BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -â€“ Just two days after it was announced that the sport will be discontinued following the conclusion of the 2010 season, the CSUB wrestling team took to the mat with a vengeance Saturday against UC Davis, winning nine of 10 bouts in a 39-4 blowout in the Icardo Center.
The Roadrunners (7-6, 2-5 Pac-10) won the opening six bouts, beginning with a huge come-from-behind decision by Joey Granata at 165 pounds. The CSUB junior was down 10-3 to Joey Wilson with 30 seconds to go in the second period. He earned an escape before the buzzer and entered the final period down five points. The final two minutes were all Granata as he quickly scored an escape and takedown to cut the spread to three. He then earned a penalty point when Wilson was called for fleeing the mat. Wilson pushed his lead back to three, 11-8 with an escape, but Granata score a takedown and two-point nearfall in the final 45 seconds for the 12-11 victory.
At 174 pounds, Troy Goodban turned in a come-from-behind victory of his own, using an escape and takedown in the second period to take a 5-4 lead. He gave up an escape to Alex Darkhovsky to start the third, but held the riding time advantage and claimed a 6-5 win.
Redshirt freshman Mike Larson earned a 7-3 decision over Rory McBryde at 184 pounds, pushing the Roadrunner team lead to 9-0.
At 197 pounds, Riley Orozco brought the crowd to its feet with an 18-3 technical fall against Shawn Hoehne. Orozco concludes the dual portion of the season with a perfect 9-0 record, and sits at 19-6 overall on the year.
The heavyweight match featured a pair of top 20 ranked wrestlers in No. 12 Mitch Monteiro and No. 16 Ricky Alcala. Monteiro led just 2-0 after the opening period, but picked up the pace as the bout progressed, scoring a takedown and three-point nearfall in the second to push his lead to 7-1, before finishing with an 11-2 major decision.
Frank Lomas kept the streak going with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Chris Armendariz at 125 pounds, giving the Roadrunners a 23-0 advantage. The lone UC Davis win came at 133 pounds where No. 15 Brandon Low secured a 17-7 major decision over Justin Durham.
No. 12 ranked Elijah Nacita was just one point shy of a technical fall at 141 pounds, claiming a 14-0 major decision over Bryan Osuna. Sam Barnhart took a forfeit win at 149 pounds and Andrew Balch closed out the night with an emphatic pin of Trevor Machado-Ching to give CSUB the final 35-point spread.
The Roadrunners have two weeks to prepare for the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, hosted by UC Davis, on Feb. 26-28.
CSUB 39, UC Davis 4
165 – Joey Granata (CSUB) dec. Joey Wilson (UCD), 12-11
174 – Troy Goodban (CSUB) dec. Alex Darkhovsky (UCD), 6-5
184 – Mike Larson (CSUB) dec. Rory McBryde (UCD), 7-3
197 – Riley Orozco (CSUB) tech. fall Shawn Hoehne (UCD), 18-3
HWT – Mitch Monteiro (CSUB) maj. dec. Ricky Alcala (UCD), 11-2
125 – Frank Lomas (CSUB) tech. fall Chris Armendariz (UCD), 15-0
133 – Brandon Low (UCD) maj. dec. Justin Durham (CSUB), 17-7
141 – Elijah Nacita (CSUB) maj. dec. Bryan Osuna (UCD), 14-0
149 – Sam Barnhart (CSUB) wins by forfeit
157 – Andrew Balch (CSUB) fall Trevor Machado-Ching (UCD), 6:00
Courtesy of CSUB Sports Information