Bears' Wrestlers Fall Short in a Pair of Duals in California
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of Northern Colorado suffered a pair of losses on Sunday in double-dual action against Cal State-Bakersfield (40-9) and San Francisco State (25-15). Northern Colorado drops to 0-3 on the season in dual action.
CAL STATE-BAKERSFIELD 40
NORTHERN COLORADO 9
The young Bears squad fell victim to the pin against Bakersfield. CSB tallied five pins on the day, while the Bears could only manange one fall in the matchup.
141-pounder Kenny Hashimoto gave the Bears plenty of momentum early on in the match with a pin over CSB's Juan Rodas. Hashimoto's pin tied the dual at 6-6 after the Bears' Kyle Kaiser suffered a fall against Matt Sanchez.
The Bears looked to continue the momentum and 149-pounder Nathan Gerrard gave a full effort but dropped an 8-6 overtime decision to Brandon Doyle. Gerrard trailed 5-1 entering the third period but rallied to force overtime. However, Doyle notched a takedown in the extra session and stymied the Bears' rally.
Bakersfield then failed to let the pressure off the Bears' necks as they ran off four straight pins to take a 33-6 advantage in the dual.
The Bears' Shawn Hart tried to stop the Bakersfield run in the 174-pound matchup. It did not look good early on for Hart as he fell behind 8-1. However, Hart rallied and tied the match 8-8 entering the third period. But Hart got caught in a pinning move and suffered the losing fall at 5:20 in the match.
Northern Colorado's Tim Sexton stopped the CSB run with a 3-2 decision over Ryan Bergman. Sexton's victory pulled the Bears to within 33-9.
CSB won the final two matches to finish off the Bears, 40-9.
133 - Matt Sanchez (CSB) pinned Kyle Kaiser, 5:35 141 - Kenny Hashimoto (UNC) pinned Juan Rodas, 2:33 149 - Brandon Doyle (CSB) dec. Nathan Gerrard, 8-6 (OT) 157 - Brian Busby (CSB) pinned Sean Coughlin, 2:08 165 - Christian Arellano (CSB) pinned Caleb Van Vorst, 2:53 174 - Jason Carrasco (CSB) pinned Shawn Hart, 5:20 184 - Scott O'Rear (CSB) pinned Cole Allison, 3:45 197 - Tim Sexton (UNC) dec. Ryan Bergman, 3-2 HWT - Eric Parker (CSB) dec. Sam Safken, 8-4 125 - Efran Ceballos (CSB) maj. dec. Blayze Bahe, 16-4
SAN FRANCISCO STATE 25
NORTHERN COLORADO 15
Northern Colorado wasted little time after the Bakersfield loss with another dual against San Francisco State. The Bears did not come out sharp against SFSU and fell behind 19-3 after five matches and the outlook looked bleak.
However, the middle portion of the Bears' lineup came alive and ran off three straight wins to pull Northern Colorado to within 19-15 with two matches remaining.
174-pounder Shawn Hart started the comeback with a pin over SFSU's Joel Cervantes at 4:59 of their match. Cole Allison continued the Bears' strong play at 184 pounds with a 7-4 decision over Tim Pridmore. Freshman 197-pounder Tim Sexton showed why he's in the lineup with a 4-3 decision over SFSU's Chris Bostick, which pulled the Bears within striking distance at 19-15 and two matches left.
But San Francisco State was able to withstand the rally and scored a pair of victories to close out the dual. Northern Colorado heavyweight Sam Safken tallied a takedown with 10 seconds left in his match with Daren Murphy to pull within two points of Murphy. But Murphy was able to hang on for a 6-4 dual clinching victory.
133 - Kyle Kaiser (UNC) dec. Alek Butler, 9-5 141 - Donald Lockett (SFSU) dec. Kenny Hashimoto, 3-2 149 - Pacifico Garcia (SFSU) pinned Nathan Gerrard, 2:59 157 - Jaime Alvarez (SFSU) pinned Sean Coughlin, 4:38 165 - Justin Switzler (SFSU) maj. dec. Caleb Van Vorst, 13-6 174 - Shawn Hart (UNC) pinned Joel Cervantes, 4:59 184 - Cole Allison (UNC) dec. Tim Pridmore, 7-4 197 - Tim Sexton (UNC) dec. Chris Bostick, 4-3 HWT - Daren Murphy (SFSU) dec. Sam Safken, 6-4 125 - Brian Watanabe (SFSU) dec. Blayze Bahe, 4-2
NOTES: The Bears will be off until Jan. 7 when they travel to Orem, Utah to take on Utah Valley State ... Northern Colorado's home opener is set for Jan. 14 against Oregon State ... Northern Colorado dropped to 0-3 in dual action this season.