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Cooper, Meredith, and Robles post upset wins, but wrestling fells to OSU


February 12, 2011

In perhaps one of its stronger showings in recent weeks, the Arizona State University wrestling team saw two of its individuals upset their higher-ranked foe and two others nearly do the same as the visiting Sun Devils dropped a 33-11 decision to No. 21 Oregon State on Friday night in Corvallis, Ore. The loss dropped the Sun Devils to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Beavers improved to 10-5-2 on the year (3-2 Pac-10).

The dual opened at 141 pounds where the hosts would jump to an 18-0 team lead through three matches with a pair of pins and one win by forfeit. First, No. 13 Michael Mangrum pinned ASU’s Josh Sandoval in 2:11 of the 141 match before Carlos Castro was pinned in 1:44 of the 149 match. After the forfeit at 157, Te Edwards saw a late lead turn into a close 8-7 loss at 165 pounds as Jon Brascetta came out on top. With a win by forfeit at 174, the hosts were now ahead in the team standings, 27-0.

At 184 pounds, Jake Meredith put the Sun Devils on the board as the junior scored an early takedown and kept No. 19 Brice Arand down the rest of the period for a 2-0 lead. After not scoring in the second, Meredith added four more points in the final stanza for the 6-0 win and an upset of a Top 20 foe. Luke Macchiaroli tried to join Meredith in the winning ways, but came up short as a late takedown by No. 19 Chad Hanke gave the Beaver a 3-2 win.

At heavyweight, No. 15 Clayton Jack held a late lead against Levi Cooper, 3-2, before Cooper rushed in on Jack and took the OSU big man down to his back. From there, Cooper was awarded two near-fall points to bring the final to 6-3. For Cooper, it is his second upset of a Top 20 foe in three matches after he also defeated the No. 10 wrestler last Friday night in Nebraska.

ASU continued the winning ways at 125 as No. 1 Anthony Robles won his 20th match of the year by technical fall, this time scoring a 16-0 defeat of Christian Strahl in the first period. The win moved Robles to 27-0 on the year. The dual came to a close at 133 where Kalin Goodsite put up a strong fight, but in the end, fell to No. 17 Garrett Drucker, 11-7.

ASU’s final regular-season action of the season will take place on Sunday in Palo Alto, Calif., as the Sun Devils will take on Stanford at 2 p.m. PT.

#21 Oregon State def. Arizona State, 33-11
Friday, February 11, 2011 • Gil Coliseum (Corvallis, Ore.)
141 - #13 Michael Mangrum (OS) pinned Josh Sandoval, 2:11
149 - Scott Sakaguci (OS) pinned Carlos Castro, 1:44
157 - Alex Elder (OS) won by forfeit
165 - Jon Brascetta (OS) dec. Te Edwards, 8-7
174 - #5 Colby Covington (OS) won by forfeit
184 - Jake Meredith (AS) dec. #19 Brice Arand, 6-0
197 - #19 Chad Hanke (OS) dec. Luke Macchiaroli, 3-2
285 - Levi Cooper (AS) dec. #15 Clayton Jack, 6-3
125 - #1 Anthony Robles (AS) tech fall Christian Strahl, 16-0
133 - #17 Garrett Drucker (OS) dec. Kalin Goodsite, 11-7