BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Redshirt freshman Angelo Martinoni picked up an 11-8 win in the deciding bout, as the CSU Bakersfield wrestling team outlasted Northern Colorado 20-16. The Roadrunners won six of the meet's ten bouts, bouncing back well from a disappointing performance at Wyoming. The win gives the `Runners a split of their weekend trip to the Rocky Mountain region and improves their dual meet record to 3-4 on the season.
"This was an important win for us," said Head Coach Manny Rivera. "It was great to see some guys make key adjustments and overall execute much better than we did at Wyoming. We got off to a fast start, which gave us some momentum and seemed to put UNC and their home crowd back on their heels."
Bakersfield won the first three bouts of the day to jump out to an early 11-0 lead.
Senior Russell Rohlfing continued his dominant weekend, handling Northern Colorado's Ethan Leake from start to finish to earn a 17-0 technical fall victory. Rohlfing scored a takedown and a pair of nearfall points in the first period, before he put the match away in the second with a reversal and six more nearfall tallies. He posted four more points in the third and the match was eventually called with 1:16 remaining.
"Every point counts in dual wrestling and this ended up being an especially close dual," noted Rivera. "Russell stepped up for us and scored some critical extra points. He was dominant."
Rohlfing finishes his weekend with a pair of wins, outscoring his two opponents 23-0.
Wyatt Gerl and Jacob Thalin each posted wins by decision as CSUB took its early advantage.
Gerl trailed 2-1 heading into the final frame of his bout. He dominated the third, however, reversing UNC's Nathan Moore and keeping him on the mat the rest of the way for a 7-2 decision.
Thalin also trailed by a point entering the third period. He escaped to begin the frame, before scoring a critical take down at the midway point. He buried his opponent, Macoy Flanagan, for the duration of the match to score the ridetime point and pick up a 4-2 victory.
The `Runners also received hard-fought wins from Dominic Ducharme and Jarrod Snyder.
Ducharme was bloodied early, but still managed to score consistently racking up four take downs in his match with UNC's Seth Bogulski.
Snyder needed extra time to pick up the win in an evenly contested contest with Robert Winters Jr. Each wrestler picked up an escape in regulation to send the match to the sudden victory frame tied at one. A scoreless sudden victory stanza set the stage for Snyder to grab his second escape, the eventual bout winner, in the first overtime period. In the second overtime period, he rode Winters for the entire frame to pick up the win.
The Bears closed the gap when Jace Koelzer defeated Alex Hernandez-Figueroa at 125 lbs and #10 Mosha Schwartz pinned Chance Rich early in the second period.
Bakersfield held a slim 17-16 lead heading into the tenth and final bout of the day at 141 lbs, setting the stage for Martinoni's heroics.
Martinoni fell behind in the first period when Northern Colorado's Christopher Sandoval took him to the mat twice for a 4-2 lead. Sandoval chose to start the second period in the neutral position and CSUB's redshirt freshman made him pay with a quick take down and a long ridetime advantage that led to four nearfall points.
"Martinoni won on the mat," Rivera concluded. "He turned his opponent and really went to work on top to separate the score in the second."
Sandoval picked up two third period takedowns, but Martinoni posted three escapes of his own and won the match by an 11-8 final score.
CSUB is back in action next Sunday when they head north to take on their valley rival the Fresno State Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Bakersfield's next home dual is scheduled for Feb. 7 against Pac-12 rival Oregon State.
149: Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) over Ethan Leake (NOCO) (TF 17-0 5:44)
157: Wyatt Gerl (CSUB) over Nathan Moore (NOCO) (Dec 7-2)
165: Jacob Thalin (CSUB) over Macoy Flanagan (NOCO) (Dec 4-1)
174: Billy Higgins (NOCO) over Albert Urias (CSUB) (Dec 5-3)
184: Alan Clothier (NOCO) over Josh Loomer (CSUB) (MD 12-2)
197: Dom Ducharme (CSUB) over Seth Bogulski (NOCO) (Dec 9-6)
285: Jarrod Snyder (CSUB) over Robert Winters (NOCO) (TB-1 2-1)
125: Jace Koelzer (NOCO) over Alejandro Hernandez-Figueroa (CSUB) (Dec 4-1)
133: Mosha Schwartz (NOCO) over Chance Rich (CSUB) (Fall 3:23)
141: Angelo Martinoni (CSUB) over Christopher Sandoval (NOCO) (Dec 11-8)