BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The West Coast suited Northern Colorado wrestling this weekend, as they rallied to defeat CSU Bakersfield, 17-16 and go 2-0 on the road trip. UNC kept the momentum from Friday against the roadrunners, rallying with two wins in the final matches to erase a 16-11 deficit.
"I'm really proud of this team," head coach Troy Nickerson said. "They get better every time they step on the mat. Today was a total team effort. Honestly, the MVPs of the day were Sean Cannon and Armando Santillan. Both wrestled hard and held their top 20 ranked opponents to decisions."
Cannon dropped a tough 5-0 decision against No. 20 Sean Nickell in the 133 lb match. Santillan faced No. 18 Russell Rohlfing at 149 lb, dropping the match 7-2 by decision.
Robert Winters Jr. and No. 11 Jacob Seely led the comeback in the final two matches, both earning decision wins. Seely pulled UNC within striking distance after he defeated Matt Penyacsek 6-4 in the 197 lb match.
With the Bears trailing 16-14, Winters Jr. took the mat against Josh Loomer in the 285 lb match. Winters Jr. built an early 5-1 lead after the first period with two takedowns and Loomer was hit with a penalty. Winters Jr. would add another takedown in the third period, along with riding time to win 9-4. The wins secured the dual win for UNC and they improved their record to 4-5 on the season.
No. 17 Rico Montoya started the Bears off strong in the 125 lb match with a 19-3 tech fall over Edward Flores, giving UNC a 5-0 lead. Montoya's win was key for UNC, earning the team's only bonus points on the day.
Chris Sandoval showed he is getting used to the 141 lb weight class, as he picked up a 7-3 decision win over Carlos Herrera.
Jordan Robison faced Wyatt Gerl in the 157 lb match, defeating him 5-2 by decision.
Dalton Robertson battled Dom Ducharme in the 184 match, losing a close 5-3 deicision. Macoy Flanagan fell to Jacob Thalin in a 16-4 major decision in the 165 lb match, while Bryan Battisto topped Sethan Bogulski 6-4 by decision at 174 lb.
Northern Colorado now has its second, two-dual winning streak of the season and improved to 3-2 on the road.
"We will have a really short turn around again this week as we head to Northern Iowa to face a top 15 ranked team." Nickerson added.
Northern Colorado will stay on the road next weekend, traveling to take on Northern Iowa on Friday, January 25th and North Dakota State on Sunday, January 27th.
125: No. 17 Rico Montoya over Edward Flores (TF 19-3 4:12)
133: No. 20 Sean Nickell over Sean Cannon (Dec 5-0)
141: Chris Sandoval over Carlos Herrera (Dec 7-3)
149: No. 18 Russell Rohlfing over Armando Santillan (Dec 7-2)
157: Jordan Robison over Wyatt Gerl (Dec 5-2)
165: Jacob Thalin over Macoy Flanagan (MD 16-4)
174: Bryan Battisto over Sethan Bogulski (Dec 6-5)
184: Dom Ducharme over Dalton Robertson (Dec 5-3)
197: No. 11Jacob Seely over Matt Penyacsek (Dec 6-4)
285: Robert Winters Jr. over Josh Loomer (Dec 9-4)