By Nikki Sanchez, GoRunners.com Staff Writer
CSUB wrestler Bryce Hammond (R-Fr., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) has been selected as CSUB’s Student Athlete of the Week for the week of March 4. Hammond is 33-8 for the ‘Runners this season.
Hammond joins fellow wrestler Tyler Iwamura (R-Sr., San Diego, Calif., Santa Fe Christian HS) as the only two CSUB wrestlers to be crowned champions at the Pac-12 tournament this past week in Tempe, Ariz. Hammond was 3-0 in tournament action and defeated the No. 1 seed Blake Stauffer 9-4 in the finals for the 174-pound weight class.
Hammond has been wrestling for the past 12 years and has had many successes in Bakersfield prior to his start at CSUB. Having wrestled for Bakersfield High School, Hammond was named Bakersfield Californian All Area Wrestler both in 2010 and 2011.
When asked about his mental preparation for the Pac-12 tournament Hammond states it was no different then the mentality he takes to the mat every match.
“I have to wrestle my style and be ready to battle and fight. It was the same thing in the Pac-12 Tournament.”
Hammond isn’t settling on just being the Pac-12 champion. He is looking for more success.
“It was great to win, but I’m not satisfied. I still want to win a national title.”
Hammond is an agricultural business major at CSUB and hopes to pursue a career in ranching after getting his degree.