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Cal Poly to Open 2018-19 Wrestling Season Saturday at Menlo Open

Cal Poly to Open 2018-19 Wrestling Season Saturday at Menlo Open
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly's third wrestling season under head coach Jon Sioredas begins Saturday at the Menlo Open hosted by Menlo College.
 
Sioredas plans to take six of his first-string wrestlers to the day-long meet along with several redshirts and/or newcomers. Competition begins at 9 a.m. inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion.
 
Scheduled to compete are veterans Yoshito Funakoshi (133 pounds), Ryan Farina (141), Tyler Schilling (149) and Nic Iversen (285) along with redshirt freshmen Brawley Lamer (157), Joe La Rosa (165), Jack Huber (174), Willem DeBoer (197) and Samuel Aguilar (285), junior redshirt Seville Hayes (285) and true freshman Nathan Tausch (174).
 
With a large number of freshmen and redshirts on the squad, Sioredas put together a schedule for the 2018-19 season that included six tournaments prior to the postseason.
 
"We are tournament heavy this year to provide a higher match count and gain necessary experience with our young roster," Sioredas said in announcing the schedule earlier this month. "We have 15 freshmen or redshirt freshmen on the roster this year."
 
The Mustangs also will compete in tournaments at Army West Point, CSU Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Reno and the Midlands hosted by Northwestern.
 
Headlining Cal Poly's roster this season is junior 197-pounder Tom Lane (pictured above), who posted a 16-11 record a year ago en route to a spot in the NCAA Division I National Championship
 
Other top returnees include junior 184-pounder Matt Wilhelm (15-7 a year ago), senior 157-pounder Joshy Cortez (12-11) and 285-pound sophomore Nic Iversen (6-6).
 
Several wrestlers who redshirted last season and competed well in open tournaments dot the roster as well, including 165-pounder Brawley Lamer (11-5), 133-pounder Wyatt Cornelison (9-6), 157-pounder Joe La Rosa (6-5) and 285-pounders Samuel Aguilar (7-6) and Seville Hayes (7-4).
 
The Mustangs will compete in nine duals this season, seven of them on the Cal Poly campus. Opening dual of the 2018-19 season will be a week from Saturday against Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.
 
Sioredas offered a weight class by weight class look at his squad for the upcoming season.
 
125: Junior Brandon Staley, who earned three wins two years ago but battled injuries last season and did not wrestle in a match, will be returning to the 125-pound weight class and will split time this season with true freshman Benny Martinez (Eastlake High School). 
 
"Both of these guys have been working hard and are very poised in their approach to the sport. It is great to have Brandon healthy again and Benny has been a great addition to our program. We plan to redshirt first-year freshman Hunter Sparks, a two-time Oregon state champion and senior national finalist. 
 
133: Yoshi Funakoshi will move back up to 133 pounds for his senior campaign after winning three matches at 125 a year ago. Cornelison (Clovis High School) will challenge Funakoshi for the top spot. 
 
"We love both of these guys and they continue to push each other to make each other better every day. This is one of two weights that we will travel with two guys."
 
141: Ryan Farina will get the nod at 141 pounds after competing at 149 and 165 last year, earning a trio of wins. 
 
"Farina gained valuable experience last season by competing at the Pac-12 tournament as a redshirt freshman. Back down to his proper weight class, we are excited to see Ryan continue to develop and he has earned this opportunity with his consistency." 
 
149: Redshirt freshman David San Miguel (Bellarmine Prep, San Jose) has positioned himself as a threat and will be competing at 149 pounds this season, overcoming injuries suffered last year. 
 
"His work ethic and dedication are truly something special. His thought process is different and he has emerged as a leader amongst the team and has lofty goals set for himself. It is exciting to be part of his journey." 
 
157: Team captain Joshy Cortez will redshirt this year to prepare for his senior campaign next season. He will compete in five open tournaments, as well as the Midlands Championships, and multiple freestyle events throughout the year. Redshirt freshman Brawley Lamer (Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, Oregon) has emerged as the starter for 2018-19. 
 
"Brawley has worked very hard this past year in the weight room and wrestling room to position himself for a successful year." 
 
165: Redshirt freshman Joe La Rosa (Pitman High School, Tulare, Calif.) and true freshman Dylan Miracle (Madera South High School) will battle for the spot at 165. 
 
"Joe is very competitive and has made significant gains since his arrival at Cal Poly a year ago. Dylan will also be a valuable option this season. We are excited to see these guys continue to push each other for the starting spot." 
 
174: Nate Tausch (Poway High School), another true freshman in the lineup this year, will get the nod at 174. 
 
"He brings a high-tempo style and is very durable. We are eager to see him continue to improve throughout the season. Nate is a sponge and a workhorse, and has been a wonderful addition to our team." 
 
184: Team captain Matt Wilhelm, a redshirt junior, continues to improve after a run to the Pac-12 finals a year ago. 
 
"He will be a solid 184-pounder this year after a mid-season bump last year. Matt's tenacity and drive have allowed him to develop into a true pillar in our program."  
 
197: Another team captain, Lane continues to improve his game. 
 
"He advanced to day two of the NCAA tournament last year as only a sophomore and has been putting in the extra work to continue to excel at a high level. Willem DeBoer (Frontier High School, Bakersfield, Calif.), a redshirt freshman, adds depth to the weight class." 
 
285: "We have three guys fighting for the spot at heavyweight — sophomore Nic Iversen, redshirt freshman Samuel Aguilar (Sultana High School, Apple Valley, Calif.) and senior Seville Hayes. It will be interesting to see who begins to separate themselves from the pack. It is great to have three valuable options at the weight."