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Cal Poly Wrestlers Rally to Beat CSU Bakersfield, 28-10

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Travis Rasmussen won by fall and Atticus Disney claimed a victory by technical fall as Cal Poly rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to beat CSU Bakersfield 28-10 in a Pacific-12 Conference dual wrestling meet Friday night at the Icardo Center.

Rasmussen (pictured at right) pinned Anthony Box in 1 minute, 23 seconds, to win the 157-pound bout while Disney capped the meet with a 21-5 technical fall over Steven Wood in the 285-pound bout, giving Brendan Buckley his first dual meet win as head coach of the Mustangs.

The dual meet was Cal Poly's first of the 2011-12 season. CSUB fell to 1-2.

"It was nice to start off the season with a win over an in-state rival and fellow PAC 12 member," said Buckley. "We do have a good deal of work to do.  While we did not start off strong in the dual, we certainly finished that way."

CSU Bakersfield won the opening three bouts by a pair of decisions and a major decision for a 10-0 lead. Cal Poly finally got on the scoreboard at 149 as two-time NCAA All-American Boris Novachkov, wrestling up a weight class, recorded three takedowns, a pair of escapes and riding time en route to a 9-4 win over Nick Cano.

Rasmussen's fall at 157 trimmed the Roadrunners' advantage to 10-9 -- Rasmussen and Box were teammates at Bakersfield High School -- and redshirt freshman Dominic Kastl gave Cal Poly the lead for good at 12-10 with a 3-2 decision over previously unbeaten Adam Fierro at 165.

"Kudos to Travis for providing a much needed spark at 156 while he was not at 100 percent," said Buckley.

Kastl notched a takedown and Fierro escaped in the first period. Fierro also escaped in the second period to tie the match, but Kastl escaped halfway through the final period for the win.

Ryan DesRoches earned a 9-3 win over Brady Garner at 174 pounds and Sean Dougherty continued Cal Poly's run with a 15-1 major decision against Reuben Franklin at 184.

Ryan Smith was a 12-3 winner by major decision over Jesus Ambriz at 197 and Disney's technical fall completed the Mustangs' streak of seven straight wins.

Cal Poly is ranked No. 20 by InterMat and No. 23 by WrestlingReport.com this week while CSU Bakersfield is unranked in both polls.

Cal Poly won last year's dual meet in opposite fashion, winning five of the first six bouts but needing a 9-7 overtime decision by Smith in the penultimate bout to secure the 23-12 victory.

Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield wrestled for the 44th time Friday night and, even though the Mustangs have won the last three duals, the Roadrunners still lead the all-time series 25-17-2. Cal Poly defeated CSU Bakersfield 22-18 in the 2009-10 season in Bakersfield.

Cal Poly will be idle for two weeks, returning to action Dec. 2-3 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Cal Poly (28) at Cal State Bakersfield (10):
125 -- Tyler Iwamura (CSUB) dec. Britain Longmire (CP) 2-0
133 -- Jose Mendoza (CSUB) dec. Brandan Rocha (CP) 5-3
141 -- Dalton Kelley (CSUB) maj. dec. Jake Tanenbaum (CP) 13-2
149 -- Boris Novachkov (CP) dec. Nick Cano (CSUB) 9-4
157 -- Travis Rasmussen (CP) pinned Anthony Box (CSUB) 1:23
165 -- Dominic Kastl (CP) dec. Adam Fierro (CSUB) 3-2
174 -- Ryan DesRoches (CP) dec. Brady Garner (CSUB) 9-3
184 -- Sean Dougherty (CP) dec. Reuben Franklin (CSUB) 15-1
197 -- Ryan Smith (CP) maj. dec. Jesus Ambriz (CSUB) 12-3
285 -- Atticus Disney (CP) tech. fall Steven Wood (CSUB) 21-5 (6:18)