BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Bakersfield wrestling team swept a pair of duals against Grand Canyon and Appalachian State Friday night in CSUB's Old Gym
The Roadrunners opened the night by defeating Grand Canyon 32-4. Bakersfield won nine of the 10 matches contested. Jose Mendoza (R-Sr., Selma, Calif., Selma HS) posted a technical fall at 133 while Timmy Box (R-So.,141, Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS), Spencer Hill (R-Jr., 157, Clovis, Calif., Fresno City College), and Bryce Hammond (R-So., 174, Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) picked up major decisions for the 'Runners.
Bakersfield defeated Appalachian State 21-18 in the nightcap. Dominic Parisi pinned Sergio Mendez (Fr., Arleta, Calif., San Fernando HS) at 125 pounds to begin the dual. Ian Nickell (R-So., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) got the 'Runners on the board with a major decision (16-7) against Vito Pasone at 133.
Box put CSUB into the lead for the first time with a 9-6 decision over Jake Smith in the 141-pound bout. Dyllan Cottrell pinned Dalton Kelley (R-Sr., Alamosa, Colo., Alamosa HS) 1:28 into the 149-pound match to put the Mountaineers up 12-7. Hill earned a 8-4 victory against Nick Hall at 157 before David Meza (R-So., Fullerton, Calif., Buena Park HS) put the Roadrunners back into the lead for good when he decisioned Zach Stricklad 6-4 at 165.
Hammond earned his second major decision of the night, 11-1, versus Collin Hedash. App State's Nick Vetell defeated Sean Pollock (R-Jr., Oceanside, Calif., Rancho Buena Vista HS) 9-6 at 184. Reuben Franklin (Jr., Murrietta, Calif., Vista Murrieta HS) earned a major at 197, defeating Paul Weiss 12-2. Denzel Dejournette defeated Sammy Cervantes (R-Sr., Chula Vista, Calif., Palomar College) 5-2 at heavyweight to conclude the night.
"We showed much better fight tonight (than we did against Cal Poly)," said Bakersfield head coach Mike Mendoza. "We were focused on being ready to wrestle.
Bakersfield hosts the Roadrunner Open Sunday at Selland Arena in Fresno. The day begins at 9 a.m.
Bakersfield (CSUB) 32, Grand Canyon (GC) 4
125 Sergio Mendez, CSBA, dec. AJ Salazar, 5-4 133 Jose Mendoza, CSUB, tech. fall Lino Estrada, 4:30 17-0 141 Timmy Box, CSUB, maj. dec. Austin Solari, 10-0 149 Mike Hamel, GC, maj. dec. Dalton Kelly, 9-1 157 Spencer Hill, CSUB, maj. dec. Bryant Wood, 11-3 165 David Meza, CSUB, dec. Juan Carlos Maynes, 7-6 174 Bryce Hammond, CSUB, maj. dec. Martin Fabbian, 11-0 184 Sean Pollock, CSUB, dec. Austin Gaun, 3-2 197 Ruben Franklin, CSUB, dec. Marcus Haughian, 6-2 285 Sam Cervantes, CSUB, dec. Peter Anguiano , 3-1
Bakersfield (CSUB) 21, Appalachian State (APST) 18
125 Dominic Parisi, APST, pinned Sergio Mendez, 1:58 133 Ian Nickell, CSUB, maj. dec. Vito Pasone, 16-7 141 Timmy Box, CSUB, dec. Jake Smith, 9-6 149 Dyllan Cottrell, APST, pinned Dalton Kelly, 1:28 157 Spencer Hill, CSUB, dec. Nick Hall, 8-4 165 David Meza, CSUB, dec. Zachary Strickland, 6-4 174 Bryce Hammond, CSUB, maj. dec. Collin Hedash, 11-1 184 Dominick Vetell, APST, dec. Sean Pollock, 9-6 197 Ruben Franklin, CSUB, maj. dec. Paul Weiss, 12-2 285 Denzel Dejournette, APST, dec. Sam Cervantes, 5-2