BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield wrestling team returns to dual action this week with a pair of duals this week.

The week begins for the Roadrunners (2-1) with a dual Wednesday night against West Virginia.  The dual begins at 6 p.m. WVU is 0-5 prior to a Tuesday dual at Cal Poly. The Mountaineers have two ranked wrestlers in 165-pounder Dylan Cottrell and 197-pounder Jacob A. Smith.

Cottrell is familiar with CSUB as he competed against the Roadrunners as part of the App State team that came to Bakersfield during his freshman season in 2013. This is the second time that the ‘Runners and WVU are wrestling each other. CSUB defeated the Mountaineers 20-17 on Jan. 16, 1999 in the only other dual competition.

CSUB opens Pac-12 dual action Sunday against Stanford. The Cardinal are 2-1 in duals this season. Stanford’s Connor Schram (15th, 133), Joey McKenna (2nd, 141), Keaton Subjeck (18th, 165), Jim Wilson (16th, 174), and Nathan Butler (9th, 285) are ranked in the Intermat polls this week.

CSUB took a 27-10 all-time series lead last season when the Roadrunners defeated the Cardinal 22-16 during the 2015-16 campaign.

Three CSU Bakersfield wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes Dec. 30 at the 54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.

Lorenzo De La Riva faced the No. 2 seed, Rider’s Chad Walsh in the 165-pound semifinals. De La Riva posted the first points of the match with a takedown early in the first period. De La Riva was in the top position for over a minute before Walsh earned a two-point reversal to tie the match. De La Riva quickly earned a two-point reversal to re-take the lead.

De La Riva earned 1:44 in riding time in the first period and took the bottom to begin the second. Walsh was called for stalling for the second time, awarding De La Riva a point. Walsh, who remained on top, posted a two-point near fall to cut the lead to one. De La Riva was called for stalling as his riding time advantage was wiped away by Walsh who would end up with 15 seconds of riding time as the second came to a close.

De La Riva was on top to begin the third as Walsh quickly earned a two-point reversal which led to a four-point near fall. Back-to-back De La Riva stall calls made it 12-5 in favor of Walsh. Walsh charted another two-point near fall. With over a minute of riding time, Walsh won the match 15-5.

De La Riva dropped into the consolation semifinals to face Iowa’s Alex Marinelli. A pair of Marinelli takedowns combined with over three minutes of riding time would send De La Riva into the fifth place match 5-1.

The fifth place match was a quarterfinal rematch as De La Riva took on Kaleb Young of Iowa (unattached) once again. Young took an early lead and held on for a 9-4 victory.  

Russell Rohlfing placed sixth at 141 pounds. Rohlfing advanced into the consolation semifinals when he was awarded a victory via injury default against South Dakota State’s Henry Pohlmeyer. In the consolation semis, Rohlfing, the sixth seed, met up with the seventh seed, Iowa’s Topher Carlton. Carlton used the top position to take an early 3-1 lead.

Rohlfing battled back for an escape and he took Carlton down for a 4-3 lead. With the Hawkeye wrestler holding over two minutes in riding time to begin the third, Rohlfing stayed on top for the final period to earn the 4-3 decision. Rohlfing dropped a 7-4 decision to the 12th seed, Chad Red of Nebraska (Unattached) in the consolation semifinals. Rohlfing wrestled for fifth place against Kanen Storr of Iowa State. Storr would defeat Rohlfing 7-5.

Matt Williams would finish seventh.  Williams defeated Riley Lefever of Wabash 7-2 in the consolation quarterfinals. In the consolation semis, Williams faced Northern Illinois’ Shawn Scott. Trailing 3-0 into the final minute of the match, Williams got a late takedown, but Scott’s riding time advantage would make it a 4-2 final score.

Williams wrestled for seventh place against Northwestern’s Jacob Berkowitz. In a rematch of the tournament opener for both wrestlers saw the score tied at four to begin the third period. Williams scored a two-point reversal from the down position that was followed by a four-point near fall. Williams would take seventh by a 11-6 score.

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