OREM, Utah—Normally, a matchup between CSU Bakersfield and Utah Valley is a Western Athletic Conference contest. Thursday’s wrestling dual went to the final match and saw the Big-12 Wolverines defeat the Pac-12 Roadrunners 20-17.

The dual began at 184 pounds where Bryan Battisto rallied from a 4-3 second period deficit to defeat Will Sumner 6-4.  The Wolverines took the lead at 197 when Tanner Orndorff defeated Matt Williams via a major decision, 15-4.

Dustin Dennison extended the UVU advantage to five with a 13-3 major over Dominic Balmer in the heavyweight bout. The Wolverines earned three more team points at 125 when Mitch Brown defeated Sean Nickell 9-2. Utah Valley’s Jarod Maynes handed Carlos Herrera a 4-3 defeat in the 133-pound bout.

Russell Rohlfing got the Roadrunners back on the board with a shutout at 141 when he defeated Trevor Willson 6-0. Coleman Hammond earned CSUB bonus points at 149 when he posted a technical fall, 19-2, against Grant LaMont.

Raider Lofthouse led Jacob Thalin 8-3 to begin the third period at 157. Thalin recorded a pair of takedowns in the final minute of action, to get within one at 8-7, but Lofthouse’s riding time advantage would make it a 9-7 final.

Lorenzo De La Riva tied the dual a 17 when he pinned Koy Wilkinson at the 4:49 mark of the 165-pound match. The dual came down to 174-pounders in UVU’s Kimball Bastian and CSUB’s Mark Penyacsek. A first period Bastian takedown was the only scoring in the first three minutes. Taking the down position to start the second, Bastian earned an early escape for a 3-0 lead. Bastian took down Penyacsek to go up by five.  He extended the lead to seven with a take down early in the third period. With riding time, Bastian won 8-0 and gave the Wolverines (4-2) a 21-17 dual victory.

The Roadrunners (3-3) return to Pac-12 action Saturday afternoon when CSUB travels to Boise State (1-4) in a 12 p.m. (MT) start.


Utah Valley (UVU) 21, CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) 17

184         Bryan Battisto (CSUB) def. Will Sumner, 6-4 

197         Tanner Orndorff (UVU) def. Matt Williams, 14-4 

285         Dustin Dennison (UVU) def. Dominic Balmer, 13-3

125         Mitch Brown (UVU) def. Sean Nickell, 9-2  

133         Jarod Maynes (UVU) def. Carlos Herrera, 7-3    

141         Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) def. Trevor Willson, 6-0  

149         Coleman Hammond (CSUB) def. Grant LaMont, by TF at 6:56 (19-2)           

157         Raider Lofthouse (UVU) def. Jacob Thalin, 9-7                         

165         Lorenzo De La Riva (CSUB) pinned Koy Wilkinson, at 4:49        

174         Kimball Bastian (UVU) def. Mark Penyacsek, 8-0