Sunkist Kids beat Korea 29 13 in freestyle dual in Tempe Ariz May 27

By Gary Abbott | May 30, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)

A team from the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, featuring many current or former members of the Arizona State wrestling team, defeated the Korean University wrestling team, 29-13, in a dual meet at the Wells Fargo Arena at Arizona State Univ. in Tempe, Ariz., Saturday, May 27.

Korea opened with victories in the first two weight classes, but the Sunkist Kids swept the final eight matches.

Quinn Foster scored a pin over Hong Kyung-Rea, in 18 seconds at 156.2 pounds. Winning by technical fall were Eric Larkin at 140.8 pounds and Aaron Simpson at 184 pounds.

Both Larkin and Simpson have qualified to compete at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Dallas, Texas, June 22-24.

Other winners for the Sunkist Kids were Evan Larkin (134.2 lbs.), Steve Blackford (165 lbs.), R.D. Pursell (173.8 lbs.), and Kellan Fluckinger (281 lbs.).

The Korean team competed in dual meets against the Big 12 All-Stars, and also against a team of Oklahoma college stars earlier in the week.

SUNKIST KIDS 29, SOUTH KOREA 13 at Tempe, Ariz., May 27

129.8: Kim Jong-Dae, Korea, won by tech. fall Adam Chavira, Sunkist Kids, 10-0.

129.8: Na Dae-Young, Korea, won by tech. fall Jeff Alexander, Sunkist Kids, 12-0.

134.2: Evan Larkin, Sunkist Kids, dec. Yeo Wun-Chung, Korea, 10-4.

134.2: David Douglas, Sunkist Kids, dec. Hwang Sun-Ho, Korea, 8-1.

140.8: Eric Larkin, Sunkist Kids, won by tech. fall Mun Jin-Tae, Korea, 14-4.

156.2: Quinn Foster, Sunkist Kids, pinned Hong Kyung-Rea, Korea, :18.

165: Steve Blackford, Sunkist Kids, won by tech. fall Jung Dae-Lee, Korea, 13-2.

173.8: R.D. Pursell, Sunkist Kids, dec. Cheon Jong-Min, Korea, 5-1.

184: Aaron Simpson, Sunkist Kids, won by tech. fall Noh Jae-Hyoun, Korea, 10-0.

281: Kellan Fluckiger, Sunkist Kids, won by inj. def. Han Ki-Young.

Sunkist Kids team

129.8: Adam Chavira, freshman at Arizona State, Parker, Ariz.

129.8: Jeff Alexander, sophomore at Arizona State, Las Vegas, Nev.

134.2: Evan Larkin, Tucson, Ariz.

134.2: David Douglas, sophomore at Arizona State, Harvey, Ill.

140.8: Eric Larkin, sophomore at Arizona State, Tucson, Ariz.

156.2: Quinn Foster, junior at Arizona State, Landover, Md.

165: Steve Blackford, junior at Arizona State, Des Moines, Iowa

173.8: R.D. Pursell, junior at Arizona State, Phoenix, Ariz.

184: Aaron Simpson, Arizona State assistant coach, Tempe, Ariz.

281: Kellan Fluckiger, freshman at Arizona State, Preston, Idaho