CSU Bakersfield dominates California Baptist

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The CSU Bakersfield wrestling team completed a perfect run through the state of California on Saturday by dominating California Baptist 38-6. The seven dual wins for the season are also a season high for CSUB Head Coach Manny Rivera.

With the victory, CSUB completed a perfect 6-0 run against competition from the state of California this season. To open the year, the `Runners knocked off San Francisco State and Life Pacific. They then beat Cal Poly for their first Pac-12 victory of the season and upset nationally-ranked Stanford and Fresno State.

After Kalani Tonge dropped the opening match, Wyatt Gerl wasted no time in recording his first pin as a Roadrunner. The junior needed just 90 seconds to stick Jaron Pagaduan to put CSUB up 6-3. At 165 pounds, Jacob Thalin shutout Jacob Cooper 5-0. After a scoreless first three minutes, Thalin had takedowns in the second and third periods to take control.

Trailing 5-3 to start the third period, Bryan Battisto scored all four points in the final frame to earn a 7-5 decision at 174 pounds. The redshirt senior escaped Bryce Buckley's control 20 seconds into the period and claimed his first lead of the match with a takedown with 1:09 remaining. Battisto rode out Buckley for the rest of the match and received a point for riding time.

Dominic Ducharme, ranked 29th in the nation in the latest coaches' rankings, pinned Garrett Strang in just 49 seconds to give the Roadrunners a commanding 18-3 lead at the halfway point. Mark Penyacsek followed with a 9-4 decision at 197 pounds. The redshirt junior trailed after the first period, but scored a reversal and got two nearfall points in the second to lead 7-4. In the third, he added two more points on a takedown with 33 seconds remaining.

The Lancers earned three points with an 8-4 decision at the heavyweight match. Zach Schrader defeated Jarrod Snyder 8-4 for CBU. CBU forfeited both the 125-pound and 141-pound bouts and Sean Nickell picked up an 18-1 technical fall at 133 pounds for five more team points. Nickell led 12-1 after the first period and used a takedown and four more nearfall points to earn the win.

The Roadrunners will have next weekend off in preparation for the Pac-12 Championships at Arizona State on March 9.

149-pounds -Daxton Gordon (CBU) decision over Kalani Tonge (CSUB); 8-2 0 3
157-pounds - Wyatt Gerl (CSUB) fall at 1:30 over Jaron Pagaduan (CBU); 2-0 6 3
165-pounds - Jacob Thalin (CSUB) decision over Jacob Cooper (CBU); 5-0 9 3
174-pounds - Bryan Battisto OR Reed South (CSUB) decision over Bryce Buckley (CBU); 7-5 12 3
184-pounds - No. 29 Dominic Ducharme (CSUB) fall at 0:49 over Garrett Strang (CBU); 2-0 18 3
197-pounds - Mark Penyacsek (CSUB) decision over Ali'i Loyola (CBU); 9-4 21 3
Heavyweight -Zach Schrader (CBU) decision over Jarrod Snyder (CSUB); 8-4 21 6
125-pounds - Eddie Flores (CSUB) wins by forfeit 27 6
133-pounds - No. 17 Sean Nickell (CSUB) tech fall over Vincent Zavala (CBU) 32 6
141-pounds - Carlos Herrera OR Noah Blakley-Beanes (CSUB) wins by forfeit 38 6


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