Titans Place Fifth at Reno Tourney
Dec. 19, 2007
Reno, NV - With a pair of second-place finishes, a third and a fifth to go with 15 pins, Cal State Fullerton's wrestling team accumulated enough points Tuesday to place fifth and match its best finish ever at the 26-team Tournament of Champions in Reno.
Central Michigan was the tourney champion by a comfortable margin with 152.5 points to 128 for runnerup Oklahoma State. Cornell was third at 99 points followed by Navy at 91 and Fullerton at 86.5. There was a significant drop off to sixth place where Cal Poly had 59.5 points.
No. 2-seeded Atkinson won four consecutive matches before losing in the final to No. 1-seeded Scott Ervin of Appalachian State, 11-8. Murphy was seeded No. 1 and he won three matches before forfeiting in the finals to No. 2-seeded Christian Sinnott of Central Michigan.
Sauer, seeded No. 2, won four matches before getting pinned by No. 3-seeded Ed Prendergast of Navy at 1:36. Sauer bounced back to win two matches in the consolation bracket.
Drake lost his opening bout to Arturo Basulto of Cal Poly, 3-1, before rebounding with four wins before losing to No. 3-seeded Clayton Foster of Oklahoma State. Drake then beat Alex Calvi of Great Falls, 3-1, to take fifth for the best tournament showing of his two-year Titan career.
Fullerton is idle through the holiday break, resuming competition on Jan. 2 when the Titans host West Virginia at 5 p.m. and Oregon at 7 p.m., the latter a Pac-10 dual match.