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Cal Poly rallies for 25-12 victory over Grand Canyon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- A fall by Blake Kastl and technical falls by Jacob Leon and Colt Shorts helped Cal Poly wipe out an early 12-6 deficit as the Mustangs earned a 25-12 victory over Grand Canyon in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Saturday night in the Mott Athletics Center.

Kastl (pictured at right) evened his record at 7-7 for the season with a first-period pin over Casey Larson while Leon defeated Joe Huber 23-7 and Shorts was a 15-0 winner over Steven Abayon for Cal Poly, 2-7 in duals for the year.

Grand Canyon, which fell to 5-16 entering Sunday's match at CSU Bakersfield, earned four decisions in the first six bouts for its 12-6 advantage.

Cal Poly won the final four bouts to win the dual meet going away.

Leon scored eight takedowns and six near-fall points to improve to 8-9 on the year while Shorts blanked his Antelope foe with one takedown, 10 near-fall points and riding time, lifting his mark to 13-6.

Shorts has won his last five matches, two via fall.

Kastl picked up his second fall of the year, scoring a takedown 90 seconds into his match with Abayon, then recording the fall 10 seconds later.

Mustang 174-pounder Travis Berridge closed out the dual meet with a 2-1 decision over Kenneth Moore, scoring a technical violation for locked hands in the first period and an escape in the final period. Berridge was wrestling in his first dual meet of the season.

Cal Poly's early winners were J.T. Goodwin at 197 pounds and David Gonzalez at 125.

Goodwin is 14-9 for the year, snapping a five-match losing streak with a 2-0 decision over Austin Trujillo. Goodwin earned an escape in the second period and rode out his opponent in the final period for a riding-time point.

Gonzalez and Trayton Libolt battled to a 6-6 draw in regulation and both scored escapes in the first overtime. Finally, in the second overtime, Gonzalez tallied a takedown for the 9-7 sudden-victory decision.

Mustang 285-pounder Spencer Empey also was extended into a pair of overtimes, dropping a 3-2 decision to Daniel Chaid. All points scored in the bout were escapes.

Both Jason DelaCruz and Connor Pollock held early leads only to lose their bouts.

DelaCruz was ahead 3-1 after two periods before surrendering an escape and takedown in the final period in a 4-3 loss to Juaquin Olivas at 133 pounds. Pollock built a 7-3 lead early in the second period before Uzo Owuama rallied for an 11-9 decision at 141.

Cal Poly also has one dual meet on its schedule next week, hosting Oregon State on Friday night for the first of three consecutive home duals against Pac-12 Conference opponents. First match begins at 7 p.m. in the Mott Athletics Center.

Coach Brendan Buckley's Mustangs also host Arizona State on Feb. 13 (Mott Athletics Center, 7:30 p.m.) and Boise State for Homecoming on Feb. 14 (University Union plaza, 1 p.m.).

Results:
184: Austin Gaun (GCU) dec. Mitch Woods (CP) 9-5
197: J.T. Goodwin (CP) dec. Austin Trujillo (GCU) 2-0
285: Daniel Chaid (GCU) dec. Spencer Empey (CP) 3-2 (2 OT)
125: David Gonzalez (CP) dec. Trayton Libolt (GCU) 9-7 (2 OT)
133: Juaquin Olivas (GCU) dec. Jason DelaCruz (CP) 4-3
141: Uzo Owuama (GCU) dec. Connor Pollock (CP) 11-9
149: Jacob Leon (CP) by tech. fall over Joe Huber (GCU) 23-7 (5:12)
157: Colt Shorts (CP) by tech. fall over Steven Abayon (GCU) 15-0 (7:00)
165: Blake Kastl (CP) pinned Casey Larson (GCU) 1:40
174: Travis Berridge (CP) dec. Kenneth Moore (GCU) 2-1

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