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Pac-12 Conference Recap (1/9/23)

Oregon State 174 lber Aaron Olmos (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)


Mustangs Dominate Menlo College Invitational

Cal Poly was the only Pac-12 school this weekend with success. The Mustangs traveled down the road to compete at the Menlo College Invitational. Five of the wrestlers were crowned champions, one finished second and one finished third.

125 pounder Dom Mendez was the first champion after going 3-0, including a fall in his second match. Zeth Romney went 3-0 too with a fall and major decision in the mix. Abe Hinrichsen and Cash Stewart were battle-tested in their matches. However, they came out victorious and captured first in their weight classes.

Lastly, Nathan Glass finished first after going 2-0 in the 285-pound division. Wesley Wilson finished second and Koda Holeman claimed the bronze.

The rest of the Mustang squad hosted Michigan on Friday and fell 30-11.

Arizona State loses two high-profile duals over the weekend

Arizona State came into the Cornell dual as 12.5 point underdogs. However, the Sun Devils lost 19-12 in Austin, TX. Besides Chris Foca getting a major decision over Josh Nummer, every match was within six points or less.

Brandon Courtney earned his first dual win since Feb. 19, 2022, with a win over Brett Ungar while Vito Arujau proved he has the edge over Michael McGee heading into the backside of the wrestling season with a 7-5 victory.

Yianni Diakomihalis was tested once again as Kyle Parco took him the distance. Parco fell 8-2 in the 149-pound matchup. Lastly, Cohlton Schultz picked up a tight victory over Lewis Fernandez to close the dual, winning 4-2.

A few days later, ASU traveled to Ames, IA to compete against Iowa State. Arizona State threw out a separate lineup to rest a couple of starters. Richard Figueroa earned a 7-5 victory at 125 pounds while Jonathan Fagen continued to fill in for Kordell Norfleet.

Kyle Parco shined with a 7-5 upset victory over much-heralded freshman Paniro Johnson.

Oregon State falls to Oklahoma State at home

Oklahoma State sent nearly 6,800 fans home upset after beating the Beavers 20-12. However, Oregon State nearly sent Oklahoma State home with a loss. The dual started at 149 pounds. The Beavers dropped the first two matches, but Oregon State rallied four straight wins to take a 12-7 lead.

One of those matches saw #29 Aaron Olmos hand unbeaten, Southern Scuffle champion Dustin Plott his first loss of the year, in decisive fashion, 9-4. Olmos is now 7-5 on the year.

Yet, the Beavers hit the heart of the Cowboy lineup. Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Daton Fix and Carter Young captured three consecutive victories to flip the score and return to Oklahoma with a win.

Michigan blanks the Roadrunners

Cal State Bakersfield began its dual season with one of the best teams in the country and proved to be no match for the Michigan Wolverines. Cal State's two-ranked wrestlers had strong outings despite falling.

133-pound Chance Rich fell to Dylan Ragusin 7-3 while Angelo Martinoni lost 4-1 to Cole Mattin. Since the Roadrunners' stars could not capture a win, the Roadrunners lost 36-0.

Bakersfield almost broke the shutout when 197-pound Mateo Morales led 3-2 in the third period. However, Brendin Yatooma got a late takedown and won 6-3.

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