Cal Poly Falls to Boise State, 23-16, in Final Dual Meet of 2016-17 Season

Ty Schilling (gold), shown in earlier match this season, earned 8-4 decision against Boise State.
Ty Schilling (gold), shown in earlier match this season, earned 8-4 decision against Boise State.

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BOISE, Idaho — Four times this season, the Cal Poly wrestling team won a dual meet by capturing the final bout.

Spencer Empey won three bouts by decision against Indiana, West Virginia and Northern Colorado while Colt Shorts earned a decision to lead the Mustangs over CSU Bakersfield.

Cal Poly trailed Indiana 18-12 with two bouts to go, West Virginia 7-0 and 15-10 with three bouts left, CSU Bakersfield 18-14 with two bouts to go and Northern Colorado 14-0 and 18-6 before capturing the final four bouts.

On Sunday at Boise State, Cal Poly won the final three bouts, but fell too far behind in the first seven matches and couldn't come back from a 23-3 deficit, falling 23-16 in a Pac-12 Conference dual meet inside Bronco Gym.

Coach Jon Sioredas' Mustangs finished their dual meet schedule with a 6-10 record, including a 1-4 Pac-12 mark. The six victories are the most since the 2011-12 squad also won six matches. Boise State improved to 2-8 and 1-3 with a match later Sunday against Arizona State.

Only points for Cal Poly in the first seven bouts were earned by 141-pounder Ty Schilling as the redshirt freshman scored an 8-4 decision over Rami Haddadin. Schilling tallied a reversal and two-point near fall in the second period for a 7-3 lead and went on to post his eighth win of the season.

After Boise State won six of the first seven matches, Mustang 184-pounder Sohrab Movahedi got Cal Poly back on the scoreboard with a 4-1 decision over Kadyn Del Toro. Movahedi (14-5) snapped a 1-1 tie with an escape and takedown in the final period for his seventh straight victory.

Thomas Lane and Spencer Empey followed with technical falls at 197 and 285, respectively.

Lane (13-12) scored a trio of four-point near falls on his way to a 19-2 win over Harley DiLulo while Empey (16-14) did the same in a 15-0 triumph over Gabriel Gonzalez.

Cal Poly nearly won two other bouts but Boise State claimed both in overtime.

At 149, Joshy Cortez and Dakota Wall battled to a 5-5 draw in regulation. Neither wrestler scored in the first overtime period. Cortez escaped in the second period, but Wall tallied an escape and takedown in the final period for an 8-7 decision.

At 174, Travis Berridge and Austin Dewey finished regulation in a 1-1 draw before Dewey scored a takedown in the first overtime for a 3-1 decision.

Cal Poly will spend the next two weeks getting ready for the Pac-12 Championships, to be hosted by Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 26. The NCAA Division I National Championship will be held March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cal Poly (16) at Boise State (23):
125 — Will Bardezbain (BSU) tech. fall Brandon Staley (CP) 21-4 (6:27)
133 — Josh Newburg (BSU) maj. dec. Yoshi Funakoshi (CP) 13-4
141 — Ty Schilling (CP) dec. Rami Haddadin (BSU) 8-4
149 — Dakota Wall (BSU) dec. Joshua Cortez (CP) 8-7 OT (TB-1)
157 — No. 32 Fred Green tech. fall Joe Granger (CP) 16-0 (5:05)
165 — Demetrius Romero (BSU) dec. Luke Wilson (CP) 6-3
174 — Austin Dewey (BSU) dec. Travis Berridge (CP) 3-1 SV
184 — Sohrab Movahedi (CP) dec. Kadyn Del Toro (BSU) 4-1
197 — Thomas Lane (CP) tech. fall Harley DiLulo (BSU) 19-2 (5:44)
285 — Spencer Empey (CP) tech. fall Gabriel Gonzalez (BSU) 15-0 (7:00)