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