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Wrestling pins Grand Canyon, Embry-Riddle

November 15, 2010

With five wins earning six team points and two other bonus point victories, the No. 16 Arizona State University wrestling team easily won its second road dual, 41-6, during its first visit to No. 10 (NAIA) Embry-Riddle on Saturday night in Prescott, Ariz. The Sun Devils (2-0), who earlier in the day downed host No. 7 (NCAA-D2) Grand Canyon in Phoenix, won 8-of-10 matches against the Eagles and led the entire dual.

Just as it happened earlier in the day, No. 3 Anthony Robles got the Sun Devils off to a fast start as he pinned John Garza (NAIA #11) in 1:25 of their 125-pound match, giving ASU a 6-0 lead and Robles his second pin of the day in under 1:50. The Sun Devils extended their lead with two more victories, including David Prado’s first win of the season in a 6-4 decision over Alfonso Valles at 133 pounds. That win was followed by Kalin Goodsite recording his second major decision victory of the day at 141 pounds, this time with a 22-9 score over Jeremy Mazon.

Leading 13-0, the tables turned as the Eagles took a pair of victories, including an upset at 157. First up, Josh Chang scored a 7-5 decision over Luke Ashmore to put the hosts on the board. Then, Tyler Chang, who is ranked No. 2 in NAIA, knocked off No. 3 Bubba Jenkins, 5-2.

Despite the losses, the Sun Devils took the momentum away quickly at No. 15 Te Edwards scored a 14-4 major decision at 165 over Matthew Hamilton before a string of four, six-team-point wins were rattled off by the Sun Devils. Combined, ASU’s next three wins took just over five minutes on the mat clocks as Eric Starks (174), Jake Meredith (184) and Luke Macchiaroli (197) all scored first-period wins by fall. Starks pinned Luke Riley in 2:40 before Meredith bettered that time with his pin of Brandon Martyn in 1:19. Macchiaroli bested both of them, as well as Robles, with his pin of Troy Killgore in 1:16. The dual ended with Levi Cooper winning by forfeit for the team’s final six points.

With the victory, the Sun Devils improved to 64-9-0 all-time against teams from the state of Arizona and extended its winning streak over Copper State schools to 44 in a row. Also, for the fourth time in six tries, the Sun Devils went 2-0 when competing in two road duals on the same day at different teams’ home site.

A busy week awaits the Sun Devils as they will host one dual, travel to a tournament and have two individuals compete in an all-star event. The week starts at 7 p.m. Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena as ASU plays host to No. 8 Oklahoma (fans are encouraged to wear gold). Then, on Saturday, the Sun Devils will compete in the CS Fullerton Open in Fullerton, Calif., before Robles and Jenkins travel to Fresno, Calif., the next day to compete in the 45th NWCA All-Star Classic.

#16 Arizona State def. #10 (NAIA) Embry-Riddle, 41-6
Saturday, November 13, 2010 • Activity Center Gym (Prescott, Ariz.)
125 - #3 Anthony Robles (AS) pinned #11 (NAIA) John Garza, 1:25
133 - David Prado (AS) dec. Alfonso Valles, 6-4
141 - Kalin Goodsite (AS) major Jeremy Mazon, 22-9
149 - Josh Chang (ER) dec. Luke Ashmore, 7-5
157 - #2 (NAIA) Tyler Chang (ER) dec. #3 Bubba Jenkins, 5-2
165 - #15 Te Edwards (AS) major Matthew Hamilton, 14-4
174 - Eric Starks (AS) pinned Luke Riley, 2:40
184 - Jake Meredith (AS) pinned Brandon Martyn, 1:19
197 - Luke Macchiaroli (AS) pinned Troy Killgore, 1:16
285 - Levi Cooper (AS) won by forfeit