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Fresno State tops Duke

FRESNO, Calif. -- The Fresno State wrestling team tallied wins in seven matches on its way to a 34-7 win over Duke on Friday evening at the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (7-5) got technical fall victories from redshirt freshman Hunter Cruz at 184 pounds and senior Josh Hokit at heavyweight while getting decisions from redshirt sophomore Beau Colombini at 157 pounds and redshirt freshman Isaiah Perez at 197 pounds.

Duke (0-8) tallied a pair of victories at 133 pounds and 174 pounds while the 'Dogs claimed forfeit wins at 141, 149 and 165 pounds. A double forfeit at 125 pounds saw no team points awarded to either team.

How It Happened
With the dual starting at 157 pounds, Colombini got the 'Dogs rolling with a 5-3 win over the Blue Devils' Eric Carter using a pair of takedowns and an illegal hold for his five points while limiting Carter to three escapes.

Redshirt freshman Adam Kemp drew a forfeit for the Bulldogs at 165 pounds to put Fresno State ahead 9-0 as the Blue Devils were able to pick up the first of their two wins at 174 pounds. Mason Eaglin defeated the 'Dogs Jackson Hemauer, ranked as high as No. 13 by Trackwrestling, 12-5 in Hemauer's first match since Dec. 7 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. Hemauer took a 5-2 lead after a quick escape to start the second period, but it was all Eaglin from there as the Blue Devil redshirt freshman scored the final 10 points of the match to cut the 'Dogs lead to 9-3.

Cruz quickly got the 'Dogs back on the winning track with a 15-0 technical fall over Kai Blake in 4:28 building a 8-0 lead after the first period and added an escape, takedown and four-point near fall for his second technical fall of the season.

Perez followed with an 8-2 victory over Vincent Baker at 197 pounds tallying three takedowns, an escape and a riding time point to put the 'Dogs up 17-3. Hokit extended the lead to 22-3 with a 16-0 technical fall over Jonah Niesenbaum in 1:26 as the 2019 All-American used a takedown, three four-point near falls and one two-point near fall for the victory.

After a double forfeit at 125 pounds, the final match of the night saw freshman Destin Summers fall to Duke's Harrison Campbell, 12-1 at 133 pounds. DJ Lloren and Greg Gaxiola picked up forfeit wins at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively to close out the dual.

Notables
  • Fresno State moves to 4-1 at home this season.
  • The 'Dogs improve to 2-0 all-time against Duke.
  • The Bulldogs have now won seven of their last eight duals.
  • It was Hokit's first and Cruz's second technical fall wins of the season.
  • Hemauer returned to the mat for the first time since Dec. 7 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite.
  • There were only three rematches from last Friday's dual against Duke at the Virginia Duals as Colombini, Cruz and Perez each defeated their opponents for a second time in eight days.
  • Attendance for Friday's dual was 2,449.]

    Up next
    Fresno State will have two weeks off before returning to action at home against No. 16 Iowa State (5-3, 2-0 B12) on Friday, Jan. 31. Air Force (2-2, 0-1 B12) & CSU Bakersfield (1-3) also visit the Save Mart Center on Sunday, Feb. 2.

    Results:
    157: Beau Colombini (FS) dec. Eric Carter (Duke), 5-3 | FS 3, DUKE 0
    165: Adam Kemp (FS) won by forfeit | FS 9, DUKE 0
    174: Mason Eaglin (Duke) dec. No. 14/16/13 Jackson Hemauer (FS), 12-5 | FS 9, DUKE 3
    184: Hunter Cruz (FS) tech. fall Kai Blake (Duke), 15-0 (4:28) | FS 14, DUKE 3
    197: Isaiah Perez (FS) dec. Vincent Baker (Duke), 8-2 | FS 17, DUKE 3
    HWT: No. 11/12/9 Josh Hokit (FS) tech. fall Jonah Niesenbaum (Duke), 16-0 (1:26) | FS 22, DUKE 3
    125: Double Forfeit | FS 22, DUKE 3
    133: Harrison Campbell (Duke) maj. dec. Destin Summers (FS), 12-1 | FS 22, DUKE 7
    141: No. 23/-/16 DJ Lloren (FS) won by forfeit | FS 28, DUKE 7
    149: No. -/-/32 Greg Gaxiola (FS) won by forfeit | FS 34, DUKE 7
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