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Wrestling hosts CS Bakersfield

January 19, 2011

Sun Devil Mat Notes & Statistics (pdf)

The Arizona State University wrestling team will play host to the CS Bakersfield Roadrunners on Friday night in a 7 p.m. Pac-10 dual in Tempe, the first of the final two home duals of the season for ASU. The Sun Devils (5-7, 1-0 Pac-10) will be looking to halt a three-dual losing streak, but will have to do so without the services of two of its starters as both Bubba Jenkins (157) and Eric Starks (174) will be out because of injury. The dual with the Roadrunners (2-3, 1-2 Pac-10) will be the first of two in a row at home, both of which are the final home duals of the season and in the careers of seniors Anthony Robles and Jenkins.

• ASU fell from the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, but is still receiving votes
• Robles (#2) and Jenkins (#4) remained in the national Top 5 this week
• ASU is 21-9-1 all-time against CS Bakersfield (8-5-1 in Tempe)
• ASU is 128-23-1 all-time vs. Pac-10 foes (82-23-1 vs. current Pac-10 teams)
• Cooper faces his former team with Bakersfield in town on Friday
• Robles was named the OW at the Lone Star Duals (4-0, 4 TF wins)
• Robles keeps moving up the win charts (15th all wins, 17th dual wins at ASU)
• Robles solid in home duals, especially in last two years
• ASU went 1-3 at Lone Star Duals over the weekend
• Big men stepping up, went 12-0 (combined) at Lone Star Duals
• Record Climb: Robles moves into 15th (career) and 17th (dual) on wins lists
• Technically speaking: Robles has won 15 tech falls this year (in 22 matches)

Just like with the previous three home this season, FS Arizona will be on hand inside Wells Fargo Arena to broadcast the dual with Scott Powell once again on the call this week. To watch the free web cast, visit and click on the banner at the top of the page. Live stats for the dual can also be viewed by visiting the wrestling schedule page and clicking on the Live Results link.

Following a 1-3 weekend at the Lone Star Duals, the Sun Devils have fallen from the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll after receiving votes last week. Cornell remained the top-ranked team while fellow Pac-10 team Boise State (#9), Oregon State (#13) and Cal Poly (#24) are the lone conference schools ranked.

Looking at the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, eight of Arizona State’s opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25. Overall, ASU’s schedule includes duals with No. 2 Oklahoma State (L, 40-4), No. 8 Oklahoma (L, 32-7), No. 12 Iowa State, No. 13 Oregon State, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Kent State (L, 30-7), No. 19 American (L, 27-18) and No. 24 Cal Poly.

According to Amateur Wrestling News, two Sun Devils remained ranked in the national Top 20 this week (January 18), including Anthony Robles, who is No. 2 at 125. The other ranked Sun Devil this week is Bubba Jenkins, who ranks fourth at 157 pounds. Several other Sun Devils are ranked in the Top 33 according to, including Eric Starks (No. 28 at 174), Luke Macchiaroli (No. 32 at 197) and Levi Cooper (No. 28 at heavyweight).

As the season winds down, so do the chances to see wrestlers compete at home. This Friday will be the first of two final duals for seniors Anthony Robles (125) and Bubba Jenkins (157) as they work toward closing out their collegiate careers as national champions. The final chance comes next Sunday (January 30) at 2 p.m. when No. 24 Cal Poly comes to Tempe on Senior Day. If you haven’t watched these two men compete live, make sure you don’t miss the chance!

Mike Mendoza’s Roadrunners come to Tempe this weekend with a 2-3 overall record and stand 1-2 in the Pac-10 after dropping a 24-10 dual to Oregon State last week. Their lone win in conference action came against CS Fullerton two weeks ago in a 35-3 decision, the same team Arizona State defeated 25-19 earlier this year. Several CSUB wrestlers have over 15 wins this year, including Riley Orozco at 197, who stands 19-7 and is ranked No. 17 this week. Another Roadrunner to watch out for is No. 20 Elijah Nacita at 141 pounds, who stands 17-6.

