SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sohrab Movahedi's takedown with seven seconds remaining sparked the Cal Poly wrestling team to a come-from-behind 21-18 victory over Northern Colorado in a non-conference dual meet Sunday afternoon in Mott Athletics Center.
Trailing 3-2, Movahedi scored the go-ahead points for a 4-3 decision over No. 20-ranked Dylan Gabel at 184 pounds as Coach Jon Sioredas' Mustangs overcame 14-0 and 18-6 deficits for their sixth dual meet victory of the season.
For Movahedi (pictured above), it was his sixth consecutive win as the junior improved his season record to 13-5.
Cal Poly (6-8) won six of the 10 bouts and four of the six victories were by one or two points.
"We are proud of the way our team competed today, especially our upper weights," said Sioredas. "However, we still have some work to do before the Pac-12 Championship."
After Northern Colorado (1-8) won the first three bouts by a fall and two major decisions for a 14-0 advantage, Mustang 149-pounder Joshy Cortez began the comeback with a 6-5 decision over Ben Polkowske.
Cortez jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first period with a pair of takedowns and added escapes in each of the final two periods for his 12th win of the season.
At 157, No. 18-ranked Colt Shorts and Northern Colorado's Jimmy Fate were locked in a scoreless duel for two periods. Fate nearly rode out the third period for what appeared to be a 1-0 victory on riding time but locked his hands with four seconds to go, giving Shorts a penalty point and a 1-1 tie.
Shorts scored the only takedown of the bout 27 seconds into the overtime period for the 3-1 decision.
Northern Colorado 165-pounder Keilan Torres recorded his team's third major decision of the dual meet for an 18-6 Bears lead with four bouts to go.
All four were won by the Mustangs.
Xavier Johnson overcame a 3-2 deficit with a second-period reversal and added an escape, takedown and riding time in the final period for an 8-3 decision over Tanner Davis at 174.
Movahedi's 4-3 upset of Gabel at 184 closed the gap to 18-12.
At 197, Mustang redshirt freshman Thomas Lane (12-11) sprinted to a 12-0 lead in the first period with a takedown, a pair of four-point near falls and two penalty points before Jamarcus Grant was warned for stalling a fourth time and disqualified with 12 seconds to go in the opening period.
The disqualification gave Cal Poly six team points and knotted the team score at 18-18 heading into the final bout.
And for the second consecutive dual meet, the Mustangs prevailed by the same score. Cal Poly edged CSU Bakersfield 21-18 last week at Righetti High School as Shorts scored a 6-0 decision in the final bout.
This time, it was Spencer Empey clinching the dual for the Mustangs with a 2-0 decision over Jack Kuck at 285.
After a scoreless first period, Empey tallied an escape in the second period and was awarded a point in the third period as Kruk was penalized for stalling, resulting in the victory and lifting Empey's mark for the season to 15-13.
Cal Poly, which closed out the home portion of its dual meet schedule with Sunday's win and snapped a three-match losing streak to the Bears — Northern Colorado still leads the series 3-2 — visits Oregon State on Friday and Boise State on Sunday for Pac-12 duals.
Stanford will host the Pac-12 finals Feb. 26, with the NCAA Division I National Championship slated for March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Northern Colorado (18) at Cal Poly (21):
125 — No. 28 Trey Andrews (UNC) pinned Brandon Staley (CP) 6-0
133 — Rico Montoya (UNC) maj. dec. Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) 11-2
141 — No. 24 Timmy Box (UNC) maj. dec. Ty Schilling (CP) 21-8
149 — Joshy Cortez (CP) dec. Ben Polkowske (UNC) 6-5
157 — No. 18 Colt Shorts (CP) dec. Jimmy Fate (UNC) 3-1 SV
165 — No. 25 Keilan Torres (UNC) maj. dec. Luke Wilson (CP) 9-0
174 — Xavier Johnson (CP) dec. Tanner Davis (UNC) 8-3
184 — Sohrab Movahedi (CP) dec. No. 20 Dylan Gabel (UNC) 4-3
197 — Thomas Lane (CP) by disqualification over Jamarcus Grant (UNC) 2:48
285 — Spencer Empey (CP) dec. Jack Kuck (UNC) 2-0
Photo © 2017 Matt Aguirre / Cal Poly Athletics