UVU Wrestling Knocks Off Arizona State, 26-15

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Jade Rauser celebrates after his pin.
Jade Rauser celebrates after his pin.

Jan. 18, 2013

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OREM, Utah - Back-to-back pins by twin brothers Jade and Val Rauser helped Utah Valley overcome a 15-6 deficit and knock off Arizona State 26-15 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 2,134 at UVU's PE Building Friday night.

"The environment was just awesome and this is what we want Utah Valley University wrestling to be," said UVU wrestling coach Greg Williams. "Even though we lost a couple of close matches, the crowd stayed behind us. Jade and Val's pins were huge for us. What an exciting match for the crowd to see in front of a good team."

ASU (7-7, 2-0 Pac-12) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, thanks in large part to catching a break in the closing seconds of the second match.

After the Sun Devils' Codey Combs defeated UVU (2-2, 0-1 WWC) 157-pounder Ethan Smith in the opening bout, ASU's Joel Smith held a 4-3 lead with the clock winding down in the third period against Abner Cook (165 pounds). Cook then managed to turn ASU's Smith on his back in the closing seconds. With the official making his count, time expired and upon conferring with the scores table the official declared that he had not counted to two before the clock hit zero, which resulted in no near fall points for Cook and a controversial 4-3 win for ASU's Smith.

Even though the previous match didn't go UVU's way, the Wolverines wasted no time getting back into the dual, as 174-pounder Monte Schmalhaus picked up one of the Utah Valley's three pins on the night. Schmalhaus pinned ASU's Raymond Waters 4:46 into the bout to tie the team score at 6-6.

Arizona State's three nationally-ranked wrestlers won the next three matches by decision to take 15-6 advantage but the Wolverines responded once again as the Rauser twins both won by fall in the 125 and 133-pound bouts to give UVU an 18-15 lead.

Both Jade Rauser and Val Rauser pinned their respective ASU opponent in the first period. Up 2-0 following an early takedown of Dalton Miller, Jade got Miller in an arm-bar and finished him off by pinning him just 1:17 into the contest. Not to be outdone, his twin brother Val pinned ASU's Ares Carpio 2:47 into his match.

UVU wasn't done from there as Avery Garner (141) and Josh Wilson (149) controlled the final two contests of the night and the Wolverines added to their lead. Garner topped Matt Kraus by decision (10-3) and with a strong final period Wilson beat Preston McCalmon by technical fall (17-1) to give UVU the 26-15 victory.

After just one victory in the first six matches, UVU finished the dual by winning four straight. The Wolverines also won four of their five matches by bonus points, which included three by fall.

The Wolverines will continue their month-long homestand by hosting conference foe Northern Colorado Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. UVU will then close out its home stretch when Stanford comes to town on Feb. 1.

Utah Valley 26, Arizona State 15
157: Codey Combs (ASU) Dec., Ethan Smith (UVU), 5-2
165: Joel Smith (ASU) Dec., Abner Cook (UVU), 4-3
174: Monte Schmalhaus (UVU) Fall Raymond Waters (ASU), 4:46
184: No. 20 Kevin Radford (ASU) Dec., Derek Thomas (UVU), 6-2
197: No. 7 Jake Meredith (ASU), Dec., David Prieto (UVU), 5-3
285: No. 17 Levi Cooper (ASU), Dec., Adam Fager (UVU), 4-0
125: Jade Rauser (UVU) Fall Dalton Miller (ASU), 1:17
133: Val Rauser (UVU) Fall Ares Carpio (ASU), 2:43
141: Avery Garner (UVU) Dec., Matt Kraus (ASU), 10-3
149: Josh Wilson (UVU) Tech. Fall Preston McCalmon (ASU), 17-1, 7:00