SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- While it was not California Baptist University's first-ever win over an NCAA Division I opponent, the Lancers' impressive 28-10 victory over Cal Poly was their first victory as a D-I program.
CBU won seven of 10 matches in its season-opening dual on Saturday at the Mott Athletics Center, even with five of its starters being underclassmen. The Lancers open the 2018-19 season 1-0, while the Mustangs drop to 0-1.
Saturday was CBU's most dominant victory over Cal Poly in the six-dual series. The Lancers and Mustangs have now split it evenly, 3-3, with CBU's first two victories coming on a combined four points in 2013 (19-18) and 2014 (18-15).
"I thought it would be a tough dual, but the guys just wrestled really well," Coach Lennie Zalesky said. "The times we have beaten them before, one match was always the difference. This time we won seven and could have won a couple others, too, maybe. It was a really good win, actually, just the feel of it. The way the guys wrestled was really impressive."
A six-day break will lead into the Lancers' highly anticipated home opener against second-ranked Ohio State on Friday at 7 p.m. in the CBU Events Center.
"It's going to be great to host Ohio State and wrestle at that level," Zalesky said. "We have some monster competition ahead, but we are excited for it."
True freshman Antonio Saldate gave CBU the best start possible in his first-ever collegiate match on Saturday, as he pinned his opponent in two minutes and four seconds. It gave CBU an immediate 6-0 lead after the 125-pound bout.
"Antonio starting it out with that pin for us was just amazing," Zalesky said. "He had a really good takedown, just really took it to the guy, with a good combination and got him on his back."
After Cal Poly won via decision at 133, redshirt freshman Zander Silva increased the Lancers' edge with a 10-2 major decision at 141. Daxton Gordon rattled off another bonus-point victory for CBU, with a 12-4 major decision at 149 for a 14-3 lead in the team score.
The Mustangs stopped the run momentarily with another decision at 157, but the Lancers won the next four matches to secure the team victory. Bryce Buckley defeated his opponent at 165 on a score of 11-6 to push the lead to 17-6.
Jacob Cooper nearly shutout his opponent at 174 for a 9-1 major decision. Garrett Strang wrapped up the team win for good, with a 12-4 major decision at 184, with the 25-6 lead being impossible to overcome with two matches to go.
Zach Schrader ended the dual with another CBU win, as he picked up a 6-5 decision over his heavyweight opponent thanks to a riding-time point.
"It was a pretty new lineup," Zalesky said. "It was fun to see them compete and I think they learned a lot, too."
125 Antonio Saldate (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Benny Martinez (Cal Poly) (Fall 2:04)
133 Yoshi Funakoshi (Cal Poly) over Adam Velasquez (California Baptist (Calif.)) (Dec 6-2)
141 Zander Silva (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Ryan Farina (Cal Poly) (MD 10-2)
149 Daxton Gordon (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Tyler Schilling (Cal Poly) (MD 12-4)
157 Brawley Lamer (Cal Poly) over John Johnson (California Baptist (Calif.)) (Dec 13-9)
165 Bryce Buckley (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Dylan Miracle (Cal Poly) (Dec 11-6)
174 Jacob Cooper (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Nathan Tausch (Cal Poly) (MD 9-1)
184 Garrett Strang (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Jack Huber (Cal Poly) (MD 12-4)
197 Thomas Lane (Cal Poly) over Frank Wyshinski (California Baptist (Calif.)) (MD 15-5)
285 Zach Schrader (California Baptist (Calif.)) over Sam Aguilar (Cal Poly) (Dec 6-5)