Posted: Oct 29, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly opens its fourth wrestling season under head coach Jon Sioredas this weekend at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich.
As in the last few years, the Mustangs will field a relatively young group of wrestlers with no juniors and two seniors in the lineup this weekend.
One true freshman, a trio of redshirt freshmen and four sophomores will join two seniors in the one-day tournament inside Jenison Fieldhouse.
"We will have many new faces in the lineup this season," said Sioredas. "With several guys coming out of redshirt and a few freshmen wrestling out of the gate, it will make for an exciting year to see how our young team continues to develop and make strides."
Seniors Tom Lane and Joshy Cortez along with sophomore Brawley Lamer headline the 2019-20 Mustang lineup.
Lane (pictured above) is a two-time NCAA qualifier with a 66-43 career mark and is ranked No. 14 in his weight class by FloWrestling and No. 15 by InterMat. Cortez, a redshirt last year, has 40 career wins to his credit and Lamer won 11 matches in open tournaments during his redshirt year and 13 more last season.
"These guys have exemplified everything our program stands for and are great leaders on and off the mat," said Sioredas. "We cannot wait to get the season started and embark on the next chapter of Cal Poly Wrestling."
In addition to Cal Poly and Michigan State, teams entered in the one-day tournament Saturday include Buffalo, Central Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn, Pittsburgh and Purdue.
Cal Poly will welcome seven teams to San Luis Obispo for home dual meets, beginning with an afternoon match Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. on the Richard O'Neill Green. The dual with San Francisco State takes place at the Stampede Club Barbecue prior to the football game between the Mustangs and Eastern Washington at 5 o'clock.
Other home duals are against Buffalo on Nov. 23, Drexel on Dec. 19, Northern Illinois on Jan. 10 and Pac-12 duals versus Stanford on Jan. 17, CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 14 and Arizona State on Feb. 15.
A look at each of the 10 weight classes:
Sophomore Benny Martinez will get the nod this year again at 125 after earning nine victories a year ago. "He had a couple big wins in dual meets last season and has steadily improved over the summer," said Sioredas. First-year freshman Antonio Lorenzo, a Top 100 recruit from St. John Bosco High School, will redshirt this season.
Redshirt freshman Trae Vasquez, a two-time Montana state champion and two-time Fargo All-American, will make his debut this season at 133 pounds. Vasquez did not wrestle in any open tournaments during his redshirt season a year ago. True freshman Junior Fernandez, a California state medalist from Upper Lake High School, will also wrestle this year at 133.
Redshirt freshman Jake Ryan from Oakdale High School will begin his Cal Poly career at 141. Ryan did not compete in any open tournaments during his redshirt season a year ago. Sophomore Wyatt Cornelison, who posted six wins, two via fall, a year ago, will also be competing for the Mustangs at 141 this season.
Joshy Cortez (pictured at left) will come out of his redshirt season as a fifth-year senior. Currently nationally ranked, he was a Pac-12 finalist in 2018, and is one of the team's captains. "Joshy went an impressive 9-2 last year in open tournaments at 157," said Sioredas. "He will descend back down to 149 to make a run during his senior campaign." First-year freshman Legend Lamer, another Top 100 recruit, will redshirt.
Sophomore Brawley Lamer (pictured at right), voted as the most improved wrestler on the 2018-19 team, will be a staple at the 157-pound weight class after posting a 13-15 mark a year ago. "Brawley has been rapidly improving since arriving at Cal Poly," said Sioredas. "One of our team captains, Brawley's lead-by-example style of leadership spreads into our young team."
Bernie Truax, another star recruit a year ago, will be coming out of his redshirt year this season to help lead the Mustangs as a redshirt freshman. Truax, 14-7 with a fall and four technical falls in open tournaments as a redshirt a year ago, was a California state finalist and Fargo All-American. "Up from 149/157 last season, he brings a wealth of wrestling experience to our lineup and will be one to watch as he continues to grow and improve," said Sioredas.
Nathan Tausch is back at 174 as a sophomore after winning six matches with one fall as a true freshman a year ago. "The former California state finalist has continued to develop over the offseason and has grown into the weight class," said Sioredas.
True freshman Trent Tracy from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, another Top 100 recruit from the incoming nationally ranked Mustang recruiting class of 2019, will compete out of the gate at 184. Tracy was a California state champion at 170 pounds in 2018 and placed third in the 2019 state finals, compiling a 78-7 record in his final two prep seasons. True freshman Max Aguirre, also from Frontier High School, will see time in the lineup this season at 184 as well.
Team captain Tom Lane will look to improve on his top-12 finish at the 2019 NCAA National Championship, where he became the first Mustang in seven years to win his first two matches, upsetting the fifth and 12th seeds. "Tom's style of wrestling is fun to watch and has brought Cal Poly wrestling back into the national spotlight," said Sioredas.
Sophomore Sam Aguilar returns after double-digit wins last year as our freshman heavyweight. "Sam has put in the work to get bigger and stronger and has improved dramatically in his wrestling skill," said Sioredas. Top 100 recruit Victor Jaquez out of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose will redshirt this year as a first-year freshman.