Bears Drop First Dual of the Season at Cal State-Fullerton, 29-12
FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Northern Colorado wrestling team sent out a lineup with seven freshmen in the Bears' debut and the squad put up some inspiring performances, but Cal State-Fullerton was able to edge out a 29-12 victory on Friday night at Titan Gym.
Freshman Kenny Hashimoto pulled a big upset at 141 pounds with an 8-6 win over CSF's Juan Mora. Mora is a two-time national qualifier and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 Conference at 141 pounds.
Northern Colorado's Shawn Hart picked up the Bears' second win of the night at 174 pounds. Hart scored an 11-4 win over the Titans' Craig Wilkerson.
Fullerton won its third consecutive dual meet in improving to 3-1 overall. The Bears fell in their dual meet opener and are now 0-1 overall.
Cal State Fullerton junior Risto Marttinen earned a pin 46 seconds into the third period against Caleb Van Vorst, giving the Titans a commanding 17-3 lead in the overall scoring at the time. Five other Fullerton wrestlers earned major decisions on the night, including Angelo Lago, who defeated Sean Coughlin, 20-6.
Jeff Silva, Jesse Taylor, Landon Seefeldt, and Jesse Miramontes were the other major decision victories.
Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Dec. 19 as the Titans head to Reno, Nev., for the Tournament of Champions.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 29, NORTHERN COLORADO 12
133 - Paul Tice (CSF) dec. Kyle Kaiser (UNC), 8-5 141 - Kenny Hashimoto (UNC) dec. Juan Mora (CSF), 8-6 149 - Jeff Silva (CSF) maj. dec. Nathan Gerrard (UNC), 11-1 157 - Angelo Lago (CSF) maj. dec. Sean Coughlin (UNC), 20-6 165 - Risto Marttinen (CSF) pinned Caleb Van Vorst (UNC), 5:46 174 - Shawn Hart (UNC) dec. Craig Wilkerson (CSF), 11-4 184 - Jesse Taylor (CSF) maj. dec. Cole Allison (UNC), 13-4 197 - Landon Seefeldt (CSF) maj. dec. Tim Sexton (UNC), 13-4 HWT - Sam Safken (UNC) wins by forfeit 125 - Jesse Miramontes (CSF) maj. dec. Blayze Bahe (UNC), 16-7