There wasn’t much cause for concern for Sun Devil fans Saturday as the ASU wrestling team (5-5, 3-1 Pac-10) pummeled Cal Poly (3-10, 0-5 Pac-10) 36-10 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Despite dropping the first bout of the night, it seemed the only thing in question Saturday was just how many pins the Sun Devils would record on the Mustangs.
Three, with an additional technical fall by freshman Jake Meredith (184 pounds).
“We wrestled pretty well this match,” said 197-pound junior Jake Cranford. “It feels good to get a win. A lot of the freshmen stepped up, as always. [David] Prado came in for us and won a big match.”
Cranford was alluding to the 125-pound bout in which freshman David Prado wrestled in place of No. 11-ranked sophomore Anthony Robles.
He could not have done any better, scoring the Sun Devils’ second pin of the night at 4:48 over the Mustang’s Andy Nowak.
“It felt pretty good. [The pin] just kind of developed,” Cranford said. “I never want to go straight for the pin because it’s not always there, and I don’t want to force it. But if you fall into a pin you want to take it.”
The final pin came on the final bout, as freshman Vicente Varela (149) moved to 2-1 in Pac-10 play in 2 minutes and 32 seconds with his victory over Eric Maldanado.
“We had the concept: You drill to the pin,” ASU coach Thom Ortiz said. “You take his leg down and you go. That was our goal today.”
ASU also had victories from four other wrestlers. Eric Starks (174) won by forfeit, while freshman Kyle DeBerry (165) did it the hard way, securing a 6-1 decision over Joel Shaw.
Finally sophomore Chris Drouin (141) secured a 13-3 major decision over Andy Wagner, moving his record to 5-0 in Pac-10 matchups for the season.
Falling on the night was freshman Te Edwards (157), sophomore heavyweight Imanibom Etukeren, and junior Angel Alegre (133).
ASU returns to practice Monday, preparing for a two-dual road trip to Stanford and Oregon State this weekend.
“We look at the progressions,” Ortiz said. “We’ll enjoy the night, take it in. But you always want to move forward. This is not where we want to stop.”
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