Stanford 174 lber Tyler Eischens (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Little Rock continues to make history
The Little Rock Trojans swept Lindenwood 49-0 on Jan. 13, the first sweep and highest team score in program history. The Trojans picked up eight bonus points out of the ten matches. The Trojans created the most damage on the back half of the dual.
165-pounder Tyler Brennan picked up a pin in the third period while Triston Wills tech falled Luke Dickhaus 16-0 at 174 pounds. Mason Diel dominated with another tech fall and Ty Lukens earned a major decision at 197 pounds.
Josiah Hill sealed the deal with a first-period pin over David Hernandez. Little Rock's closest match was 149-pound Chase Tebbets winning 4-0 over Ben Bohr.
Oregon State humbles Little Rock
Shortly coming off its best performance ever, Little Rock opened up Pac-12 play against Oregon State. The Beavers did not take the Trojans lightly, defeating them 35-3. Five Beaver wrestlers scored at least 10 points and four earned bonus point victories.
Brandon Kaylor started the dual with a 21-12 major decision over Jeremiah Reno. Cleveland Belton picked up a tech fall over Jaylen Carson. The matchup of the night came down to the wire. No. 29 Mateo Olmos defeated Triston Wills 3-2.
Trey Munoz and Tanner Harvey were the other two Beavers with bonus point wins, capturing a tech fall and pin. Little Rock's Joseph Bianchi was the Trojans' only winner, winning a 10-4 bout at 149 pounds.
Is it time to start worrying about ASU?
Arizona State came into the season with one of the best rosters and toughest schedules in the season. Unfortunately, the gauntlet has not fallen in their favor as they dropped their third straight dual. ASU lost to Princeton 24-12 at home.
Princeton's Pat Glory made his presence felt in the beginning by beating Brandon Courtney 8-3. Yet, Michael McGee bounced the Devils back with a 20-3 tech fall. After a couple of decision victories from Jesse Vasquez and Kyle Parco, the Sun Devils were swept.
Arizona State has been shuffling its lineup tremendously due to injuries. Obviously, Jacori Teemer has been out and Courtney battled injuries at the beginning of the season, but the injury bug continues to loom in the desert.
Tony Negron, Kordell Norfleet and Cohlton Schultz did not suit up for the dual. If the Sun Devils return to full strength, they are dangerous. Until then, ASU will continue to be tested in the gauntlet.
Stanford takes advantage of bonus points over Penn
Stanford edged Penn 16-15 in a dual that swayed for both teams. Although Stanford never trailed, neither team could pull away as nine matches ended as a decision. 197-pounder Nick Stemmet was the difference in the score.
Stemmet's 11-3 victory over Cole Urbas gave Stanford the only bonus point in the entire dual. In addition, Nico Provo was upset by Ryan Miller 7-4 and Shane Griffith did not wrestle. However, Jaden Abas and Tyler Eischens picked up upset victories over Doug Zapf and Nick Incontrera.
Stanford opens up Pac-12 play next week against Arizona State.
Cal Poly and CSUB are beaten by Colorado schools
Cal Poly fell to Northern Colorado 25-9 while Cal State Bakersfield was beaten 30-8 by Air Force.
Several of Cal Poly's top wrestlers dropped their matches, including Legend and Brawley Lamer, Lawrence Saenz and Luka Wick. On the other hand, Ethan Rotondo, Jarad Priest and Trevor Tinker earned decision victories.
Bakersfield picked up three wins but lost a team point to unsportsmanlike conduct. Chance Rich defeated Cody Phippen 4-1, Angelo Martinoni defeated Garrett Kuchan 9-2 and Josh Brown defeated Dylan Martinez 9-3.