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Fresno State Wins First Six Bouts En Route to 41-6 Victory Over Cal Poly

Fresno State Wins First Six Bouts En Route to 41-6 Victory Over Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Freshman Benny Martinez earned his first fall as a Mustang, but Fresno State won the remaining nine bouts, two via fall, en route to a 41-6 victory over Cal Poly in a dual wrestling meet Saturday night in the Recreation Center.
 
Trailing 4-0 in the first period, Martinez (pictured at right) scored a reversal. The Eastlake, Calif., native then earned a takedown in the second period to tie the match at 4-4 and quickly pinned Robert Garcia IV in 4 minutes, 16 seconds, for the win.
 
It was the ninth win of the season for Martinez, a graduate of Eastake High School.
 
AJ Nevills at 285 pounds and Gary Joint at 133 both won by fall for Fresno State, wrestling at Cal Poly for the first time since February 2005. The Bulldogs dropped wrestling for 11 seasons, bringing the sport back to the campus for the 2017-18 campaign.
 
Fresno State won the first six bouts, capped by Nevills' fall, for a 25-0 lead and never looked back, improving to 9-6 on the year. Cal Poly fell to 0-6.
 
Jackson Hemauer at 184 pounds won by technical fall while Isaiah Hokit (165), Dominic Kincaid (174) and Chris Deloza (141) all won by major decision for the Bulldogs.
 
In the feature bout matching a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers, No. 13 Josh Hokit of Fresno State earned a 7-2 decision over Cal Poly's Tom Lane, ranked No. 17. 
 
Hokit scored a takedown in the first period, an escape in the second period and two more takedowns in the final period, giving up just a pair of escapes, for the victory, improving to 18-3 on the year. Lane, who had won eight of his last nine bouts, fell to 16-9.
 
Cal Poly returns to the mat Sunday for its final home dual meet of the season, hosting Air Force at 1 o'clock inside Mott Athletics Center.
 
Fresno State (41) at Cal Poly (6):
157 — Jacob Wright (FS) dec. Brawley Lamer (CP) 4-3
165 — Isaiah Hokit (FS) maj. dec. Joe La Rosa (CP) 15-5
174 — Dominic Kincaid (FS) maj. dec. Nathan Tausch (CP) 12-2
184 — No. 25 Jackson Hemauer (FS) tech. fall Willem DeBoer (CP) 15-0 (6:38)
197 — No. 13 Josh Hokit (FS) dec. No. 17 Tom Lane (CP) 7-2
285 — No. 20 AJ Nevills (FS) pinned Samuel Aguilar (CP) 2:05
125 — Benny Martinez (CP) pinned Robert Garcia IV (FS) 4:16
133 — Gary Joint (FS) pinned Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) 1:19
141 — Chris Deloza (FS) maj. dec. Wyatt Cornelison (CP) 10-2
149 — No. 19 Khristian Olivas (FS) won by forfeit
  Attendance — 450
 
Photo above of Benny Martinez courtesy of Nathan Nybakke | Photography805.com