BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—In a return to the dual wrestling portion of the schedule, CSU Bakersfield edged West Virginia 19-18 Wednesday night. 

Competing in a dual for the first time since Nov. 11, the night began for the ‘Runners at 141 pounds where No. 11 Russell Rohlfing earned a major decision (13-3) over Joe Wheeling. Christian Monserrat put the Mountaineers into the lead at 149 when he pinned Coleman Hammond at 3:34.

Jacob Thalin would return the advantage for good to the Roadrunners with his 8-3 victory at 157 pounds against Dayton Garrett. At 165 pounds, Lorenzo De La Riva, ranked 13th by Track Wrestling defeated the previously undefeated Dylan Cottrell 9-6. Cottrell is ranked fourth in both the Intermat and Track Wrestling polls.

At 174, Matt Penyascek earned an 8-2 decision over Ty Millward to increase the CSUB lead to 10. At 184, the Roadrunners’ Bryan Battisto and West Virginia’s Park VonEgidy combined for four reversals in the third period before Battisto earned the final scoring opportunity. Battisto’s reversal with three seconds remaining put him up 7-6 before a 1:01 riding time advantage made it the final 8-6.

The 197-pound bout featured a pair of wrestlers ranked in the Intermat top 20 as WVU’s Jacob A. Smith (No. 6) defeated Matt Williams (No. 18) by a 6-2 count. The heavyweight match looked as if the Roadrunners would fall behind the Mountaineers. CSUB’s Alex Encarnarcion-Strand was leading Brandon Nagti 3-0 to begin the third period when his right knee appeared to have caught in the mat on a Nagti takedown.

Encarnarcion-Strand used 1:27 of his allotted 1:30 of injury time before deciding to continue. This decision paid off for the Roadrunners as the redshirt senior would gut out a 6-4 victory and give CSUB a 19-9 lead. The Roadrunners’ Sean Nickell (ranked 17th by the Amateur Wrestling News) and WVU’s Devin Brown would end regulation tied at four. Brown earned the victory with a takedown 22 seconds into overtime. This decision clinched the dual victory for the Roadrunners. With CSUB leading 19-12, Cory Stainbrook pinned Carlos Herrera with five seconds remaining in the first period to make it the final 19-18 score.

“We had some mixed results tonight,” said CSUB head coach Manny Rivera. “Giving up two wins is very disappointing in a couple of the matches that I thought we were favored. In my opinion we should have won by a lot more. We have to stay ready and get better for Sunday with a much better Stanford team coming in. We have to wrestle better than this.”

The Roadrunners (3-1) host No. 15 Stanford (2-1) in the Pac-12 opener for both schools Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Icardo Center.  West Virginia falls to 0-7 in dual competition this season.

CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) 19, West Virginia (WVU) 18

141         Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) def. Joe Wheeling, 13-3                                             

149         Christian Monserrat (WVU) pinned Coleman Hammond, at 3:34                   

157         Jacob Thalin (CSUB) def. Dayton Garrett,8-3

165         Lorenzo De La Riva (CSUB) def. Dylan Cottrell, 9-6                                           

174         Matt Penyacsek (CSUB) def. Ty Millward, 8-2

184         Bryan Battisto (CSUB) def. Parker VonEgidy (WVU), 8-6

197         Jacob A. Smith (WVU) def. Matt Williams, 6-2

285         Alex Encarnarcion-Strand (CSUB) def. Brandon Nagti, 6-4                              \

125         Devin Brown (WVU) def. Sean Nickell, 6-4 (SV) 

133         Cory Stainbrook (WVU) pins Carlos Herrera, at 2:55