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<p>Sun Devil Mat Notes (pdf)</p>
<p><strong>TEMPE</strong> - It will be one very busy day for the Arizona State University wrestling team this weekend as the Sun Devils (4-4, 1-0 Pac-10) will compete in four duals in one day as part of the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Sun Devils open a 10 a.m. against Northern Colorado (0-3) before taking on Air Force (2-1) at noon, No. 19 American (6-3) at 4 p.m. and close the day with No. 9 (Division II) Central Oklahoma (6-2) at 6 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>OPENING WHISTLE</strong><br/>? ASU fell from the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, but is still receiving votes<br/>? Robles (#2) and Jenkins (#4) remained in the national Top 5 this week<br/>? ASU is competing in the Lone Star Duals for second year in a row<br/>? ASU will wrestle four times in one day for just the fourth time ever<br/>? Sun Devils are 7-4-1 all-time on days they compete in four duals<br/>? Reunited: ASU takes on Northern Colorado for first time in 33 years<br/>? ASU went 1-2 at the Virginia Duals, falling one win shy of placing in the Top 8<br/>? Robles (125) and Robles (157) both went 3-0 on the weekend in Virginia<br/>? Robles is 18-0 on the year with a 6-0 record against the national Top 20<br/>? Cooper secures team win over Chattanooga with major decision<br/>? Record Climb: Robles moves up to 17th and 20th in career wins, dual wins</p>
<p><strong>IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM</strong><br/>The Sun Devils fell out of the Top 25 this week in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll after being ranked each of the previous eight weeks, but is one of four teams that are still receiving votes this week. Cornell remained the top-ranked team while fellow Pac-10 team Boise State (#8) and Oregon State (#14) are the lone conference schools ranked ahead of the Sun Devils.</p>
<p><strong>STRONG SCHEDULE</strong><br/>Looking at the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, seven of Arizona State?s opponents are currently ranked in the Top 25. Overall, ASU?s schedule includes duals with No. 2 Oklahoma State (L, 40-4), No. 8 Oklahoma (L, 32-7), No. 13 Iowa State, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Kent State (L, 30-7) and No. 19 American.</p>
<p><strong>IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL</strong><br/>According to Amateur Wrestling News, two Sun Devils remained ranked in the national Top 20 this week (January 11), including Anthony Robles, who is No. 2 at 125. The other ranked Sun Devil this week is Bubba Jenkins, who ranks fourth at 157 pounds.</p>
<p><strong>A LITTLE BUSY</strong><br/>On Saturday at the Lone Star Duals, the Sun Devils will compete in four duals in one day, marking just the fourth time in program history that the team will wrestle that many duals on the same day. The last time it happened came at the NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio, on January 18, 2003, were Arizona State went 2-2 on the day with wins over Missouri (21-16) and Boise State (19-15) and losses to Oklahoma State (38-3) and Minnesota (26-12). The Sun Devils defeated Michigan, 27-13, the next day to take seventh. Prior to that, ASU went 2-2-0 in four duals at Iowa State on January 4, 1986, and 3-0-1 on November 27, 1974, at CS Bakersfield.</p>
<p><strong>IN THE FIELD</strong><br/>Three nationally ranked teams will be in the field in Texas, including No. 9 Oklahoma, No. 16 Nebraska and one of Arizona State?s foes, No. 19 American. Other Division I teams include: Air Force, Appalachian State, Brown, Citadel, Harvard, Northern Colorado, Stanford and Utah Valley. The remaining teams include Central Oklahoma, Wayland Baptist, Nebraska-Kearney, Newman, Oachita Baptist, Central Baptist and Marion Military.</p>
<p><strong>EVENT HISTORY: LONE STAR DUALS</strong><br/>Arizona State has competed in the Lone Star Duals just once before in the 12 previous years the event has been held, posting a 3-0 record last year in their first appearance. The Sun Devils posted wins in 2010 against Harvard (39-12), Air Force (38-6) and Utah Valley (27-15).</p>
