RIVERSIDE -- Four wins in the final five matches led California Baptist University to a come-from-behind, 22-16 victory over Gardner-Webb.
Garrett Strang and Zach Schrader were key to the victory, as each grabbed technical-fall victories in the 184 pound and heavyweight matches, respectively. Those bonus-point wins kept victory win within reach for the Lancers on Saturday at the Van Dyne Gym. It also kept Schrader and Strang undefeated on the year.
Schrader has now won nine-straight matches dating back to last season. The reigning National Collegiate Open heavyweight champion finished off his opponent in two periods on a score of 22-5. Strang put together a flawless match, not only scoring the tech-fall, but also not giving up a point to his opponent in a 15-0 shutout at 184 pounds.
Saturday's dual started out at 141 pounds, with Gardner Webb forced to forfeit at 133 after its wrestler did not make weight. It set up an exciting final match at 125 pounds, as Dilan Atjun secured the CBU victory with a 10-4 decision in the finale. Atjun started quickly and never trailed after a takedown within the first minute. He added another takedown in the second period and two more in the third to pull out the win.
AJ Raya got the Lancers on the board in the 149-pound match, as he scored a victory by 9-3 decision. CBU returns to action on Sunday for the season's first tournament, the Roadrunner Open, hosted by CSU Bakersfield.
125- Dilan Atjun (CBU) decision over Michael Pappaconstantinou (GWU); 10-4
133 - Christian Nunez (CBU) wins via forfeit
141- Brandon Bright (GWU) decision over Adam Velasquez (CBU); 4-3
149- AJ Raya (CBU) decision over Anthony Schiess (GWU); 9-3
157- Evan Schenk (GWU) decision over Zach Rowe (CBU); 6-4
165- RJ Mosley (GWU) decision over Josh Grant (CBU); 5-0
174 -Samuel Mora (GWU) decision over Jacob Cooper (CBU); 10-2
184 - Garrett Strang (CBU) tech falls Christian Salter (GWU); 15-0
197 -Roderick Davis (GWU) decision over Arick Lopez (CBU); 5-4
285- Zach Schrader (CBU) tech falls Jeffery Linker (GWU); 22-5