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Cal Poly to Host Buffalo for Dual Wrestling Meet on Saturday

Cal Poly to Host Buffalo for Dual Wrestling Meet on Saturday
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Fresh off a season-opening dual meet victory over San Francisco State, the Cal Poly wrestling team welcomes Buffalo for the second of seven home duals Saturday inside Mott Athletics Center.
First bout begins at noon. Cal Poly celebrates Youth Day, with all youth 13 and under admitted free. In addition, a free Youth Wrestling Clinic will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Coach Jon Sioredas' Mustangs (1-0) defeated San Francisco State 29-15 outdoors on the Richard O'Neill Green in front of about 2,500 fans, including those attending the Stampede Club barbecue held prior to each Cal Poly home football game.
Benny Martinez (125 pounds), Nathan Tausch (174) (pictured above) and Tom Lane (197) all won by fall while Bernie Truax (165) earned a technical fall for the Mustangs. Jake Ryan (141) and Samuel Aguilar won by decision.
Buffalo brings a 1-2 mark to California with a match scheduled for Friday night at CSU Bakersfield before meeting the Mustangs on Saturday. The Bulls fell to No. 3 Wisconsin 33-3 and No. 24 Purdue 32-8 while defeating Long Island 37-3.
Lane, who needed just 1 minute, 17 seconds, to pin his San Francisco State opponent, is ranked No. 7 by Trackwrestling and will face one of Buffalo's two nationally ranked matmen, sophomore Sam Schuyler (5-1), ranked No. 13, in Saturday's feature bout at 197 pounds.
Lane, a two-time national qualifier who owns a 67-43 career mark at Cal Poly, and Schuyler, 8-9 as a redshirt freshman a year ago, have never met in a collegiate match.
Buffalo's other nationally ranked wrestler is 133-pounder Derek Spann, ranked No. 16 by Trackwrestling with a 5-3 mark this year and 40-18 for his career.
Cal Poly and Buffalo are meeting for the first time in a dual meet. The two teams both competed in the Michigan State Open three weeks ago.
For Cal Poly, Junior Fernandez placed fifth at 133 pounds while Martinez (125) and Aguilar (285) both placed sixth, all in the frosh-soph division. Truax posted a 3-2 mark at 165 pounds in the Open Division.
Buffalo's Spann was sixth in the Open Division at 133 pounds while Schuyler finished sixth at 197.
As in the last few years, the Mustangs are fielding a relatively young group of wrestlers with two seniors and no juniors joining eight freshmen and sophomores in the projected lineup Saturday.
Other home duals this season are against 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.
Probable Lineups
Cal Poly (1-0)
125 -- Benny Martinez (4-3), Sophomore, Eastlake, Calif.
133 -- Junior Fernandez (4-3), Freshman, Upper Lake, Calif.
141 -- Jake Ryan (1-0), Redshirt Freshman, Oakdale, Calif.
149 -- Joshy Cortez (0-1), Senior, Temecula, Calif.
157 -- Brawley Lamer (1-3), Sophomore, Corvallis, Ore.
165 -- Bernie Truax (4-2), Redshirt Freshman, Oceanside, Calif.
174 -- Nathan Tausch (1-0), Sophomore, Poway, Calif.
184 -- Trent Tracy (0-1), Freshman, Bakersfield, Calif.
197 -- Tom Lane (1-0), Senior, Garden City, N.Y.
285 -- Sam Aguliar (4-1), Sophomore, Apple Valley, Calif. 
Buffalo (1-2)
125 -- Jordan Reyes (2-3), Freshman, Grande Ronde, Ore.
133 -- Derek Spann (5-3), Junior, Boonville, N.Y.
141 -- John Arceri (1-2), Senior, Huntington, N.Y., or Marcus Robinson (0-1), Redshirt Freshman, Arkansas City, Kan.
149 -- Chris Meloni (2-2), Senior, Shoreham, N.Y., or Kyle Todrank (1-4), Senior, Evansville, Ind.
157 -- Hunter Shaut (5-4), Freshman, Mohawk, N.Y.
165 -- Troy Keller (3-3), Senior, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
174 -- Jake Lanning (1-4), Sophomore, Pontiac, Ill.
184 -- Pete Acciardi (4-4), Redshirt Freshman, Woodcliffe Lake, N.J.
197 -- Sam Schuyler (5-1), Sophomore, Kings Park, N.Y.
285 -- Will Leonard (1-2), Freshman, New Windsor, N.Y., or Nolan Terrance (1-3), Senior, Akwesasne, N.Y.
Photo of Nathan Tausch courtesy of Nathan Nybakke |