<p><strong>BRINGING THEM BACK TOGETHER AGAIN</strong><br/>For the second year in a row, the Lone Star Duals is reuniting the Sun Devils with a familiar foe from the earlier years of the program?s history, this time with duals against Northern Colorado and Central Oklahoma. Last year, Arizona State and Air Force faced one another for the first time in 35 years (1975 season was the last meeting). This year, ASU will face UNC for the first time in nearly 33 years and UCO for the first time in 15 years.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: NORTHERN COLORADO</strong><br/>The Bears enter the weekend with a 0-3 overall record and stand 0-1 in the Western Wrestling Conference. Head Coach Ben Cherrington (former Boise State wrestler) has one individual ranked in the national Top 20 so far this season in Justin Gaethje, who stands No. 9 at 149 pounds. Last year, Gaethje earned All-America honors, the first in the UNC program?s history. Gaethje is 6-1 on the year with three of those wins coming by fall.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. BEARS</strong><br/>Arizona State leads the all-time series, 2-1-1, after winning the last meeting, a 26-15 decision at Northern Colorado on February 16, 1978, nearly 33 years ago. The only neutral site meeting between the two schools came on February 1, 1963 (ASU?s first season as a varsity program) and ended with a 16-16 tie at Denver.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: AIR FORCE</strong><br/>Head Coach Joel Sharratt?s Falcons enter the weekend with a 2-1 overall record and stand 0-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference. Cole VonOhlen is the lone Falcon ranked in the national Top 20 as he sits at No. 8 at 141 pounds with a 22-6 overall record (2-1 in duals).</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. FALCONS</strong><br/>Arizona State and Air Force have split the six-dual series with both winning three each. The Sun Devils won the last meeting, a 28-6 decision at the Lone Star Duals last year. Prior to that meeting, the two schools had last met on February 22, 1975, in a dual in Tucson with AFA winning, 19-15. In neutral site competitions, the series is tied at 1-1-0 with both duals being the last two in the series.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: AMERICAN</strong><br/>The Eagles enter the weekend ranked No. 19 nationally and carry a 6-3 overall record (2-0 in the EIWA) with them. Head Coach Mark Cody has four wrestlers ranked in the national Top 20, including two in the Top 2 with No. 1 Steve Fittery at 157 and No. 2 Ryan Flores at heavyweight. Fittery is 13-0 on the year while Flores is 11-3. The other two ranked Eagles are No. 14 Matt Mariacher at 141 and No. 19 Ganbayar Sanjaa at 149.</p>
<p><strong>MARQUEE MATCHUP: 157 POUNDS</strong><br/>Fans in Texas could be in for a treat if the probable starting lineups hold true for the Arizona State-American dual as they could see No. 1 vs. No. 4 at 157 pounds. The Sun Devils? Bubba Jenkins is currently ranked No. 4 in the weight class while the Eagles? Steve Fittery is 13-0 and No. 1.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. EAGLES</strong><br/>Arizona State and American have each won once in the two-dual series with the Eagles taking the most recent meeting, 29-13, in Tempe on January 7, 2007. Prior to that, the Sun Devils won the only neutral site meeting with a 41-8 decision on January 9, 2004, at the Virginia Duals.</p>
<p><strong>SCOUTING: CENTRAL OKLAHOMA</strong><br/>The Bronchos, under the direction of David James (in his 29th year with the team), enter this week ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Division II rankings with a 6-2 record and winning the NWCA Division II National Duals title last week. Jarrett Edison is the lone Broncho ranked nationally this week as his 16-4 record has pushed him to No. 6 at 197 pounds in the national Top 8 rankings.</p>
<p><strong>THE SERIES: SUN DEVILS vs. BRONCHOS</strong><br/>Arizona State leads the all-time series with Central Oklahoma, 1-0-0, winning the only meeting between the two schools, 28-13, in the first round of the NWCA National Duals in Lincoln, Neb., on January 20, 1996.</p>
<p><strong>QUICK RECAP: VIRGINIA DUALS</strong><br/>Arizona State went 1-2 at the 31st Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., last weekend, falling from the tournament one win shy of placing in the Top 8. The Sun Devils opened with a 22-18 come-from-behind win over Chattanooga before falling to No. 23 Kent State, 30-7, in the quarterfinals. On the second day of competition, Virginia eliminated ASU with a 29-18 score. Individually, Anthony Robles (125) and Bubba Jenkins (157) went 3-0 on the tournament to lead the way.</p>
<p><strong>HEAVIES SECURE THE WIN</strong><br/>In Arizona State?s lone win at the Virginia Duals - a 22-18 defeat of Chattanooga - the Sun Devils saw an early lead erased at 165 pounds as the Mocs held a 15-12 advantage. Eric Starks won a decision at 174 to tie the match, but at loss at 184 put the Mocs ahead, 18-15, with only two matches to go. Needing wins in both matches, the Sun Devils got just that as Luke Macchiaroli won an 8-3 decision at 197 to tie it a 18-18 before Levi Cooper scored a 10-1 major decision to secure the team win for the Sun Devils.</p>
