Cal Poly to Host Northern Colorado for Final Home Dual Meet on Sunday

Senior 174-pounder Travis Berridge brings 11-6 record into Sunday's dual against Northern Colorado.
Senior 174-pounder Travis Berridge brings 11-6 record into Sunday's dual against Northern Colorado.


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly's final home dual meet of the 2016-17 wrestling season will be held on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Mustangs will host Northern Colorado, with the first bout slated to begin at noon.

Cal Poly split a pair of dual meets last Saturday at Righetti High School. After falling to No. 24 North Dakota State 30-6, the Mustangs edged Central California rival CSU Bakersfield 21-18.

Senior Colt Shorts snapped an 18-18 deadlock with a 6-0 decision in the final bout to put Cal Poly over the top, raising the Mustangs' record to 5-8 for the season and 1-2 in Pac-12 duals.

Northern Colorado enters Sunday's dual with a 1-6 mark, falling 35-6 to No. 14 Oklahoma last Sunday in Greeley, Colo. Only winners for the Bears were 125-pounder Trey Andrews and 165-pounder Keilan Torres, both by decision.

Andrews and Torres are two of four nationally ranked wrestlers on the Northern Colorado roster. Andrews, ranked No. 28, is now 20-12 after his win last week while Torres, ranked No. 25, improved to 20-10.

Other nationally ranked Bears are 141-pounder Timmy Box (21-8), ranked No. 24, and Dylan Gabel (18-7), ranked No. 20 at 184 pounds.

Northern Colorado's lone dual meet win this season was a 29-12 nod over Boise State. In addition to Oklahoma, the Bears have lost to North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Oregon State, Iowa State and Arizona State.

Northern Colorado, which wrestles at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, is coached by Troy Nickerson. In his third season with the Bears, Nickerson was an assistant coach at Iowa State for two seasons and also served as co-head coach of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club from 2011-2012 in Ithaca, N.Y. He wrestled at Cornell from 2006-10, earning All-American honors all four seasons, including a national championship at 125 pounds in 2009 and a pair of runner-up finishes.

A year ago in Greeley, Colo., Northern Colorado edged the Mustangs 22-19, improving its advantage in the series to 3-1. Cal Poly's lone win over the Bears was a 22-16 decision in 2007 at the Mott Athletics Center.

Shorts is ranked anywhere from No. 18 to No. 20 in the major national wrestling polls, sporting an 18-11 record with four falls.

Other Mustangs scheduled to compete Sunday with winning or .500 marks include Colton Schilling (12-8) at 141 pounds, 174-pounder Travis Berridge (11-6), 184-pounders Mitch Woods (11-5) and Sohrab Movahedi (12-5), 197-pounder Thomas Lane (11-11) and 285-pounder Spencer Empey (14-13).

In addition to CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly has beaten San Francisco State, Indiana, Cal Baptist and West Virginia. The Mustangs' five dual meet wins this season are the most since the 2011-12 squad posted a 6-7 mark.

Next week, Cal Poly will wrap up the dual meet portion of its schedule with Pac-12 matches at Oregon State on Friday, Feb. 10, and at Boise State on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Stanford will host the Pac-12 Conference Championship on Sunday, Feb. 26, with the NCAA Division I National Championship slated for March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Probable Lineups
Cal Poly (5-8, 1-2 Pac-12)
125 — Isaac Blackburn (3-13), Sophomore, Auburn, CA
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (8-13), Sophomore, Torrance, CA
141 — Colton Schilling (12-8), Junior, Sweet Home, OR or Ty Schilling (7-9), Redshirt Freshman, Brownsville, OR
149 — Joshy Cortez (11-15), Sophomore, Temecula, CA
157 — No. 18 Colt Shorts (18-11), Senior, Canonsburg, PA
165 — Luke Wilson (9-11), Junior, Santa Maria, CA
174 — Xavier Johnson (4-7), Senior, Brentwood, CA or Travis Berridge (11-6), Senior, Brandon, FL
184 — Mitch Woods (11-5), Senior, Camino, CA or Sohrab Movahedi (12-5), Junior, Northridge, CA
197 — J.T. Goodwin (6-9), Senior, Stockton, CA or Thomas Lane (11-11), Redshirt Freshman, Garden City, NY
285 — Spencer Empey (14-13), Junior, Sparks, NV

Northern Colorado (1-6, 0-4 Big 12)
125 — No. 28 Trey Andrews (20-12), Senior, Safford, AZ
133 — Rico Montoya (11-10), Sophomore, Las Vegas, NM
141 — No. 24 Timmy Box (21-9), Senior, Bakersfield, CA
149 — Ben Polkowske (12-11), Junior, LaJara, CO
157 — Jimmy Fate (5-7), Freshman, Berthoud, CO or Tyler Kinn (2-8), Junior, Glendive, MT
165 — No. 25 Keilan Torres (20-10), Junior, Altus, OK
174 — Dalton Robertson (8-10), Freshman, Keensburg, CO or Tanner Davis (3-10), Junior, Spokane, WA
184 — No. 20 Dylan Gabel (18-7), Sophomore, Parker, CO
197 — Jamarcus Grant (6-8), Freshman, Aloha, OR
285 — Jack Kuck (7-14), Senior, Windsor, CO