Fresno State blanks California Baptist

FRESNO, Calif. -- Shutting out its first opponent since 2005, the Bulldog Wrestling team won all 10 matches on Thursday night against California Baptist blanking the Lancers, 43-0 at the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (4-5) used a pair of falls, a technical fall and two major decisions to roll to its first shutout since blanking Menlo College, 47-0 during the 2004-05 season.

How It Happened

Starting at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Robert Garcia IV got the action started with a 12-5 win over Antonio Saldate jumping out to a 7-2 lead. Saldate was able to cut the 'Dogs lead to 7-4, but Garcia IV closed out the match getting a stalling point, a takedown and a two-point near fall to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

Redshirt freshman 133-pound Gary Joint followed with a 17-2 technical fall over Vincent Zavala taking a 4-0 lead after the opening period and extended it to 10-0 after two getting a takedown and a four-point near fall. Starting the third period neutral, Joint added three takedowns and a riding time point for his third technical fall of the season.

Sophomore Chris Deloza received a forfeit at 141 pounds to push the 'Dogs lead to 14-0 setting up the match of the dual took place at 149 pounds as No. 16-ranked Khristian Olivas took on 2018 Division II national champion Daxton Gordon. Tied at 2-2 entering the final half of the second period, Olivas secured a takedown with 26 seconds left to head to the third period with a 4-2 lead. Starting the final period on bottom, Olivas got away from Gordon for a 5-2 lead and added a takedown to close out a 7-3 win.

Redshirt freshman Jacob Wright kept the 'Dogs shutout going with his third fall of the season pinning Cole Drescher in 1:22 as he secured four takedowns before his fifth sent Drescher to his back for the quick win.

With a 23-0 lead at intermission, redshirt freshman Brandon Martino made his Save Mart Center debut with a 16-7 major decision over Jacob Cooper breaking open a close 3-2 match with a reversal and five takedowns to go along with 3:13 of riding time for his first bonus point victory of the season.

Redshirt junior Dominic Kincaid, a former Lancer himself from 2015-17, escaped with a 4-3 win over Garrett Strang at 174 pounds using two first period takedowns to hold on for a one-point win to give the 'Dogs a 30-0 lead.

Getting a second fall of the dual in less than two minutes, the 'Dogs redshirt freshman Jackson Hemauer made quick work of Arick Lopez at 184 pounds pinning him in 1:49 for his first pin of the season to push the lead to 36-0.

The Bulldogs kept the shutout in tact with the final two weights as junior Josh Hokit notched a 13-4 major decision at 197 pounds over Frank Wyshinski and AJ Nevills closed out the dual with a 3-0 win over Zach Schrader at heavyweight.


Head Coach Troy Steiner
On the Bulldogs' 43-0 win over California Baptist.....
"They have showed glimpses of it in the practice room, but to let themselves go and open up and perform is what you are always trying to get them to do and tonight they did that. They let themselves really enjoy the moment and you have to enjoy it."

On moving into the second half of the season....
"We want to build momentum moving into the second half of the year and starting a New Year and this a good way to start it out, but we have a tough stretch starting with Iowa State next week and we will need to have the same hustle and focus we had tonight. We want to enjoy the moment and get ready to go again."

Junior 197-pounder Josh Hokit
On handling the quick amount of matches so soon after the football season.....
"It is tough, but you got to love it. Wrestling is on a whole different level and if you don't love the fight, then you shouldn't be wrestling."

On being back at the Save Mart Center in front of the Red Wave.....
"It was great. You get a glimpse of it during football season and they come out here and still support you. It is great."

On all 10 'Dogs winning matches tonight.....
"It shows all the hard work the guys are putting in and a lot of people don't see it. The wrestling workouts are a little different than football and they are brutal. To get the 43-0 win is well deserved."

Team Notes
- The last time Fresno State shut out an opponent came on Jan. 4, 2005 over Menlo College.
- Hokit wrestled his 15th match of the season improving to 12-3 after only wrestling a total of 17 all of 2017-18 when he went 9-8.

Up next
Fresno State hits the road for a Big 12 dual on Sunday, Jan. 13 traveling to Iowa State (2-1, 0-0 B12) for a second straight season taking on the Cyclones at 12 p.m. PT at Hilton Coliseum.

125: Robert Garcia IV (FS) dec. Antonio Saldate (CBU), 12-5 | FS 3, CBU 0
133: Gary Joint (FS) tech. fall Vincent Zavala (CBU), 17-2 (7:00) | FS 8, CBU 0
141: Chris Deloza wins by forfeit | FS 14, CBU 0
149: No. 18/-/16 Khristian Olivas (FS) dec. Daxton Gordon (CBU), 7-3 | FS 17, CBU 0
157: Jacob Wright (FS) wins by fall over Cole Drescher (CBU), 1:22 | FS 23, CBU 0
165: Brandon Martino (FS) maj. dec. Jacob Cooper (CBU), 16-7 | FS 27, CBU 0
174: Dominic Kincaid (FS) dec. Garrett Strang (CBU), 4-3 | FS 30, CBU 0
184: No. -/-/20 Jackson Hemauer (FS) wins by fall over Arick Lopez (CBU), 1:49 | FS 36, CBU 0
197: Josh Hokit (FS) maj. dec. Frank Wyshinski (CBU), 13-4 | FS 40, CBU 0
285: No. /-/-/13 AJ Nevills (FS) dec. Zach Schrader (CBU), 3-0 | FS 43, CBU 0


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