BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - No. 4 Minnesota (5-1) defeated CSUB (0-2) 26-6 in NCAA Division I Wrestling action Saturday in the Icardo Center.
"I was pleased with our overall effort," said CSUB Head Coach Mike Mendoza. "Our guys learned today that they cannot let up against tough opposition. On paper, they were ranked ahead of us, but we put we were able to put ourselves in positions to win in just about every match."
The dual opened at 197 pounds where No. 5 Sonny Yahn defeated No. 18 Riley Orozco 7-4 to give the Golden Gophers a quick lead. At heavyweight, Ben Berhow handed David Morgan a 9-3 defeat to double up the Minnesota lead.
No. 6 Zach Sanders pushed the Golden Gophers' advantage to 10-0 with a 21-10 major decision over Frank Lomas.The Roadrunners got on the board at 133 where Jose Mendoza posted 8-6 victory over Bart Reiter. Mendoza led 6-1 after the first three minutes. Reiter earned an escape and a two-point takedown in the second periord, but Mendoza secured the win with a two-point takedown early in the final stanza. Reiter recorded a takedown with 44 seconds to go to make it the final 8-6.
Elijah Nacita took a 4-3 first period lead over No. 2 Mike Thorn, but Thorn battled back to take a 8-5 decision. Thorn remained undefeated this season at 141 pounds (15-0). Danny Zilverberg rallied from being 6-4 down in the first period to John Cardenas to take the 149-pound bout 8-6.
Andrew Balch recovered from being on the bottom for most of the first period to earn a 7-5 victory against Alex Ortiz at 157. Trailing 2-1 (and down by almost three minutes in riding time) at the end of one, Balch posted a two-point reversal at the 1:29 mark of the second period to the lead. Balch continued to press, recording a three-point near fall with just under one minute to go in the second frame. Ortiz charted a reversal with 1:08 to go in the match, but a Balch escape created a 7-4 lead with 45 seconds to go. Balch got the victory despite Oritz maintaing a 1:15 riding time advantage.
No. 6 Cody Yohn defeated No. 16 Trevor Hall took a 11-5 decision at 165. No. 10 Scott Glasber also posted a 11-5 victory for Minnesota at 174, defeating Joey Granata. The final match of the day saw No. 15 Kevin Steinhaus earn a majority decision victory over Brady Garner 18-6.
16 of the 20 wrestlers who competed in the dual were ranked in at least one of the six Division I Wrestling polls. The Roadrunners return to the mats on Sunday when CSUB hosts San Francisco State in a 2 p.m. tilt.
No. 4 Minnesota 26, CSUB 6
197 Sonny Yohn (M) def. Riley Orozco, 7-4
285 Ben Berhow (M) def. David Morgan, 9-3
125 Zach Sanders (M) def. Frank Lomas, 21-10
133 Jose Mendoza (CSUB) def. Bart Reiter, 8-6
141 Mike Thorn (M) def. Elijah Nacita, 8-5
149 Danny Zilverberg (M) def. John Cardenas, 8-6
157 Andrew Balch (CSUB) def. Alex Ortiz, 7-5
165 Cody Youhn (M) def. Trevor Hall, 11-5
174 Scott Glasber (M) def. Joey Granata, 11-5
184 Kevin Steinhaus (M) def. Brady Garner, 18-6