BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--Cal Poly defeated Bakersfield 25-6 in the Pac-12 and the overall dual opener for both squads Thursday night in CSUB's Old Gym.
The meet began at 165 pounds where Sohrab Movahedi defeated David Meza (R-So., Fullerton, Calif., Buena Park HS) 12-11 as he recorded a takedown with 18 seconds remaining in the bout. In a battle of two former Pac-12 Champions at 174 pounds, Dominic Kastl used a second period takedown to defeat Bryce Hammond (R-So., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) 2-1.
Sean Dougherty earned a major decision (12-1) to defeat Sean Pollock (R-Jr., Oceanside, Calif., Rancho Buena Vista HS) at 184. The 197-pound match featured a pair of competitors from the same hometown (Murrieta, Calif.) and saw Reuben Franklin (Vista Murrieta HS) get the 'Runners on the board with a 11-4 victory over Nick Johnson.
The Mustangs' Britain Longmire was called for stalling with 20 seconds remaining in the third period of the 125-pound match against Zach Zimmer (R-Jr., Fresno, Calif, Indiana Univ.) to send it into overtime where Longmire took down Zimmer 34 seconds into the extra frame and earn the 4-2 sudden death victory. Ian Nickell (R-So., Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield HS) would pick up the final Bakersfield tally of the night when he defeated defending Pac-12 133-pound champion Devon Lotito 7-3.
Colton Shorts (141), Blake Kastl (149), and Max Schneider (157) would win the final three matches for the Mustangs to give Cal Poly the final 19-point margin of victory.
"We have a lot of work to do," said Bakersfield head coach Mike Mendoza. "I was suprised at some the performances. We need some improvement at some of the weight classes. The lineup is not set yet. There will be some challenge matches (to determine our starters). We will have a different lineup the next time we wrestle (in a dual).
The Roadrunners will send members of the team to the Fresno City College U-21 Open Saturday before returning home Nov. 15 for a tri-dual against App State and Grand Canyon beginning at 4:30 p.m.