Cal Poly Concludes Dual Meet Schedule at Oregon State, Boise State

Cal Poly Concludes Dual Meet Schedule at Oregon State, Boise State

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly wraps up the dual meet portion of its 2016-17 wrestling schedule this weekend with Pacific-12 Conference matches at Oregon State and Boise State.

Friday's dual in Corvallis, Oregon, begins at 3 p.m. while Sunday's matchup starts at 1 o'clock.

Oregon State enters Friday's match with a 3-6 overall mark with wins over Northern Colorado, Stanford and Boise State. The Beavers are 37-10 all-time against Cal Poly, earning a 31-12 win at Mott Athletics Center a year ago. The Mustangs last beat the Beavers 18-15 on Jan. 21, 2011, in Corvallis.

Four Beavers are ranked by the NCAA Division I wrestling coaches panel.

Jack Hathaway (14-9) is ranked No. 27 at 141 pounds while Joey Delgado (14-7) is No. 18 at 149. In addition, Corey Griego (19-8) sports a No. 17 ranking at 197 and Cody Crawford (18-5) is ranked No. 22 at 285.

Crawford and Hathaway both were Pac-12 champions and NCAA qualifiers two years ago while Delgado was a Pac-12 champion three years ago and a two-time NCAA qualifier. Griego was a Pac-12 runner-up and NCAA qualifier a year ago.

Oregon State is coached by Jim Zalesky, in his 11th season with the Beavers after a nine-year stint as head coach at Iowa. Zalesky is 125–53-2 at Oregon State and was 127-34 at Iowa with three NCAA titles. He wrestled for Iowa in the early 1980s and was a four-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion at 158 pounds, ending his Hawkeye career with an 89-match winning streak.

Zalesky's coaching career also includes three years as an assistant coach at Minnesota and seven seasons as an assistant under legendary Iowa coach Dan Gable, with Zalesky serving as head recruiter. His brother Lennie was head coach at UC Davis for nine seasons before the Aggies dropped the sport following the 2009-10 season.

Boise State brings a 1-8 record into Sunday's dual meet, defeating Utah Valley 32-14 on Dec. 10. The Broncos also host Arizona State after its dual with the Mustangs.

Lone Bronco ranked by the coaches panel is 157-pounder Fred Green (17-15), listed in the No. 32 position. Green is a redshirt freshman, posting a 29-10 record in open tournaments a year ago.

Boise State is 16-12 against Cal Poly, though the Mustangs earned a 23-15 victory a year ago outdoors in the University Union plaza.

Greg Randall is in his 15th season as head coach at Boise State. He has led the Broncos to four Pac-12 Championships and five runner-up finishes as well as eight top-25 finishes at the NCAA Championships. A 1987 graduate of Iowa, Randall was a three-time NCAA All-American for legendary coach Dan Gable.

Cal Poly has one nationally ranked wrestler in 157-pounder Colt Shorts, 19-11 for the year and ranked No. 18 after his 3-1 overtime win over Jimmy Fate of Northern Colorado on Sunday. His triumph helped the Mustangs to a come-from-behind 21-18 victory over the Bears.

Cal Poly is 6-8 for the year in duals, the most wins by the Mustangs since the 2011-12 season. Cal Poly's other wins this season are over San Francisco State, Indiana, Cal Baptist, West Virginia and CSU Bakersfield.

Each of Cal Poly's last two wins are by 21-18 scores and the Mustangs had to rally from large deficits and win the last bout to clinch the duals. Shorts was a 6-0 winner to lift Cal Poly over CSU Bakersfield two weeks ago and Spencer Empey's 2-0 win at 285 climaxed the triumph over Northern Colorado.

The Mustangs trailed the Roadrunners 4-0 and 18-14 and Cal Poly had to overcome 14-0 and 18-6 deficits to beat the Bears.

In addition to Shorts, Mustangs with winning marks include Travis Berridge (11-6) at 174, Empey (15-13) (pictured above) at 285, Thomas Lane (12-11) at 197, Colton Schilling (12-8) at 141, Mitch Woods (11-5) at 184 and Sohrab Movahedi (13-5), also at 184. Movahedi has won six straight matches.

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

Probable Lineups
Cal Poly (6-8, 1-2 Pac-12)
125 — Brandon Staley (2-5), Redshirt Freshman, Oviedo, FL
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (8-14), Sophomore, Torrance, CA
141 — Colton Schilling (12-8), Junior, Sweet Home, OR or Ty Schilling (7-10), Redshirt Freshman, Sweet Home, OR
149 — Joshy Cortez (12-15), Sophomore, Temecula, CA
157 — No. 18 Colt Shorts (18-11), Senior, Canonsburg, PA or Joe Granger (8-6), Sophomore, Vista, CA
165 — Luke Wilson (9-12), Junior, Santa Maria, CA
174 — Xavier Johnson (5-7), Senior, Brentwood, CA or Travis Berridge (11-6), Senior, Brandon, FL
184 — Mitch Woods (11-5), Senior, Camino, CA or Sohrab Movahedi (13-5), Junior, Northridge, CA
197 — J.T. Goodwin (6-9), Senior, Stockton, CA or Thomas Lane (12-11), Redshirt Freshman, Garden City, NY
285 — Spencer Empey (15-13), Junior, Sparks, NV

Oregon State (3-6, 2-1 Pac-12)
125 — Kegan Calkins (9-13), Sophomore, Wheaton, IL
133 — Joey Palmer (20-5), Senior, Covington, WA
141 — Jack Hathaway (14-9), Junior, Iowa City, IA
149 — Joey Delgado (14-7), Senior, Hermiston, OR
157 — Abraham Rodriguez (5-12), Junior, Hermiston, OR
165 — Weston Dobler (8-17), Redshirt Freshman, West Fargo, ND or Rodney Williams (3-13), Sophomore, Kaneohe, HI
174 — Bob Coleman (4-17), Freshman, Hermiston, OR
184 — Seth McLeod (6-4), Redshirt Freshman, Post Falls, ID
197 — Corey Griego (19-8), Sophomore, Apple Valley, CA
285 — Cody Crawford (18-5), Junior, Turner, OR

Boise State (1-8, 0-3 Pac-12)
125 — Will Bardezbain (6-11), Junior, Chehalis, WA
133 — Josh Newberg (6-13), Junior, Kelso, WA
141 — Rami Haddadin (1-9), Senior, Sandy, UT
149 — Dakota Wall (7-17), Redshirt Freshman, Boise, ID
157 — Fred Green (17-15), Redshirt Freshman, Orting, WA
165 — Demetrius Romero (19-13), Redshirt Freshman, Meridian, ID
174 — Austin Dewey (22-11), Senior, Boise, ID
184 — Kadyn Del Toro (15-14), Sophomore, Tacoma, WA
197 — Harley DiLulo (7-17), Jnior, Meridian, ID
285 — Gabriel Gonzalez (8-14), Junior, Fresno, CA