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Three Cal Poly Wrestlers Claim Titles at Season-Opening Menlo Open

Three Cal Poly Wrestlers Claim Titles at Season-Opening Menlo Open
 
MENLO-ATHERTON, Calif. -- A trio of Cal Poly wrestlers captured individual titles and the Mustangs claimed second place in the season-opening Menlo Open on Saturday.
 
Ben Martinez placed first at 125 pounds, Yoshito Funakoshi took the 133-pound crown and Joshy Cortez (pictured above) won the 157-pound championship.
 
"Our guys wrestled hard this weekend," said third-year Mustang head coach Jon Sioredas. "We especially enjoyed watching many of our freshmen compete." 
 
Martinez posted four decisions for his title, including a 6-3 nod over Greg Villoria of San Joaquin Delta College.
 
Funakoshi (pictured at left) needed just two wins, a fall in 1 minute, 30 seconds, and an 8-0 decision over Anthony Vargas of Life Pacific College to capture top honors at 133.
 
Cortez claimed his title with three victories, two decisions and a technical fall, for the crown at 157. He earned a 2-0 decision over Alejandro Garcia of Menlo for the title.
 
Three more Mustangs placed second.
 
Bernie Truax earned a technical fall, a fall in 3:26 and a major decision before falling 9-5 to Chris Gaxiola at 149.
 
Dylan Miracle finished second at 165, dropping an 8-7 decision to Luis Vargas, wrestling unattached.
 
Nathan Tausch was runner-up at 174. In the finals, he fell 20-2 in a technical fall to Brandon Dallavia of Stanford.
 
Finishing third for the Mustangs were Samuel Aguilar at 285 pounds and Willem DeBoer at 197.
 
"We have some things to work on to continue to get better, but it is a fun process when your guys are hungry," said Sioredas. "We have a fantastic group and I cannot be more excited." 
 
Menlo College finished atop the team standings with 130 points. Cal Poly was second at 110 and Life Pacific took third with 78 points.
 
Cal Poly will host Cal Baptist for its first dual meet of the 2018-19 season Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.