Arizona State leads the all-time series with CS Bakersfield, 21-9-1, and won the last meeting, 25-13 in Bakersfield last year, to snap a two-dual winning streak the Roadrunners had been on in the series. The Sun Devils hold an 8-5-1 advantage when the dual is held in Tempe despite losing the last meeting at ASU, 36-15, in 2009. Prior to that home loss, ASU had won four in a row with the last non-victory coming in an 18-18 tie in 1999.

Friday night marks a reunion for one Sun Devil as heavyweight Levi Cooper will face his former teammates. Cooper, a native of Hubbard, Ore., opened his collegiate career at Portland State two years ago. After the program was discontinued that following year, Cooper transferred to CS Bakersfield where he redshirted last year. Now, as the Sun Devil starter, Cooper will look to defeat his former teammate in David Morgan while trying to help ASU to a team victory.

Dating back to Arizona State joining the conference for the 1978-79 season, the Sun Devils have been one of 18 different schools that called the Pac-10 home with ASU and six others still competing (including Boise State, Cal Poly, CS Bakersfield, CS Fullerton, Oregon State and Stanford). Against current members of the Pac-10, ASU holds an 82-23-1 all-time record and stands 128-23-1 all-time when including all 17 teams that are/have been in the Pac-10.

In the 32 years the Sun Devils have competed in the Pac-10 Conference, they have won 16 championship crowns and 100 individual Pac-10 titles. When you include all 48 years the Pac-10 has sponsored a wrestling championship, the Sun Devils trail only Oregon State in both categories as the Beavers have won 17 team titles and 117 individual titles. Also since ASU joined the conference, the Sun Devils and Boise State are the only two schools to have won at least one individual title in each of the 10 current weight classes while ASU is the only school in Pac-10 history to win at least one title in each of the 19 weight classes that have been used since 1979.

The Sun Devils had a busy Saturday last weekend as they compete in four duals, going 1-3 overall after forfeiting two weight classes in each dual. On the day, the Sun Devils downed Northern Colorado, 22-18, before falling to Air Force (26-23), No. 19 American (27-18) and Central Oklahoma (23-22), the No. 9 team in NCAA Division II. Despite the setbacks in the team standings, five Sun Devils fared very well as Anthony Robles (125), Jake Meredith (184), Luke Macchiaroli (197) and Levi Cooper (285) all went 4-0 on the day while Te Edwards (165) went 3-1 with his lone loss coming to undefeated and top-ranked (at 157) Steve Fittery in the dual with American, 13-7.

While the Sun Devils were in Texas, several freshman that are redshirting this year competed at the Mile High Championships at Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Ariz., with four reaching the finals and two winning their respective weights, including Nathan Hoffer at 149 and Tommy Burriel at 197. Hoffer won the final with a 13-7 decision over Ryan Leonard (Great Falls) after knocking off Josh Chang (Embry-Riddle), the sixth-ranked wrestler in the NAIA. Burriel cruised to the title as he won a fall in 4:39, a 10-0 major decision and then the final with a 12-2 major decision. Dalton Miller (125) and Joel Smith (157) each took second while Carlos Castro (141) and Bobby Bowman (184) both took third and Kevin Radford (184) was fourth at their weight classes.

Anthony Robles earned a pair of honors over the weekend, one athletic and one academic. First, Robles used four technical fall victories to dominate his competition to be named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Lone Star Duals for the second year in a row. Then, on Monday, the ASU Office of Student-Athlete Development (OSAD) selected Robles as one of four Student-Athletes of the Fall Semester, taking into consideration his achievement in competition while also excelling in the classroom.

So far this year, Robles has won 22 matches with 20 producing bonus points for the team, including 15 wins by technical fall. Excluding his two wins by fall, Robles has outscored his opponents 288-10 in the other 20 matches, having not been scored on in 14 of those wins, and defeating his foes by an average of 13.9 points. Looking back at the previous three seasons, Robles’ margin of victory was 5.21 as a freshman, 7.96 as a sophomore and 8.12 as a junior, more than five points less than this season. And, his 15 wins by technical fall this year are fewer than three of his teammates’ overall wins (18, 16, 16).

