Jan. 6, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Arizona State University wrestling team opened the Stanford Duals on Sunday with a rout over the Stanford Cardinal, 30-7, for the second win in conference competition this season.
The Sun Devils (6-2, 2-0 Pac-12) jumped out to a 16-0 lead through the first four matches following victories by Matt Kraus, Nathan Hoffer and Joel Smith at the 133-165 weight classes and it was smooth sailing from there.
The early victories at the lower weights paved the way for the Sun Devil big guys to do what they have done best this season: win.
ASU’s four ranked wrestlers at 174, 184, 197 and HWT all posted victories on Sunday, outscoring the Cardinal 33-6 in their four matches.
No. 14 Blake Stauffer got things going with a 10-1 major decision over Dylan Morris at 174 pounds, setting up a 17-4 rout by No. 15 Kevin Radford over Ryan Davies in the 184 weight class.
No. 8 Jake Meredith had to grind one out against Michael Sojka, winning 2-1, but the one point came courtesy of a stalling call in a match where Sojka just couldn’t find a way to take the senior down.
Levi Cooper downed Dan Scherer in the heavyweight matchup to seal the deal of the Sun Devils with a 4-0 victory.
ASU still has remaining matches against Rutgers and No. 23 Penn before the day is over. Updates will be provided upon completion of those events.