SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Air Force won the first four bouts for a 12-0 lead and held on to defeat Cal Poly 21-10 in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Sunday afternoon in the Performing Arts Center' Harman Hall.
Colt Shorts earned a 10-0 major decision at 157 pounds as Coach Jon Sioredas' Mustangs mounted a mid-match rally, trimming the Falcons' advantage to 15-10 by winning three of the next four bouts.
But Air Force pulled away with decisions in the final two bouts, improving to 5-4 on the year. Cal Poly fell to 4-7.
Shorts (pictured above) improved to 17-10 on the year with a quick 6-0 start, scoring a takedown and a pair of two-point near falls in the first period. The senior added an escape in the second period and a takedown and riding time in the final period for the major.
Junior Luke Wilson followed with a 5-3 decision at 165 pounds and, after Travis Berridge lost a tough 3-1 decision at 174, Mitch Woods kept Cal Poly in the dual meet with a 5-4 win at 184, pulling the Mustangs to within five points at 15-10.
After a scoreless first period, Wilson scored an escape and takedown in the second period and another takedown in the last stanza for his win, evening his record at 9-9 for the year.
Woods, one of seven seniors and a junior honored during a pre-match Senior Day ceremony, rallied from an early takedown for his one-point triumph.
After scoring three escapes to pull to within 4-3, Woods tallied a takedown late in the second period for the lead and, with Zen Ikehara choosing the neutral position for the final period, neither wrestler scored, preserving the 5-4 win for Woods, who is now 10-5 on the year with four straight wins and victories in nine of his last 11 bouts.
Cal Poly trailed by five points with two bouts remaining and, for a moment, it appeared as if Short's bonus point at 157 with the major might be the difference in the outcome of the dual meet.
Parker Hines and Kerry Powers, however, earned decisions for Air Force to end Cal Poly's comeback. Hines snapped a 6-6 tie with a takedown with 1:25 to en route to a 9-6 triumph over J.T. Goodwin while Powers scored an escape in the second period and rode Spencer Empey out in the final period for the riding time point and a 2-1 decision.
Air Force won seven of the 10 bouts, all by decision.
In addition to Woods, honored during Senior Day were seniors Shorts, Berridge, Goodwin, Xavier Johnson, Blake Kastl and Connor Pollock along with junior Clahy Teixeira, who has one year of eligibility remaining but will graduate next spring.
During intermission, about 25 members of Cal Poly's wrestling teams of the past were recognized, including several members of the Mustangs' eight NCAA Division II national championship squads of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Cal Poly will wrestle CSU Bakersfield and North Dakota State next Saturday at Righetti High School in Santa Maria.
Air Force (21) at Cal Poly (10):
125 — Drew Romero (AFA) dec. Isaac Blackburn (CP) 11-5
133 — Dylan Hyder (AFA) dec. Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) 6-0
141 — John Twomey (AFA) dec. Colton Schilling (CP) 4-0
149 — Jerry McGinty (AFA) dec. Joshy Cortez (CP) 3-1
157 — Colt Shorts (CP) maj. dec. Dane Robbins (AFA) 10-0
165 — Luke Wilson (CP) dec. Tyler Wiederholt (AFA) 5-3
174 — Michael Billingsley (AFA) dec. Travis Berridge (CP) 3-1
184 — Mitch Woods (CP) dec. Zen Ikehara (AFA) 5-4
197 — Parker Hines (AFA) dec. J.T. Goodwin (CP) 9-6
285 — Kerry Powers (AFA) dec. Spencer Empey (CP) 2-1
Photos © 2017 Matt Aguirre / Cal Poly Athletics