With his title in Reno, Robles not only remained undefeated on the season, but he also collected the 100th victory of his stellar career, moving to 100-23 all-time at Arizona State. Following the Lone Star Duals, Robles is now 108-23 all-time and ranks 15th in career wins while his 47-6 record in dual matches gives him the 17th-most wins in a career.

If Robles wins all six of his remaining duals this year, he will finish his career with a 53-6 dual record and will enter the Pac-10 Championships with 114 career victories. If that is the case, Robles would finish his career tied for 10th in dual victories with Aaron Simpson (1995-98) while standing in a tie for 12th on the overall wins list with current Assistant Coach Brian Stith (2003-07).

In his career, Robles has wrestled on his home mat 18 times, posting a solid 16-4 record while going an unblemished 8-0 against Pac-10 foes. A winner of his last eight in row at home, Robles’ last loss came during his sophomore year when No. 11 Joey Fio of Oklahoma pinned him in 4:08 (January 19, 2009). In fact, all four of Robles’ losses have come to nationally ranked foes, which he holds a 6-4 record against in Tempe. In his junior and senior seasons, Robles is 7-0 with one win by major decision, three by technical fall, one by fall and one by forefit. The the remaining win was a 12-10 decision over No. 5 Andrew Long of Iowa State, who led Robles, 10-3, heading to the third period before Robles chose top and eventually turned Long three times and did not let him escape to secure a 12-10 win.

Heading into last weekend, Luke Macchiaroli held a 6-4 overall record and stood 4-3 in duals. But, in Texas, the redshirt freshman put together a very strong showing by going 4-0, including a 3-2 defeat of American’s Danny Mitchell, who is or has been ranked in the national Top 20 according to multiple ranking services. Over the last two weeks, Macchiaroli has posted a 6-1 record in duals with his lone loss coming in a 10-3 decision to No. 5 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State at the Virginia Duals.

The last two weekends have been quite the opposites for Jake Meredith as the junior has gone 4-3 at 184 pounds. After going 0-3 at the Virginia Duals, including two close decision losses, Meredith turned it around at the Lone Star Duals as he blasted all four of his foes for a 4-0 record. The closest match Meredith had was a 10-3 decision. He also posted two falls (4:05 and 1:03) while also scoring a 16-5 major decision as well.

Since the start of the Reno Tournament of Champions, which he won, heavyweight Levi Cooper has won 11-of-13 matches with his two losses coming to nationally-ranked foes. In those 11 wins, Cooper has been an uncharacteristic heavyweight as only two of those matches were the low-scoring, one-point decisions the big men usually produce. Taking out his 3-2 decision win, Cooper has won by an average of 7.14 points (in seven matches) while adding two pins (2:49 and 6:57) and one win by forfeit. During that stretch, four of those wins, including two last weekend in Texas, were major decisions.

Although the results won’t count toward their season and career records, both Anthony Robles and Bubba Jenkins dominated at the 45th NWCA All-Star Classic in Fresno, Calif., as the Sun Devil posted the only two wins by something other than a decision. First up was No. 3 Robles, who scored a 20-2 technical fall over No. 4 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) at 125 pounds. Then, Jenkins took to the mat at 157 pounds as the No. 6 Sun Devil upset No. 1 Adam Hall (Boise State) with a 12-4 major decision. Only three other matches contested saw a wrestler win by four or more points at the annual exhibition event.

With the two wins on the opening day of the season, the Sun Devils improved to 64-9-0 all-time against teams from the state of Arizona and extended their winning streak to 44 in a row in the process. The last time Arizona State lost to a fellow Copper State school came on Feb. 13, 1973, when visiting Arizona won, 18-17. The Sun Devils also improved to 28-6-0 all-time in road duals inside the state after winning their 19th and 20th in a row.

The final home dual of the 2010-11 season will take place next Sunday at 2 p.m. with No. 24 Cal Poly coming to town for a Pac-10 dual. Sunday also will be Senior Day for Robles and Jenkins with both being honored before the start of the dual.