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Public invited to ASU wrestling inter-squad matches

October 01, 2009

Starting this Saturday (October 3), the Arizona State University wrestling team will be holding inter-squad matches beginning at 10 a.m. inside the Riches Wrestling Complex on campus. The matches, which are open to the public, are being used to help the Sun Devils prepare for the upcoming season that begins on November 13 at Pac-10 foe UC Davis.

Each week, all members of the team will compete in three or four matches and some very interesting match-ups are sure to emerge with this weekend's top pairing falling into that category. Many of the starters from last year will be taking on challengers that they will face later in the month at the Maroon and Gold Dual (October 30), which will serve as the team's wrestle-off for this year’s starting positions.

Perhaps the biggest match of the weekend will come at the lightest weight where returning All-American Anthony Robles (national semi-finalist and fourth-place finisher in 2009) will take on Ben Ashmore, who defeated Robles at the Midlands Championships last December, 3-2.

Two other matches will pair up last year’s opening day starter against the end of the season starter. The first will come at 157 pounds where Michael Swigart will take on Te Edwards while the second match will come at heavyweight where Erik Nye will face Imanibom Etukeren.

Other top matches scheduled for this Saturday will include:
David Prado vs. Travis Forster
Vicente Varela vs. Orlando Jimenez
Eric Starks vs. Kyle DeBerry
Eric Starks vs. Jake Meredith
Jake Cranford vs. Michael Hawkins

Check back on each week in October to find out what top matches will be scheduled for that Saturday morning.