DAVIDSON -- A new year opened with a dominant road victory for California Baptist University over Davidson on Thursday. The Lancers came out aggressive and shot early and often to help them win nine of 10 matches and defeat the Wildcats 33-4 to open a four-dual road trip in the John M. Belk Arena.
Zach Schrader, Arick Lopez, Garrett Strang and AJ Raya posted bonus-point victories for CBU, which also received overtime wins from Adam Velasquez and Zach Rowe. The Lancers improve to 3-2 on the year, while Davidson falls to 1-5.
CBU will dual three more teams on Friday at Cormack Hall on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute. The Lancers open against VMI at 8 a.m. Pacific, followed by a 10 a.m. showdown with Cleveland State before concluding with a noon dual against Clarion.
Schrader capped off the dual with a pin of Finlay Houston in the heavyweight bout for his eighth pin of the season and 15th of his career. He was leading 9-2 before recording the fall with 43 seconds left in the second period. The redshirt junior is just the 10th Lancer in school history to record at least 15 pins in a career. Thursday's victory also marked career win 51 for Schrader to move him up to No. 19 in CBU history in that category.
Strang posted a 17-5 major decision victory over Gavin Henry, despite trailing the Wildcat 2-1 three minutes into the 184-pound bout. Strang dominated the second period, 7-0, to take a 9-2 lead into the third. The Temecula native added two more takedowns and a nearfall in the final 40 seconds of regulation to put the finishing touches on the victory.
It is career win 37 for Strang, which ranks him 25th in CBU's record book. Both Schrader and Strang are now a perfect 5-0 in dual matches this season.
Raya maintained the team lead in victories this season with an 11-2 major decision over Will Baldwin at 149 pounds. He got two takedowns in the first period and added a nearfall in the third period to run away with the win.
Lopez and Jacob Cooper both shutout their opponents in the 197 and 174-pound matches, respectively. It was Lopez who was responsible for the fourth bonus-point win, as he posted 12 points for the major decision against Evan Clark.
Cooper tallied seven points for the decision victory over Steven Newell. He got a takedown in the first 15 seconds of the match and never looked back.
Velasquez outlasted David Loniewski for a 6-4 overtime win at 141.
Rowe followed up the excitement with a 3-1 win in an extra period against Hunter Costa at 157.
Dilan Atjun and Christian Nunez started the dual with 9-4 and 10-3 decision victories at 125 and 133, respectively.
Atjun jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first period and Nunez also got a takedown in the first 10 seconds.
125: Dilan Atjun (CBU) dec. over Cian Fischer (DAV), 9-4
133: Christian Nunez (CBU) dec. over Kyle Gorant (DAV), 10-3
141: Adam Velasquez (CBU) SV1 over David Loniewski (DAV), 6-4
149: AJ Raya (CBU) maj. dec. Will Baldwin (DAV), 11-2
157: Zachary Rowe (CBU) SV1 over Hunter Costa (DAV), 3-1
165: Noah Satterfield (DAV) maj. dec. over Cole Pruitt (CBU), 10-1
174: Jacob Cooper (CBU) dec. over Steven Newell (DAV), 7-0
184: Garrett Strang (CBU) maj. dec. over Gavin Henry (DAV), 17-5
197: Arick Lopez (CBU) maj. dec. over Evan Clark (DAV), 12-0
285: Zach Schrader (CBU) fall over Finlay Holston (DAV), 4:16