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Wrestling falls to visiting CS Bakersfield

January 24, 2011


Friday night’s Pac-10 Conference dual between Arizona State University and visiting CS Bakersfield kept the crowd of 887 on hand entertained as several close matches were contested, but in the end, the Sun Devils dropped their fourth dual in a row, this time in a 27-17 setback to the Roadrunners. The loss drops the Sun Devils to 5-8 (1-1 Pac-10) while CSUB improved to 3-3 (2-2 Pac-10).

The crowd erupted in cheers for the first of many times right off opening whistle as No. 2 Anthony Robles was first up, taking on Tyler Iwamura at 125 pounds. After both men jockeyed for position, Robles was able to finish a shot and took down Iwamura before turning him three times to take a 11-0 lead. The period ended with Robles on top, 11-2, as his final attempt to roll through for another turn slipped and allowed Iwamura to score the reverse. Robles chose top to open the second and score three on a near-fall count (14-2) before Iwamura escaped and Robles took him back down (16-3). In the third, Iwamura chose top with Robles escaping and the scoring the clinching points on a takedown with six seconds remaining to win a 19-3 technical fall, the 16th of the season for Robles (23-0).

The ASU lead of 5-0 didn’t last too long as the visitors won four in a row to build a 18-5. Kalin Goodsite, who dropped down to 133 for the first time this year, put up a strong showing against Frank Lomas, but a late takedown and two near-fall points was the deciding factor in a 8-4 decision for Lomas. At 141, Carlos Castro made his dual debut, falling in a pin at 3:56 to No. 20 Elijah Nacita. Tai Fukumoto kept the score close in his match at 149 with John Cardenas, but was unable to find his offense and dropped a 10-3 decision before CSUB won by forfeit at 157 due to an injury to Bubba Jenkins.

Following an intermission, the crowd was quickly brought back to life at 165 pounds as Te Edwards won by fall in 1:43 over Trevor Hall (18-11 team score). Both men were pushing the pace near the edge of the mat when Hall looked to have secured a leg and was looking to finish the takedown. But, in a scramble, Edwards maintained his composure and worked Hall to his back for a takedown and eventually stacked up the Roadrunner to earn the pin and six team points. Despite the win, ASU was forced to give back those six point at 174 as Eric Starks was also sidelined tonight with an injury, giving Joey Granata a win by forfeit (24-11).

The Sun Devils continued to build momentum despite the forfeit with Jake Meredith scoring a 9-4 win at 184. Meredith scored on a takedown just 21 seconds into the match before Troy Goodban escaped. Meredith added a takedown near the end of the period for a 4-1 lead through one. In the second, Goodban chose bottom and escaped to make it 4-2 with one stanza remaining. In the final period, Meredith escaped bottom to open the period and was taken down (5-4), but then escaped and answered with his own takedown with under one minute remaining. His riding time point made for the final margin of victory.

At 197, Luke Macchiaroli was locked in a close match through one period with No. 17 Riley Orozco, with neither man scoring in the first. The second, however, saw Orozco take a 7-1 lead that eventually turned into a 10-3 decision win for the Roadrunner senior. In the final match of the night, two former teammates met as Levi Cooper, who transferred into ASU from CSUB this summer, scored a 3-1 win over David Morgan, the man he trained with last season. Cooper decided the match with nine seconds remaining in the first period as he scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead. Both men chose bottom to open the next two periods and each escaped -- Morgan in the second, Cooper in the third -- for the final scoring of the match.

The Sun Devils play host to No. 24 Cal Poly at 2 p.m. next Sunday (January 30) inside Wells Fargo Arena, their final home competition of the season. The dual also will be Senior Day for Robles and Jenkins.

CS Bakersfield def. Arizona State, 27-17
Friday, January 21, 2011 • Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe)

125 - #2 Anthony Robles (AS) tech fall Tyler Iwamura, 19-3 (6:54)
133 - Frank Lomas (CB) dec. Kalin Goodsite, 8-4
141 - #20 Elijah Nacita (CB) pinned Carlos Castro, 3:56
149 - John Cardenas (CB) dec. Tai Fukumoto, 10-3
157 - Andrew Balch (CB) won by forfeit
165 - Te Edwards (AS) pinned Trevor Hall, 1:43
174 - Joey Granata (CB) won by forfeit
184 - Jake Meredith (AS) dec. Troy Goodban, 9-4
197 - #17 Riley Orozco (CB) dec. Luke Macchiaroli, 10-3
285 - Levi Cooper (AS) dec. David Morgan, 3-1
Attendance: 887 • Offical: Art Lomelli