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Cal Poly Defeats CSU Bakersfield 25-6

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November 7, 2013

Live stats | Recap | Preview Cal Poly Opens 2013-14 Season With 25-6 Victory Over CSU Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The Cal Poly wrestling team jumped to a 16-3 lead in the first six bouts and breezed to a 25-6 victory over CSU Bakersfield in a season-opening Pac-12 Conference dual meet Thursday night in the Roadrunners' Old Gym.

 

A major decision by Sean Dougherty and decisions by Sohrab Movahedi, Dominic Kastl, Spencer Empey and Britain Longmire staked Coach Brendan Buckley's Mustangs to a 13-point advantage and Colt Shorts, Blake Kastl and Maxamillian Schneider sealed the verdict with decisions of their own.

 

A year ago, Cal Poly lost twice to CSU Bakersfield by scores of 27-13 and 22-10, and the Mustangs failed to win a dual meet against a Division I school, finishing 2-11 for the season.

 

Thursday's season-opening triumph -- the Mustangs won eight of the 10 bouts -- has signaled a turnaround.

 

"Tonight was a great start to the season," said Buckley. "Our young guys showed a good deal of poise to come from behind in several matches.

 

"We still have a good deal to work on and we will begin that work tomorrow," Buckley added.

 

The dual meet opened at 165 pounds with Movahedi, a true freshman from Northridge, opening his Mustang career by outscoring David Meza 12-11. Movahedi trailed 9-7 after two periods but scored an escape and two takedowns in the final stanza, the last with 18 seconds left, for the win.

 

The feature bout was at 174 pitting a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers. Mustang Dominic Kastl, the Pac-12 champion at 165 pounds two years ago before sitting out the 2012-13 season with a lower back injury, edged Bryce Hammond 2-1. Hammond claimed the Pac-12 crown at 174 last season.

 

Hammond escaped in the second period but Kastl scored a takedown moments later for a 2-1 lead and held on through a scoreless third period for the win, choosing the neutral position for the final period.

 

Dougherty gave Cal Poly a 10-0 advantage with a 12-1 major decision over Sean Pollock at 184, scoring a pair of takedowns and three-point near-falls, an escape and a riding time point.

 

After Reuben Franklin put CSU Bakersfield on the scoreboard with an 11-4 decision over Mustang 197-pounder Nicolas Johnson, Cal Poly won two more matches for its 16-3 lead.

 

In his first collegiate match, Empey posted a 7-3 decision at heavyweight with two takedowns, a pair of escapes and riding time while senior Britain Longmire (pictured above), who along with Dougherty were the only seniors in the Mustang lineup Thursday, earned a 4-2 overtime decision at 125 pounds, scoring a takedown 34 seconds into the first extra period.

 

CSU Bakersfield's second win was by Ian Nickell with a 7-3 decision over Mustang 133-pounder Devon Lotito, Cal Poly's lone national qualifier a year ago after capturing the Pac-12 title at 133 pounds. Lotito and Nickell split four matches a year ago.

 

The Mustangs closed out the dual meet with wins in the final three bouts.

 

Shorts earned a 9-5 decision at 141, Blake Kastl posted a 13-8 decision at 149 and Schneider was a 12-5 winner at 157. All three are redshirt freshmen.

 

Shorts, who erased a 5-4 deficit in the third period with a takedown and three-point near fall, beat Timmy Box, Pac-12 runner-up at 141 pounds a year ago. Blake Kastl tallied four takedowns, a pair of reversals and riding time for his win while Schneider recorded five takedowns, an escape and riding time.

 

Six of the Mustangs who wrestled Thursday night were true or redshirt freshmen.

 

Cal Poly returns to action Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Roadrunner Open, to be held in Selland Arena in Fresno.

 

Cal Poly (22) at CSU Bakersfield (6):

165 -- Sohrab Movahedi (CP) dec. David Meza (B) 12-11

174 -- Dominic Kastl (CP) dec. Bryce Hammond (B) 2-1

184 -- Sean Dougherty (CP) maj. dec. Sean Pollock (B) 12-1

197 -- Reuben Franklin (B) dec. Nicolas Johnson (CP) 11-4

285 -- Spencer Empey (CP) dec. Sam Cervantes (B) 7-3

125 -- Britain Longmire (CP) dec. Zach Zimmer (B) 4-2 OT

133 -- Ian Nickell (B) dec. Devon Lotito (CP) 7-3

141 -- Colt Shorts (CP) dec. Timmy Box (B) 9-5

149 -- Blake Kastl (CP) dec. Dalton Kelly (B) 13-8

157 -- Maxamillian Schneider (CP) dec. Spencer Hill (B) 12-5

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