CSU Bakersfield upsets Boise State

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--The Bakersfield wrestling upset No. 20/25 Boise State 19-13 in a Pac-12 wrestling dual Friday night.

The dual began at 133 pounds where the Roadrunners struck first as Jose Mendoza (R-Sr., Selma, Calif., Selma HS) earned a major decision over Ben Demeulle 16-5. The Broncos' 141-pounder Travis Himmelman tied the team score at four when he earned a major over Everett Pratt (R-Fr., San Diego, Calif., Monte Vista HS) 8-0.

Bakersfield's Dalton Kelley (R-Sr., Alamosa, Calif., Alamosa HS) defeated the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the Pac-12 at 149 pounds, Chris Castillo, 10-8 to give the lead back to the 'Runners. Spencer Hill (R-Jr., Clovis, Calif., Fresno City College) earned a 6-4 victory over Holden Packard in the 157-pound bout.

David Meza (R-So., Fullerton, Calif., Buena Park HS) defeated Steven Hernandez 5-3 at 165 pounds. Jesus Ambriz (R-So., Vista, Calif., Rancho Buena Vista HS) who was subbing for the injured Bryce Hammond (No. 14, R-So., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) at 174 pound defeated Cole Rice 5-3 to make it 16-4. No. 7 Jake Swartz won by decision over Sean Pollock (R-Jr., Oceanside, Calif., Rancho Buena Vista HS) 6-2.

Reuben Franklin (Jr., Murrieta, Calif., Vista Murrieta HS) posted a takedown at the buzzer to defeat Cody Dixon 3-1 at 197. Franklin's victory proved to be the clincher for the Roadrunners as No. 5 J.T. Felix (285) and Rami Haddadin (125) won for the Broncos to make it the final 19-13.

The victory for Bakersfield broke a nine-dual Boise State winning streak in the series. The last CSUB victory over the Broncos came on Jan. 6, 2004 when Bakersfield defeated Boise State 24-13 in the Icardo Center.

"I think Monday's match against North Dakota State was a step in the right direction," said Bakersfield head coach Mike Mendoza. "We fought and had some success there and that sparked us in the right direction tonight. We went out fighting and once we got on a roll, each guy fed off the last guy and wrestled well."

Bakersfield hosts No. 24 Oregon State Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

133 Jose Mendoza, CSUB, maj. dec. Ben Demuelle, 16-5 141 Travis Himmelman, BSU, maj. dec. Everett Pratt, 8-0 149 Dalton Kelly, CSUB, dec. Chris Castillo, 10-8 157 Spencer Hill, CSUB, dec. Holden Packard, 6-4 165 David Meza, CSUB, dec. Steven Hernandez, 5-3 174 Jesus Ambriz, CSUB, dec. Cole Rice, 5-3 184 Jacob Swartz, BSU, dec. Sean Pollock, 6-2 197 Reuben Franklin, CSUB, dec. Cody Dixon, 3-1 285 J.T Felix, BSU, dec. Sam Cervantes, 9-2 125 Rami Haddadin, BSU, dec. Sergio Mendez, 5-3


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