BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield came from behind to defeat California Baptist 29-12 in the 2016-17 wrestling season opener for the Roadrunners Saturday night.

The dual began at 174 pounds where Nolan Kistler put California Baptist into the lead with 4-2 decision over Matt Penyacsek. Nick Fiegener, ranked fifth in the preseason Division II poll at 184 pounds, defeated Dylan Bollinger by major decision, 16-3.     

Matt Williams got the ‘Runners on the board with a 5-3 victory at 197 pounds against CBU’s Jake Waste. Paul Head extended the California Baptist advantage with a tech fall in the heavyweight bout against Alex Encarnarcion-Strand. Sean Nickell was awarded a forfeit at 125 pounds to cut the Lancers’ lead to 12-9.

Carlos Herrera’s four-point near fall with 22 seconds remaining in the third period gave the Roadrunner true sophomore a 9-5 victory over Armond Molina at 133 pounds. The result tied the dual at 12. Russell Rohlfing gave the Roadrunners their first lead of the night when he earned a 17-7 decision over Anthony Racobaldo in the 141-pound bout.

No. 18 Coleman Hammond extended the CSUB lead when he pinned Daxton Gordon with 20 seconds to go in the first period of the 149-pound match. Sean O’Rourke clinched the dual for CSUB with a 6-2 victory at 157 pounds. In the final bout of the night, Lorenzo De La Riva defeated Dominic Kincaid 17-9.

“I thought we had a good effort, but we had some slow starts,” said CSUB head coach Manny Rivera. “Guys fought back to get some wins and even they didn’t win, they fought back to get some points back and that’s a good sign. It’s a matter of getting off to a stronger start.”

CSUB returns to dual action next Friday night with a tri-dual against No. 12 Rutgers and San Francisco State. The tri-dual begins at 4 p.m. when CSUB faces the Gators. San Francisco State wrestles Rutgers at 5:45 p.m. before the night concludes with the Roadrunners facing the Scarlet Knights at 7:30 p.m.

CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) 29, California Baptist (CBU) 12

174        Nolan Kistler (CBU) def. Matt Penyacsek, 4-2      

184        Nick Fiegener (CBU) def. Dylan Bollinger,16-3  

197        Matt Williams (CSUB) def. Jake Waste, 5-3

285        Paul Head (CBU) def. Alex Encarnarcion-Strand by TF at 7:00 (17-2) 

125        Sean Nickell (CSUB) wins by forfeit                          

133        Carlos Herrera (CSUB) def. Armond Molina, 9-5                                                 

141        Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) def. Anthony Racobaldo, 17-7                                     

149        Coleman Hammond (CSUB) pins Daxton Gordon, at 2:40                                

157        Sean O'Rourke (CSUB) def. Kurt Becker, 6-2 

165         Lorenzo De La Riva (CSUB) def. Dominic Kincaid, 17-9



The Roadrunners sent a limited squad to the Bill Musick Open Saturday morning in Fresno. The tournament which was hosted by Fresno City College saw redshirt freshman Mark Penyacsek earn the 184-pound title. Penyacsek went 3-0 during the meet including a 7-2 victory over teammate Jacob Sieder in the finals. Sieder, who is redshirting this season, advanced to the finals with a pair of victories in the preliminaries. 

At heavyweight, freshman Jacob Snyder, a 2016-17 redshirt, took home top honors. Snyder, a Bakersfield native, defeated David Zavala of Cerritos College 4-0 in the finals. CSUB’s other entry at heavyweight Zak Levatino, placed third. Levatino lost in the quarterfinals to Zavala before winning two matches to make it to the third place contest. Levatino defeated Marco Valdiva of Rio Hondo College 7-2 to take third.

At 125 pounds, Alex Hernandez-Figueroa, who redshirting the 2016-17 season, finished third, going 4-1 on the day.

The Roadrunners will send nine entries, mostly comprised of redshirts, to the San Francisco State U-21 Open Nov. 6.