<p><strong>ROBLES ROLLING</strong><br/>Anthony Robles remained undefeated on the year at 18-0 with just six of those victories not coming via technical fall (two decisions, three major decisions and two falls). Overall in his 11 wins by technical fall, Robles has outscored his opponents 178-5 and when including the four other non-falls, Robles holds a scoring advantage of 226-10 this year. The program?s record holder for career tech falls (34) and season tech falls (11), Robles is off to the best start of his career, surpassing the 10 in a row he opened last season with.</p>
<p><strong>ANOTHER RECORD</strong><br/>With two more technical falls at the Virginia Duals, Robles broke his own record for season technical falls by recording the 10th and 11th of the year. Already the record holder for career technical falls (34) and career wins by bonus points (77), Robles is currently ranked 16th in season bouns-point wins with 16 this year (out of 18 matches).</p>
<p><strong>CLIMBING HIGHER</strong><br/>With his title in Reno, Robles not only remained undefeated on the season, but he also collected the 100th victory of his stellar career, moving to 100-23 all-time at Arizona State. With his wins in Virginia, Robles now holds a mark of 104-23 in his career and is tied with Glenn McMinn Sr. and Jim Gressley for the 17th-most wins in a career. If he wins all four matches this weekend, Robles will have 108 wins and hold the 15th position on his own.</p>
<p><strong>MORE CAREER MARKS</strong><br/>Robles also is 43-6 all-time in his career in dual matches, which ranks 20th all-time in career wins, just one behind Head Coach Shawn Charles, who won 44 in his career. If Robles competes in all the remaining duals on the schedule and wins all 10 dual matches, he will end his Sun Devil career with a 53-6 record and rank tied for 10th all-time with Aaron Simpson.</p>
<p><strong>QUICK WORK</strong><br/>Following their time in Reno, the Sun Devils have won 28 matches by fall with five of those coming in one minute or less, including a pin in 31 seconds by David Prado (133). Overall, 19-of-28 falls have come in the first period of action with 13-of-19 coming within the first two minutes of the start of the match. Currently, Prado?s pin in 31 seconds over Justin Solberg of North Dakota State in Reno stands as the fastest by a Sun Devil this season.</p>
<p><strong>AHEAD OF THE PAC(-10)</strong><br/>Since joining the Pac-10 Conference in time for the 1978-79 season, the Sun Devils have built a 29-4-1 all-time record in their first conference dual of the season. Arizona State is 13-0-1 in its last 14 Pac-10 openers with its last loss coming during the 1996-97 season in a 21-18 set back to CS Bakersfield in Tempe. ASU has won nine of its last 11 home Pac-10 openers including the 25-19 defeat of CS Fullerton earlier this season.</p>
<p><strong>PAC-10 PROSPERITY</strong><br/>Dating back to Arizona State joining the conference for the 1978-79 season, the Sun Devils have been one of 18 different schools that called the Pac-10 home with ASU and six others still competing (including Boise State, Cal Poly, CS Bakersfield, CS Fullerton, Oregon State and Stanford). Against current members of the Pac-10, ASU holds an 82-23-1 all-time record and stands 128-23-1 all-time when including all 17 teams that are/have been in the Pac-10.</p>
<p><strong>ALL-STAR WINS</strong><br/>Although the results won?t count toward their season and career records, both Anthony Robles and Bubba Jenkins dominated at the 45th NWCA All-Star Classic in Fresno, Calif., as the Sun Devil posted the only two wins by something other than a decision. First up was No. 3 Robles, who scored a 20-2 technical fall over No. 4 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) at 125 pounds. Then, Jenkins took to the mat at 157 pounds as the No. 6 Sun Devil upset No. 1 Adam Hall (Boise State) with a 12-4 major decision. Only three other matches contested saw a wrestler win by four or more points at the annual exhibition event.</p>
<p><strong>COPPER STATE COMPETITIONS</strong><br/>With the two wins on the opening day of the season, the Sun Devils improved to 64-9-0 all-time against teams from the state of Arizona and extended their winning streak to 44 in a row in the process. The last time Arizona State lost to a fellow Copper State school came on Feb. 13, 1973, when visiting Arizona won, 18-17. The Sun Devils also improved to 28-6-0 all-time in road duals inside the state after winning their 19th and 20th in a row.</p>
<p><strong>NEXT TIME OUT</strong><br/>Arizona State?s busy pace will slow considerably next weekend as the Sun Devils will have just one dual on the schedule as they play host to CS Bakersfield at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 21, inside Wells Fargo Arena.</p>
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