Seniors Provide Lift as Wrestling Downs Visiting Cal Poly, 26-18

Feb. 11, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University wrestling team closed out its home schedule Sunday afternoon inside Wells Fargo Arena with a 26-18 decision over visiting Cal Poly with all three Sun Devil seniors picking up individual wins to help the Sun Devils to victory. The Sun Devils improved to 7-11 overall on the year and 4-2 in the Pac-10 while the Mustangs slipped to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in the conference.

The dual opened at 165 with No. 15 Patrick Pitsch pinning Evan Barbre in 4:13 to stake the hosts to an early 6-0 lead. That lead grew to 10-0 after Rick Renzi scored a 16-8 major decision over Steve Gee. The first Sun Devil senior to compete on the day was Greg Gifford, who capped his ASU home career with a 10-2 major decision. From there, Jason Trulson won by forfeit at 197 to extend the Sun Devils' lead to 20-0.

After a fall at heavyweight made the dual score 20-6, senior John Espinoza took the mat and won a 4-1 decision over Joshua Obergon to push the advantage to 23-6. But, the Mustangs would win the 133 bout by fall and followed with two more wins by decision to cut the lead to 23-18 with one bout remaining.

In the final bout of the day, senior No. 5 Brian Stith scored a 4-1 decision victory to give the hosts the victory. The win moved Stith into the No. 14 position on the ASU all-time wins list with 108 while also pushing him up to No. 9 in career dual victories with 54.

ASU hits the road next weekend to close out its 2007 dual schedule with a 7 p.m. dual Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., with the Stanford Cardinal.

Cal Poly at Arizona State
- #15 Patrick Pitsch (AS) pinned Evan Barbre (CP), 4:13
174 - Rick Renzi (AS) major Steve Gee (CP), 16-8
184 - Greg Gifford (AS) major Yuri Kalika (CP), 10-2
197 - Jason Trulson (AS) won by forfeit
285 - #12 Cody Parker (CP) pinned Quinton Pruett (AS), 1:53
125 - John Espinoza (AS) decision Joshua Obergon (CP), 4-1
133 - #6 Darrell Vasquez (CP) pinned Jake Hannaford (AS), 1:20
141 - David Christian (CP) decision Robert Galvan (AS), 13-7
149 - Eric Maldonado (CP) decision Chris Remsen (AS), 11-6
157 - #5 Brian Stith (AS) decision Chase Pami (CP), 4-1
Arizona State (7-11) defeats Cal Poly (6-9), 26-18

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