FRESNO, Calif. - Winning nine of 10 matches, including five by bonus points and three via falls, the Bulldog Wrestling team downed Big 12 foe South Dakota State, 38-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (6-6, 3-3 B12) won its second dual in three days and notched its first-ever Big 12 Conference home dual win with the victory over conference opponent South Dakota State (1-6, 0-3 B12).
How It Happened
With the dual getting started at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Robert Garcia IV picked up his second straight win with his first fall of the season notching a first period fall of Gregory Coapstick in 2:31.
Redshirt freshman Gary Joint kept the great start going for the Bulldogs at 133 pounds with his second straight major decision blanking the Jackrabbits' Rylee Molitor, 9-0 using a pair of takedowns, a four-point near fall and riding time to push the 'Dogs lead to 10-0 in the dual.
Sophomore Chris Deloza gave the 'Dogs their third straight bonus point win to start the match using a second period takedown to turn SDSU redshirt freshman Aric Williams to his back for a fall in 4:44.
Leading 16-0 in the dual heading into the marquee match of the dual pitting a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers against each other as the Bulldogs' No. 15 Khristian Olivas faced No. 12 Henry Pohlmeyer. With Olivas able to pick up a first period takedown for a 2-0 lead, the Bulldog junior choose to start the second period neutral and that decision paid off as he was able to take down Pohlmeyer again and turn him to his back for a fall in 3:39 and his fifth pin of the year.
Redshirt freshman Jacob Wright kept the shutout intact at 157 pounds with a workmanlike 4-1 decision over Jackrabbit sophomore Colten Carlson. Getting his team-high 17th win of the season, Wright used a second period reversal and late third period takedown to seal the win and give the 'Dogs a 25-0 lead heading to intermission.
Filling in for an injured Brandon Martino at 165 pounds, redshirt junior Isaiah Hokit made his first appearance of the season at that weight, and was able hold his own topping SDSU senior Logan Peterson, 11-5 while securing four takedowns in the victory.
The shutout continued at 174 pounds with redshirt junior Dominic Kincaid topping Samuel Grove, 4-1. The Clovis native used a first period takedown for a early 2-0 lead, but Grove was able to escape in the second period to cut the lead in half. Kincaid was able to escape the Jackrabbits' hold for an escape in the third period and a point for riding time gave Kincaid his second straight win.
The lone loss of the dual for the Bulldogs came at 184 as No. 21 Jackson Hemauer lost a hard-fought battle to Zach Carlson, 4-3 as the Bulldog redshirt freshman was able to escape late in the third period to tie the match at 3-3, but 1:23 of riding time by Carlson gave the Jackrabbit the narrow one-point win.
Still holding a 31-3 lead, the 'Dogs closed out the dual with a 18-5 major decision by No. 16 Josh Hokit over Martin Mueller at 197 pounds and a narrow 2-1 victory by No. 21 AJ Nevills over Blake Wolters at heavyweight.
- Garcia IV and Deloza each recorded their first fall of the season.
- Olivas also pinned Pohlmeyer in their previous matchup this season at the Midlands Champions with a fall in 4:12.
- Isaiah Hokit made his season debut at 165 pounds after going 15-14 at that weight in 2017-18.
- Josh Hokit recorded his fifth straight win to improve to 15-3 on the season and 4-0 in duals.
- Nevills moves to 15-5 overall and 10-1 in duals while getting his eighth win by decision.
Head Coach Troy Steiner
On the 'Dogs win today over South Dakota State.....
"It was a battle and we knew they would come out and fight. It was great to see the guys come out aggressive."
Junior 197-pounder Josh Hokit
On continuing to find early success since moving from football and joining the national rankings....
"That's great, but I have had the mindset coming in not to take a backseat to anyone. You have to be mentally prepared for everyone and know you are going to get a great fight everytime."
125: Robert Garcia IV (FS) won by fall over Gregory Coapstick (SDSU), 2:31 | FS 6, SDSU 0
133: Gary Joint (FS) maj. dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 9-0 | FS 10, SDSU 0
141: Chris Deloza (FS) won by fall over Aric Williams (SDSU), 4:44 | FS 16, SDSU 0
149: No. 17/18/15 Khristian Olivas (FS) won by fall over No. 19/17/12 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 3:39 | FS 22, SDSU 0
157: Jacob Wright (FS) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 4-1 | FS 25, SDSU 0
165: Isaiah Hokit (FS) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 11-5 | FS 28, SDSU 0
174: Dominic Kincaid (FS) dec. Samuel Grove (SDSU), 4-1 | FS 31, SDSU 0
184: Zach Carlson (SDSU) dec. No. -/-/21 Jackson Hemauer (FS), 4-3 | FS 31, SDSU 3
197: No. 16/-/- Josh Hokit maj. dec. Martin Mueller (SDSU), 18-5 | FS 35, SDSU 3
285: No. -/-/21 AJ Nevills (FS) dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 2-1 | FS 38 SDSU 3
The 'Dogs return to the mat hosting Pac-12 foe Oregon State (2-4) on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center for our Pride of the Valley Night and will remain home on Feb. 3 hosting Big 12 opponent No. 12 Wyoming (11-3, 2-1 B12) at 12 p.m. for Junior Bulldog Kid's Club Day.