Fall by Goodwin lifts Cal Poly to victory over Cal Baptist

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Trailing 5-1 after two periods, freshman J.T. Goodwin turned his 197-pound match around in the final period, pinning Paul Head in 6 minutes, 9 seconds, to lead Cal Poly to a 27-19 victory over Cal Baptist in a non-conference dual wrestling meet, the Mustangs' home opener, Friday night inside Mott Gym.

Goodwin earned an escape, takedown and three-point near fall early in the third period for a 7-5 lead, then pinned Head to give head coach Brendan Buckley's Mustangs an insurmountable 27-13 advantage with one bout remaining.

Cal Poly forfeited the 285-pound bout. Had Head held on to his lead entering the final round, Cal Baptist would have trailed 21-16 and picked up six points for the forfeit at 285 to win the dual meet by a single point.

Instead, Goodwin raised his record to 4-7 with his second pin as a Mustang.

"I'm just glad he won," said Buckley.

Cal Poly won just three other bouts on the mat, picking up 12 points on forfeits by the visiting Lancers.

Cal Baptist led 9-6 after the first three bouts before the Mustangs put together a three-bout winning streak.

Mustang 149-pounder Damien Arredondo earned a 6-2 decision over Dylan Cataline, jumping to a 5-0 lead in the opening period and an escape in the final period. Arredondo is now 3-2 for the season.

At 157, Mustang junior Kyle Chene was an 11-4 winner over Alec Smith, giving Cal Poly a 15-9 lead halfway through the 10-bout card. Chene scored the first eight points of the bout with a takedown and pair of two-point near falls in the first period and a takedown early in the second period, lifting his record to 9-4 on the year.

And at 165, Mustang Connor King earned a 6-2 decision over Anthony Ballinger, scoring a takedown in each of the first two periods and an escape and riding time in the third period. King is now 4-7 for the season.

King's win gave Cal Poly a 15-9 lead. Cal Baptist sophomore Kenneth Tribble won by major decision at 174 and, after the Lancers forfeited at 184, Goodwin clinched the dual meet for the Mustangs with his come-from-behind victory at 197.

"Overall, that definitely was not the performance we were expecting tonight, but we somehow found a way to win," said Buckley. "We've got a lot of things to work on before the Reno Tournament of Champions."

Cal Poly, 1-2 in duals this season, will compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Reno Event Center.

125 -- Taylor Hall, CB, pinned Evan McKirdy, CP, 2:26
133 -- Devon Lotito, CP, won by forfeit
141 -- Bradford Gerl, CB, dec. Brandan Rocha, CP, 7-1
149 -- Damien Arredondo, CP, dec. Dylan Cataline, CB, 6-2
157 -- Kyle Chene, CP, dec. Alec Smith, CB, 11-4
165 -- Connor King, CP, dec. Anthony Ballinger, CB, 6-2
174 -- Kenneth Tribble, CB, maj. dec. Mitch Woods, CP, 8-0
184 -- Sean Dougherty, CP, won by forfeit
197 -- J.T. Goodwin, CP, pinned Paul Head, CB, 6:09
285 -- Zach Merrill, CB, won by forfeit


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