December 20, 2010

Robles, Cooper claim crowns to lead wrestling at Reno TOC

Posted: December 20, 2010

Arizona State University wrestling team placed fourth overall at the 2010 Reno Tournament of Champions.

Final Results - Brackets and Team Scores (pdf)

Behind individual titles from Anthony Robles and Levi Cooper, the No. 24 Arizona State University wrestling team placed fourth overall at the 2010 Reno Tournament of Champions where four total Sun Devils placed among the Top 6 in the one-day event held in Reno, Nev. Joining the victorious duo on the podium were Eric Starks, who placed third at the 174, and Bubba Jenkins, who finished sixth at 157.

In the team standings, the Sun Devils tallied 83.0 points to finish fourth overall, giving ASU its 10th Top 10 finish all-time in the event (12 appearances) and its seventh Top 4 finish in the one-day event. Wyoming claimed the team crown with 106.0 points and was followed in the Top 5 by No. 6 Boise State (104.5), CS Bakersfield (98.5), ASU and Ohio (82.5).

For the second time this month, Robles rolled his way to a tournament title, winning five times on the day with four tech falls and one decision. After tech fall scores of 15-0 in the first round and 16-1 in the second round, Robles downed Rob Jillard of Liberty, 7-0, in the quarterfinals. After scoring a 15-0 tech fall over fifth-seeded Tyler Cox of Wyoming in the semifinal, Robles won his second Reno title in three years, this time with an 18-2 technical fall over third-seeded Trent Sprekle of North Dakota State. With the win in the final, Robles not only improves to 14-0 on the year, but also recorded the 100th victory of his career with the Sun Devils. At 100-23, Robles is the 23rd different Sun Devil to reach 100 wins in a career.

After battling tough in Las Vegas two weeks earlier and falling just short of placing, Cooper fought for a place in the Top 6 this time out and did so by reaching his second final of the year (took second at the Embry-Riddle Open). Cooper opened with a pin in 2:49 before winning his first of two consecutive matches against Pac-10 foes, a 9-4 decision over sixth-seeded Atticus Disney of Cal Poly. In the quarterfinal, Cooper scored a 7-2 decision over Boise State’s JT Felix, the third-seeded heavyweight, to reach the semifinal where he downed the second-seeded and top-ranked (NJCAA) Tyrel Fortune of Clackamas CC, 9-4. In the final, Cooper defeated his fourth-consecutive seeded opponent, this time with a 3-2 decision over fourth-seeded Jeremy Johnson of Ohio. Cooper was the only unseeded wrestler to reach the final of a weight class and also the the only champion that was not seeded No. 1 (seven champions) or No. 2 (two champions) in the tournament.

While Robles continued to dominate and Cooper captured his first title, Starks’ run was equally, if not more impressive as the junior ran off seven wins in a row to take third overall at 174. In the opening round, Starks was pinned in 4:06 by Andre Petrosky of North Carolina, relegating the Sun Devil to the consolation rounds. There, Starks won a 10-3 decision, a fall in 1:04, a 10-4 decision and a 10-7 decision to reach the consolation quarterfinals and assuring him a place in the Top 6. After receiving a win by medical forfeit, Starks won a 9-0 major decision over fifth-seeded Tarrence Williams of Clackamas CC to reach the medal match. In the third-place battle, Starks knocked off another seeded foe, this time downing second-seeded Nick Purdue of Ohio, 6-1, to finish third.

Jenkins, the second-seeded wrestler at 157, opened his tournament with three wins by decision in a row, including a 5-3 defeat of Steven Monk of North Dakota State in the quarterfinals. Reaching the semifinal for the second tournament this month, Jenkins was unable to continue because of an injury and medically defaulted out of the tournament. Because of his place in the brackets at the time of his injury, Jenkins still placed in the Top 6, finishing sixth overall to collect several more points toward the team’s total.

The remaining Sun Devils that competed in the tournament included David Prado and Carlos Castro at 133; Kalin Goodsite at 141; Tai Fukumoto at 149; Te Edwards at 165; Jake Meredith at 184; Luke Macchiaroli at 197; and Michael Hawkins at heavyweight.

The Sun Devils will now have two weeks off from competition before returning to the Silver State on December 19 for the 2010 Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.

2010 Reno Tournament of Champions
Sunday, December 19, 2010 • Downtown Convention Center (Reno, Nev.)

(#/#) indicates tournament seed/national ranking
125 - #1/#3 Anthony Robles (5-0, 2010 Champion)
Round of 32 - Robles tech fall Coby Homer (SW Oregon CC), 15-0 (4:39)
Round of 16 - Robles tech fall Patrick Rollins (Oregon State), 16-1 (2:23)
Quarterfinal - Robles dec. Rob Jillard (Liberty), 7-0
Semifinal - Robles tech fall #5/nr Tyler Cox (Wyoming), 15-0 (3:11)
Final - Robles tech fall #3/nr Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota State), 18-2 (3:23)

