Cal Poly heavyweight Trevor Tinker (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Arizona State ends losing skid against Stanford
Arizona State;s lineup is nearly back to full strength as Cohlton Schultz returned to the mat and Cael Valencia began to shock the wrestling world. Valencia helped the Sun Devils break a four-match losing skid with a 6-3 upset victory over Tyler Eischens. He picked up two takedowns, an escape and riding point.
The lightweight continued their dominance as the Sun Devils swept the first four matches. Richard Figueroa earned a major decision over Nico Provo, Michael McGee earned his 25th tech fall over Jackson Disario, Jesse Vasquez won 10-4 over Jason Miranda and Kyle PArco won 10-2 over Jaden Abas.
Schultz’s return was quick as he pinned Peter Ming in 56 seconds.
Cal Poly snap a 10-match losing streak against ASU
Arizona State’s lightweights gave the Sun Devils a 15-0 lead over Cal Poly. Parco was the only Sun Devil to pick up bonus points, pinning Tiger Ortiz in the second period. However, Arizona State threw out a couple new faces into the lineup and Cal Poly took advantage of it.
The Mustangs won four of the last five matches, including Jarad Priest’s pin over Canyon Mansfield and Trevor Tinker’s major decision over David Palosika. Tinker’s 10-2 major gave the Mustangs the 19-18 edge on the scoreboard at the end of the dual.
In the last four of five matches Cal Poly won, they outscored ASU 28-5.
Little Rock fails to slow down Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado has been one of the most surprising and dominating teams this season, holding a 10-2 record. Their latest win came over Little Rock 36-3. Six of the nine Bears’ victories were bonus point victories.
On the other hand, Northern Colorado could not complete the sweep as Josiah Hill won 9-3 in the final match of the dual. Although it was a tough battle for Hill, a couple of late takedowns in the third period kept Xavier Doolin away from the shutout.
Besides Hill’s victory, the most competitive bout for Little Rock took place at 165 lbs, where Tyler Brennan dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to Baylor Fernandes.
Cal State Bakersfield battles at Chippewa Challenge
CSUB won its first dual at the Chippewa Challenge, defeating Central Michigan 21-16. The teams split the dual with five wins each. However, Chance Rich won by major decision, Angelo Martinoni won by tech fall and Jacob Hansen won by fall in the third period.
Central Michigan only got one bonus-point victory, Tracy Hubbard’s 10-2 major decision over Braden Smelser.
Josh Brown and Albert Urias were the only two Roadrunners to win in the second dual. CSUB fell to Campbell 32-8. In the final dual, the Roadrunners won five matches again. Yet, the Roadrunners fell 16-15 to American.
Eddies Flores picked up an upset over Maximillian Leete. However, Martinoni fell to Elijah White, wiping away a potential swing in points from an upset victory. All of CSUB’s victories came by decision.
The only match that was not a decision was Caleb Campos 12-0 victory over Smelser, giving American the one-point advantage. Cal State Bakersfield will start Pac-12 play next week traveling to Oregon State.