The idea of wrestling outdoors in late January may send a chill up the spines of college wrestlers and fans in most of the country… but not in California, as Cal Poly hosted its first outside dual meet, where Oregon State defeated the Mustangs, 22-12, on the plaza at University Union on the San Luis Obispo, Calif. campus Thursday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, light rain fell on the normally sun-kissed California college community for the first time in 50 days. However, the clouds parted in time for the wrestlers from the two Pac 12 schools to take to the mat in the great outdoors.
Oregon State won six of the ten matches, but the host team kept the team score close through most of the dual meet, knotting the score at 12-12 after seven bouts. However, the Beavers won the last three matches at 141, 149 and 157 pounds to leave with the win. It also helped that Oregon State earned bonus points in two of its victories: Joey Delgado’s major decision win at 141, and Taylor Meeks’ fall at 197.
With the win, Oregon State is now 9-5 for the season, and 3-0 in the Pac 12, while Cal Poly falls to 3-6 overall and, in Pac 12 competition, 1-2.
Although the final score may not have been to his liking, Cal Poly head wrestling coach Brendan Buckley served up an overall sunny assessment of the dual in the sun.
"The environment was fantastic," said the third-year coach. "I was happy for our guys to wrestle in an environment where there was such excitement. There was a lot of Cal Poly pride present today."
Even though wrestling is normally thought of as an indoor sport, the Cal Poly-Oregon State outdoor dual is not unprecedented. Wrestling matches at the ancient Olympics – as well as at the modern Olympics in the early 1900s – were conducted in the out-of-doors. In addition, a number of schools located where winters tend to be warm and sunny have held mat events outside. “Wrestling With The Devil” – a memoir of Italian immigrant Antonio Russo who wrestled for the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 1960s – describes his participation in a dual meet held on campus under the hot sun.
- 165: Toney Chay (OSU) dec. Travis Berridge (CP), 12-9
- 174: Dominic Kastl (CP) dec. Joe Latham (OSU), 6-4
- 184: Austin Morehead (OSU) dec. Sean Dougherty (CP), 17-12
- 197: Taylor Meeks (OSU) pinned Nicolas Johnson (CP), 1:54
- Hwt: Spencer Empey (CP) dec, Mick Dougharity (OSU), 8-3
- 125: Britain Longmire (CP) dec. Pat Rollins (OSU), 4-2 OT
- 133: Devon Lotito (CP) dec. Drew Van Anrooy (OSU), 5-0
- 141: Joey Delgado (OSU) maj. dec. Victor Trujillo (CP), 17-4
- 149: Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) dec. Kyle Chene (CP), 3-2
- 157: Jordan Hendrickson (OSU) dec. Luke McDonald (CP), 7-3
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