BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -– Elijah Nacita got a second straight big win over rival Chris Drouin, but only two other CSUB wrestlers were able to earn individual wins as the Roadrunners fell 25-13 to No. 22 nationally ranked Arizona State in a Pac-10 dual Sunday in the Icardo Center.
Nacita and Drouin, ranked No. 12 and No. 11, respectively, in the nation, hold a rivalry that dates back to their prep days. Nacita capped his high school career with an 8-7 win over Drouin in the California State Championships, and won his first Pac-10 title in 2009 by defeating Drouin 9-8. Two weeks ago at the Reno Tournament of Champions, Nacita earned an 8-1 win and today, the Bakersfield native picked up a big 13-5 major decision, moving his season record to 12-9.
Nacita took over early, scoring eight unanswered points in the opening period. Drouin scored an escape and takedown to being the second period, but Nacita would not fold, adding an escape and takedown of his own to close out the period up 11-3. Nacita added a quick escape to start the third, and despite a Drouin takedown in the waning seconds, added riding time to his score for the eight-point victory.
Earlier in the dual, Riley Orozco earned his first win by fall of the season, pinning the Sun Devils’ Anthony Pike with five seconds remaining in the second period. Orozco built an early lead with two first-period takedowns, then added two more during the second period to lead 8-3. Holding the top position in the final seconds, Orozco turned Pike on his back and scored the fall at the 4:55 mark.
The heavyweight match featured a pair of top 25 opponents in No. 16 Mitch Monteiro and No. 15 Erik Nye. After a scoreless first period, Monteiro earned the match’s first point with an escape to start the second. A Nye takedown and Monteiro escape left the wrestlers tied 2-2 entering the third and final period. Nye chose the down position, then earned an escape and takedown with 1:10 remaining. Monteiro escaped with just over a minute to go, but could not get the tying takedown, falling 5-3.
At 165 lbs., Granata earned CSUB’s final win of the day with a last second reversal against Kyle DeBerry. The Sun Devil led 2-1 after the first period, but a Granata reversal to start the second gave the Roadrunner junior a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. With 40 seconds remaining, DeBerry took back the lead with a takedown, but Granata fought around and scored the final reversal with one second remaining, earning the 5-4 decision.
Arizona State’s Anthony Robles, ranked No. 3 nationally at 125 lbs. won 13-1 over CSUB’s Frank Lomas and Ben Ashmore pinned Tyler Iwamura at 133 lbs. for ASU’s extra-point victories. Jake Meredith took a 5-1 decision over Mike Larson at 184 lbs., Vincente Varela won 12-5 over John Cardenas at 149 lbs., Mike Swigart won 4-3 over Andrew Balch at 157 lbs. and Erik Starks won 4-3 over Trevor Hall at 174 lbs.
The Roadrunners hit the road for their next two duals, beginning with a Jan. 8 meeting with Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. in Fullerton.
125 – No. 3 Anthony Robles (ASU) maj. dec. Frank Lomas (CSUB), 13-1
133 – Ben Ashmore (ASU) fall Tyler Iwamura (CSUB), 1:21
141 – No. 12 Elijah Nacita (CSUB) maj. dec. No. 11 Chris Drouin (ASU), 13-5
149 – Vincente Varela (ASU) dec. John Cardenas (CSUB), 12-5
157 – Michael Swigart (ASU) dec. Andrew Balch (CSUB), 4-3
165 – Joey Granata (CSUB) dec. Kyle DeBerry (ASU), 5-4
174 – Eric Starks (ASU) dec. Trevor Hall (CSUB), 4-3
184 – Jake Meredith (ASU) dec. Mike Larson (CSUB), 5-1
197 – RIley Orozco (CSUB) fall Anthony Pike (ASU), 4:55
HWT – No. 15 Erik Nye (ASU) dec. No. 16 Mitch Monteiro (CSUB), 5-3