BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield wrestling team held its annual Blue-Gold dual to kick off the 2016-17 season Saturday night. The Gold defeated the Blue by a 20-17 count.
The dual began at 174 pounds where the Gold’s Matt Penyacsek defeated Bryan Battisto 9-2. In the 184-pound bout, Dylan Bollinger tied the dual for the Blue team with a 9-4 victory over Mark Penyacsek.
Matt Williams, moving back to 197 this season from heavyweight, put the Gold back into the lead with a pin of Jacob Sieder at 1:42. In the heavyweight match; Alex Encarnarcion-Strand defeated Dominic Balmer 12-1.Sergio Mendez extended the Gold advantage to five with an 8-2 victory over Sean Nickell at 125 pounds.
Carlos Herrera defeated Everett Pratt 7-2 at 133 pounds to again extend the Gold lead. Russell Rohlfing got the Blue back on the scoreboard with a major decision (11-3) against Tyler Lawrence in the 141-pound bout.
Coleman Hammond, ranked 18 in two preseason polls at 149 pounds, defeated Kalani Tonge by tech fall 20 seconds into the third period. Sean O’Rourke put the Blue into striking distance with a 5-3 victory over Jacob Thalin at 157 pounds. With the Gold leading 20-14, Matt Penyascek came back to wrestle at 165 pounds for the Gold and faced Lorenzo De La Riva in the final match of the night. De La Riva built up over three minutes in riding time which helped him to a 6-4 victory, but it wasn’t enough for the Blue as the Gold held on for a 20-17 victory.
“We were trying to make the dual competitive by the way we split the teams up,” said CSUB head coach Manny Rivera. “It was a good opportunity to see what our guys needed to work on. Matt Penyacsek did a nice job tonight. We knew it would be a competitive match at 165 between Matt and Bryan Battisto. He came back and wrestled well against Lorenzo.
The regular season begins Nov. 5 when CSUB hosts California Baptist at 6 p.m. Fans wishing to purchase season tickets can contact Logan Belz at (661) 654-BLUE. For ticketing options, including the all-new mat side seating for 2016-17, visit GoRunners.com/tix.
CSU Bakersfield Blue-Gold Dual---Gold 20, Blue 17