Nov. 11, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Arizona State University wrestling team wrapped up its opening weekend of competition on Sunday, downing The Citadel by a final score of 42-6 in Charleston, S.C.
The Sun Devils improved to 3-1 after an extensive opening weekend that saw the team square off against four teams in three days. ASU defeated North Carolina on Friday night before splitting contests against Bloomsburg and Campbell on Saturday.
Sunday’s competition was over about as soon as it started as the Sun Devils posted six bonus point victories in their first eight matches of the contest in its second consecutive dominant performance after routing Campbell 43-0 last night.
Codey Combs got things underway with a 17-0 technical fall over Matthew Frisch at the 5:22 mark to put ASU up 5-0 right out of the gates at 157 pounds.
Jake Meredith continued his exceptional return to the mat after missing 2011-12 to injury as he improved to 4-0 over the weekend with a 14-4 major decision over Nicholas Grossi at 197 pounds.
Levi Cooper rebounded from his upset loss against Bloomsburg yesterday as he took a decision over No. 11 Andrew Delaney at the heavyweight match, 6-2.
Freshman Ares Carpio made his Sun Devil debut with a pin in 2:46 over Aaron Hansen to put ASU up 39-0 through eight matches.
The Sun Devils’ lone loss of the day came at 141 pounds as No. 16 Undrakhbayar “Ugi” Khishignyam pinned Matt Kraus in 5:44. That set up a Nathan Hoffer decision over Jordan Dix in the final match of the day, 8-3, as he also remained undefeated on the weeked at 4-0.
The Sun Devils will have another busy weekend next week as the team will take part in three duals on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. ASU will take on Grand Canyon, Embry-Riddle and opening the Pac-12 season against CSU Bakersfield over the course of the day.
The Citadel (0-1) vs. Arizona State (3-1)
Score: 42-6, Sun Devils
125: Ares Carpio (ASU) won by pin over Steven Cox (The Citadel) at 1:50.
133: Shane McGough (ASU) won by pin over Aaron Henson (The Citadel) at 2:46.
141: Ugi Khishignyam (The Citadel) won by pin over Matthew Kraus (ASU) at 5:44.
149: Nathan Hoffer (ASU) won by decision over Jordan Dix (The Citadel) 8-3.
157: Codey Combs (ASU) won by tech fall over Matthew Frisch (The Citadel) 5:22, 17-0.
165: Parker Madl (ASU) won by decision over Michael Harper (The Citadel) 6-1.
174: Blake Stauffer (ASU) won by pin over John Duane (The Citadel) at 6:27.
184: Kevin Radford (ASU) won by pin over Kendall Hemmings (The Citadel) at 2:09.
197: Jake Meredith (ASU) won by major decision over Nicholas Grossi (The Citadel) 14-4.
285: #9 Levi Cooper (ASU) won by decision over #13 Andrew Delaney (The Citadel) 6-2.