Cal Poly's two-time All-American Bernie Truax (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Cal Poly splits duals over the weekend
The Cal Poly Mustangs split a pair of duals on Dec. 11, dominating Lindenwood 50-0 and falling to No. 9 Minnesota 22-12.
Cal Poly rested a few starters in the Lindenwood matchup. 125-pound Dom Mendez earned a major decision over Austin Kegley while 149-pound Tiger Ortiz defeated Ben Bohr 7-2. The rest of the Mustangs earned bonus point victories, including Brawley Lamer pinning Austin Raynor and Cash Stewart earning a 16-4 major decision over Kaden Charboneau.
Cal Poly only picked up three wins over the Gophers. Dom Demas snuck out a 5-2 victory over Michael Blockhus, Bernie Truax pinned Michael Foy in :24 seconds and Trevor Tinker won by sudden victory over Garrett Joles.
Tinker's victory makes him 7-3 on the season and on the verge of cracking the top 25 soon.
Oregon State captures one victory over Penn State
Brandon Kaylor was the only Beaver to win against the Nittany Lions over the weekend, winning 4-0 over Gary Steen.
Although Oregon State fell 31-3, the Beaver wrestlers lost their matches by only an average of 5.89 points. Therefore, the Beavers rarely gave up bonus points to the top team in the country, only giving up two major decisions and a tech fall.
In addition, Matthew Olguin almost upset No. 15 Alex Facundo but fell 3-2. The Beavers schedule does not get any easier as they travel to the National Collegiate Duals to face Iowa State and Cornell and one other squad, to be determined by their performance in the first two duals.