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Cal Poly secures 19-16 win over California Baptist

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Technical falls by Bernie Truax and Tom Lane powered Cal Poly to a 19-16 victory over California Baptist in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Thursday night inside Van Dyne Gym.

Truax blanked Cole Pruitt 18-0 before the first period ended at 165 pounds and Lane earned a 17-2 technical fall midway through the second period versus Arick Lopez at 197, giving the Mustangs four bonus points and the team victory.

Each team won five matches but the host Lancers earned just one bonus point on a major decision.

With the win, Cal Poly improves to 3-4 for the season and avenges a 28-10 loss to the Lancers a year ago. California Baptist fell to 3-7.

Truax is 11-9 on the year after picking up his third technical fall of the season. He scored a takedown just 19 seconds into the match followed by a quartet of four-point near falls, finishing the bout in 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

Lane overcame a takedown in the opening 23 seconds with an escape, takedown and four-point near fall for a 7-2 lead after the first period. The senior added a takedown and pair of four-point near falls in the second period before the match was halted at 3:22.

Lane's win improved his record to 13-3 and gave Cal Poly a 19-13 lead and the Mustangs held on for the team victory.

Cal Baptist jumped to a 7-0 lead with a major decision and decision before Cal Poly claimed four straight bouts to turn things around.

Decisions by Wyatt Cornelison at 141, Joshy Cortez at 149 and Brawley Lamer at 157 gave Cal Poly a 9-7 lead and Truax followed with his technical fall for a 14-7 Mustang cushion.

Cornelison edged Adam Velasquez 4-2 in overtime, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the sixth period with an escape with 21 seconds left and a takedown with one second to go. Cornelison is 15-7 for the season.

Cortez (pictured above) earned a marathon 4-3 decision over AJ Raya.

Each wrestler earned an escape in regulation and the match went into overtime tied at 1-1. Cortez and Raya also tallied escapes in the first series of overtime periods, remaining deadlocked at 2-2.

Raya was penalized for locking hands midway through the eighth period and Cortez added an escape for a 4-2 lead. Cortez gave up an escape with 14 seconds left in the ninth period but held on for the win, evening his record at 8-8.

Lamer continued the Mustang run with a 6-0 decision at 157, notching a first-period takedown, second-period escape and third-period takedown plus riding time. Lamer is 7-9 for the year.

The technical fall by Truax gave Cal Poly a 14-7 advantage. Lancer wins at 174 (7-1 decision) and 184 (6-5 decision) closed the Mustang lead to 14-13 before Lane virtually clinched the dual meet for Cal Poly with his technical fall.

California Baptist needed a fall at 285 to salvage a 19-19 draw but mustered just a 5-1 decision.

Cal Poly is off next week, returning to action with dual meets on the road at Northern Colorado on Feb. 7 and Air Force on Feb. 9.

Results:
125: Dilan Atjun (CBU) maj. dec. Benny Martinez (CP) 9-1
133: Christian Nunez (CBU) dec. Cole Reyes (CP) 7-5
141: Wyatt Cornelison (CP) dec. Adam Velasquez (CBU) 4-2 OT
149: Joshy Cortez (CP) dec. AJ Raya (CBU) 4-3 2 OT
157: Brawley Lamer (CP) dec. Zach Rowe (CBU) 6-0
165: Bernie Truax (CP) tech fall Cole Pruitt (CBU) 18-0, 2:05
174: Jacob Cooper (CBU) dec. Nathan Tausch (CP) 7-1
184: Garrett Strang (CBU) dec. Trent Tracy (CP) 6-5
197: Tom Lane (CP) tech. fall Arick Lopez (CBU) 17-2, 3:22
285: Zach Schrader (CBU) dec. Sam Aguilar (CP) 5-1

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