Mar. 1, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz.-- The fifth-ranked ASU wrestling team is sitting in first place after the first three sessions at the Pac-10 Championships held in Fullerton, Calif. The Devils have a score of 118.5 and lead Oregon State by 14 points (104.5). The Devils are looking to repeat as Pac-10 champions in 1998.
Individually for the Devils, sophomore Michael Kawamura (118), senior Tracy Brown (142), redshirt freshman Steve Blackford (150), junior Casey Strand (167) and senior Aaron Simpson (177) all won their first round matches and will wrestle tonight in their respective championship matches. Strand and Simpson are looking to repeat as Pac-10 champs. Senior Matt Suter, defending Pac-10 champ at 158 pounds went 1-1 today to finish fifth, senior Shawn Ford (126) finished third, freshman Quinn Foster (134) also finished third and senior Joe Micela (Hwt) placed sixth. At 190 pounds, senior Jake Harman (190) lost both his matches and was eliminated from the tournament.
The Pac-10 Championships finish up tonight with the championship finals in each weight class. After the Pac-10 Championships the Sun Devils will next head to the NCAA Championships held in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 19-21. Last season the Devils qualified nine wrestlers, and finished 20th as a team.
Sessions I, II, III Results: #5 Arizona State 118: Michael Kawamura (ASU) maj. dec. Jaime Garza (Cal Poly SLO), 14-5 Kawamura (ASU) dec. Rudy Ruiz (Stanford), 12-5 126: Shawn Ford (ASU) maj. dec. Dave Perkins (Oregon), 14-6 Zach Zimmerer (Stanford) maj. dec. Ford (ASU), 13-4 134: Quinn Foster (ASU) pinned Mauricio Mora (Fullerton), F :46 Foster (ASU) dec. Jason Talbott (Stanford), 10-4 Mike Mendoza (Bakersfield) dec. Foster (ASU), 5-3 142: Tracy Brown (ASU) pinned Joshua Rydbeck (Fullerton), 3:20 Brown (ASU) maj. dec. Dusty Roberts (Oregon), 17-7 150: Steve Blackford (ASU) maj. dec. Nathan Vasquez (Bakersfield), 10-2 Blackford (ASU) maj. dec. Martin Cook (UC-Davis), 13-1 Blackford (ASU) dec. Larry Quisel (Boise State), 8-6 158: Matt Suter (ASU) dec. Doug Bardsley (Stanford), 6-2 Sean Morgan (Oregon) dec. Suter (ASU), 4-2 167: Casey Strand (ASU) dec. David Cobb (UC-Davis), 9-6 Strand (ASU) tech. fall Dax McMillan (Boise State), 20-4 177: Aaron Simpson (ASU) maj. dec. Scott Champman (Stanford), 12-3 190: Mike French (Cal Poly SLO) dec. Jake Harman (ASU), 2-1 Hwt: Joe Micela (ASU) dec. Matt LaGrass (Fullerton), 6-1 Micela (ASU) dec. Ryan Nistal (Boise State), 7-3 Stephen Neal (Bakersfield) tech. fall Micela (ASU), 20-5 Consolation Bracket 126: Shawn Ford (ASU) maj. dec. Larry Vasquez (Bakersfield), 15-5 Ford (ASU) dec. Joey Coughran (Fullerton), 6-3 -- 3rd Place 134: Quinn Foster (ASU) dec. Cedric Haymon (Cal Poly SLO), 7-3 Foster (ASU) dec. Mike Collier (UC-Davis), 10-8 -- 3rd Place 158: Isaac Wood (Oregon State) dec. Matt Suter (ASU), 9-6 Suter (ASU) dec. Doug Bardsley (Stanford), 7-3 -- 5th Place 190: Raphael Davis (Bakersfield) dec. Harmon (ASU), 6-4 Hwt: Gan McGee (Cal Poly SLO) dec. Joe Micela (ASU), 6-3 Jarold Jasso (UC-Davis) pinned Micela (ASU), 4:02 -- 6th Place Team Standings (After Semi-Finals) 1. ARIZONA STATE 118.5 2. Oregon State 104.5 3. Oregon 95.5 4. Cal State Bakersfield 83.0 5. Cal Poly SLO 71.0 6. Stanford 62.0 7. Cal State Fullerton 53.0 8. Boise State 48.5 9. UC-Davis 31.5