) - Boise State
Brian Stith (2nd) - Arizona State
Tony Hook (3rd) - Oregon State

165 Pounds
Patrick Pitsch (1st) - Arizona State
Brian Busby (2nd) - Cal State Bakersfield
Ray Blake (3rd) - Stanford
Joey Bracamonte (5th, Wildcard) - Oregon

174 Pounds
Ken Cook (1st) - UC Davis
Jeremy Larson (2nd) - Oregon State
Christian Arellano (3rd) - Cal State Bakersfield
Nick Hernandez (4th, Wildcard) - Cal Poly

184 Pounds
Shane Webster (1st) - Oregon
CB Dollaway (2nd) - Arizona State
Jesse Taylor (3rd) - Cal State Fullerton
Tyler Bernacchi (4th, Wildcard) - UC Davis
Ryan Halsey (5th, Wildcard) - Cal Poly

197 Pounds
Ryan Bader (1st) - Arizona State
Matt Monteiro (2nd) - Cal Poly
Casey Phelps (3rd) - Boise State
Dan Pitsch (4th, Wildcard) - Oregon State

Cain Velasquez (x) - Arizona State
Ty Watterson (x) - Oregon State
Andy Patrick (3rd) - Boise State

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