#20 Wrestling Wins 9-of-10 Matches to Down Host CS Fullerton, 37-4

Nov. 15, 2009

TEMPE - The No. 20 Arizona State University wrestling team concluded its first weekend of action on the road Sunday as the Sun Devils won 9-of-10 matches to easily defeat host CS Fullerton, 37-4, at a dual held inside Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif. The Sun Devils, who defeated UC Davis, 38-6, on Friday, improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Titans slipped to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Of the nine matches won by the Sun Devils, five produced bonus points, giving ASU bonus point in 11 of its 17 wins on the weekend. Overall, eight individuals exited the weekend with perfect 2-0 records including four Sun Devils that won both of their matches by major decision or better. Those individuals included Anthony Robles at 125 (two technical falls), Ben Ashmore at 133 (forfeit and pin), Vicente Varela at 149 (pin and major) and Eric Starks at 174 (two major decisions).

The dual with the Titans opened at 165 pounds and Kyle DeBerry put the Sun Devils ahead for good as he built a 6-2 lead midway through the second period before pinning Blake Ginbsburg in 4:18 to give the visitors a quick 6-0 lead. At 174, Starks took a 6-1 lead through two periods and finished with an 11-1 major decision over Todd Noel to push the advantage to 10-0. Jake Meredith extended the lead to 13-0 after his 8-3 decision over Mark Savalle at 184 pounds.

The hosts picked up their only win of the afternoon at 197 pounds with Dylan Klink scoring an 11-1 major decision over Michael Hawkins, cutting the lead to 13-4. Heavyweight Erik Nye got the Sun Devils back on track, however, as he took a 2-0 lead through the first period and fought off a takedown at the end of the match for the 3-2 win.

Leading 16-4, the Sun Devils added 11 more over the next two matches as No. 3 Robles recorded a 22-5 technical fall over Andre Gonzalez before Ashmore stuck Eddie Garcia at 6:15 of the 133 match after leading 10-2 through the first two periods. With a 27-4 lead, the Sun Devils added three more hard-earned points at 141 as No. 5 Chris Drouin needed a late takedown to come back from an early 2-1 deficit for a 7-5 win over Adin Duenas. Varela added his second bonus point win of the weekend one match later as he took the 149 contest with a 17-4 major decision over Mario DeCaro before Te Edwards closed out the team victory with a 14-8 decision over Nick Jordan.

ASU remains on the road next weekend with a pair of clashes with nationally ranked Big 12 teams as the Sun Devils meet No. 5 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. CT in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday night before facing No. 16 Oklahoma on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT in Norman, Okla.

#20 Arizona State def. CS Fullerton, 37-4
at Fullerton, Calif.
165 - Kyle DeBerry (AS) pinned Blake Ginsburg, 4:18
174 - Eric Starks (AS) major Todd Noel, 11-1
184 - Jake Meredith (AS) dec. Mark Savalle, 8-3
197 - Dylan Klink (CF) major Michael Hawkins, 11-1
285 - Erik Nye (AS) dec. Kurt Klimek, 3-2
125 - #3 Anthony Robles (AS) tech fall Andre Gonzalez, 22-5 (6:18)
133 - Ben Ashmore (AS) pinned Eddie Garcia, 6:15
141 - #5 Chris Drouin (AS) dec. Adin Duenas, 7-5
149 - Vicente Varela (AS) major Mario DeCaro, 17-4
157 - Te Edwards (AS) dec. Nick Jordan, 14-8

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