133 - David Prado (1-2, DNP)
Round of 32 - Justin Paulsen (Stanford) pinned Prado, 2:10
Conso Second - Prado pinned Justin Solberg (North Dakota State), 0:31
Conso Third - #2/#15 Jose Mendoza (CS Bakersfield) major Prado, 14-4

133 - Carlos Castro (0-2, DNP)
Round of 32 - Gavin Moore (Ohio) tech fall Castro, 17-0 (5:58)
Conso First - Matt Sencebaugh (Stanford) major Castro, 12-2

141 - Kalin Goodsite (2-2, DNP)
Round of 32 - Conrad Snell (Wyoming) dec. Goodsite, 2-0
Conso Second - Goodsite dec. Hunter Muskrat (Oklahoma City), 8-6
Conso Third - Goodsite def. #4/NAIA #2 Myles Mazurkiewicz (Great Falls), medical forfeit
Conso Fourth - Elijah Nacita (CS Bakersfield) pinned Goodsite, 0:24

149 - Tai Fukumoto (0-1, DNP)
Round of 32 - #5/nr Scott Clymer (Liberty) tech fall Fukumoto, 16-0 (2:00)
Conso Second - Eric Filipowics (Navy) def. Fukumoto, medical forfeit

157 - #2/#3 Bubba Jenkins (3-0, 6th Place)
Round of 32 - Jenkins dec. Rodney Dollar (Northern Colorado), 9-3
Round of 16 - Jenkins dec. Josh Condon (Chattanooga), 3-2
Quarterfinal - Jenkins dec. Steven Monk (North Dakota State), 5-3
Semifinal - #3/#5 Bryce Saddoris (Navy) def. Jenkins, medical forfeit
Conso Semi - RJ Pena (Oregon State) def. Jenkins, medical forfeit
Fifth Place - #5/nr Barrett Abel (Cal Poly) def. Jenkins, medical forfeit

165 - Te Edwards (2-2, DNP)
Round of 32 - Edwards pinned Nicholas Durnolt (Southern Oregon), 3:31
Round of 16 - Edwards dec. Michael Cutherbertson (Boise State), 8-5
Quarterfinal - #2/#9 Ryan DesRoches (Cal Poly) dec. Edwards, 8-6
Conso Fifth - Chad Porter (Liberty) pinned Edwards, 1:41

174 - Eric Starks (7-1, Third Place)
Round of 32 - Andre Petrosky (North Carolina) pinned Starks, 4:06
Conso Second - Starks dec. Dallas Hintz (Wyoming), 10-3
Conso Third - Starks pinned Levi Clemons (Chattanooga), 1:04
Conso Fourth - Starks dec. Zach White (Oklahoma State), 10-4
Conso Fifth - Starks dec. #6/NAIA #5 Austin Vanderford (Southern Oregon), 10-7
Conso Quarter - Starks def. Thomas Ferguson (North Carolina), medical forfeit
Conso Semi - Starks major #5/nr Tarrence Williams (Clackamas CC), 9-0
Third Place - Starks dec. #2/nr Nick Purdue (Ohio), 6-1

184 - Jake Meredith (2-2, DNP)
Round of 32 - #1/#2 Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) pinned Meredith, 2:30
Conso Second - Meredith pinned Troy Kilgore (Embry-Riddle), 1:26
Conso Third - Meredith major #6/NCAA-2 #3 Aaron Norgren (Minnesota State-Mankato), 12-3
Conso Fourth - #3/#20 Austin Trotman (Appalachian State) dec. Meredith, 3-1

197 - Luke Macchiaroli (2-1, DNP)
Round of 32 - Macchiaroli dec. Nick Bayer (Northern Colorado), 6-2
Round of 16 - Macchiaroli dec. Tyler Peter (Buffalo), 5-2
Quarterfinal - #1/#14 Erik Schuth (Ohio) dec. Macchiaroli, 5-2
Conso Fifth - Cameron Gallaher (West Virginia) def. Macchiaroli, medical forfeit

285 - Levi Cooper (5-0, 2010 Champion)
Round of 32 - Cooper pinned ns/NJCAA #9Justin Williams (SW Oregon CC), 2:49
Round of 16 - Cooper dec. #6/nr Atticus Disney (Cal Poly), 9-4
Quarterfinal - Cooper dec. #3/nr JT Felix (Boise State), 7-2
Semifinal - Cooper dec. #2/NJCAA #1 Tyrel Fortune (Clackamas CC), 9-4
Final - Cooper dec. #4/nr Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), 3-2

285 - Michael Hawkins (1-2, DNP)
Round of 16 - Hawkins dec. Joe Ofarrell (Wyoming), 6-1
Quarterfinal - #1/#20 Dave Morgan (CS Bakersfield) dec. Hawkins, 3-1
Conso Fifth - Brett Correll (Buffalo) dec. Hawkins, 3-2

Final Team Scoring (Top 5)
1. Wyoming (106.0)
2. #6 Boise State (104.5)
3. CS Bakersfield (98.5)
4. #24 Arizona State (83.0)
5. Ohio (82.5)