Cal Poly to Host Northern Colorado for Non-Conference Dual Friday

Cal Poly to Host Northern Colorado for Non-Conference Dual Friday
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Hosting its first seven dual meets of the 2018-19 season, the Cal Poly wrestling team's fourth dual is a non-conference matchup with Northern Colorado on Friday night inside Mott Athletics Center.
 
First bout begins at 7 p.m. Friday night's match is part of Alumni and Booster Weekend, which also includes honoring the 1966-69 Mustang teams at intermission, a no-host social at Leroy's following the dual meet and a crab feed and silent auction Saturday inside the Multi Activity Center on campus. Meathead Movers is sponsoring the events this weekend.
 
Cal Poly has competed in just three duals so far, losses to Cal Baptist, Northwestern and CSU Bakersfield. The Mustangs concentrated on competition in seven tournaments during the first two months of the season to give the younger members of the squad more experience.
 
Topping the list of performances for the Mustangs so far is a sixth-place finish by 197-pounder Tom Lane at the 56th annual Midlands Championships near Chicago, Illinois. in late December. Lane battled back from an opening-round loss to win five consecutive bouts in the wrestlebacks and is 14-8 on the year.
 
Joshy Cortez placed third at 157 pounds in the Roadrunner Open while three Mustangs placed in the Black Knight Invitational at Army West Point. Yoshito Funakoshi finished second at 133 pounds, Brawley Lamer was fourth at 157 and Ty Schilling claimed fifth place at 149.
 
Cal Poly also competed in two tournaments hosted by Menlo College as well as in the Las Vegas Invitational and the Reno Tournament of Champions.
 
Northern Colorado brings a 2-5 mark into tonight's match, defeating VMI and Hofstra in early December. The Bears have lost to Fresno State, West Virginia, Columbia, Oregon State and Oklahoma State and will wrestle at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday.
 
Coached by Troy Nickerson, Northern Colorado has a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers in Rico Montoya and Jacob Seely.
 
Montoya is ranked No. 17 at 125 by WIN Magazine with a 9-4 record. The senior is a two-time NCAA qualifier with a 71-45 career mark.
 
Seely sports a 9-3 record and is ranked No. 15 at 197 pounds. The junior qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships and owns a 31-21 career mark.
 
Bears 184-pounder Dalton Robertson is 9-6 and the junior has compiled a 25-22 career mark.
 
Nickerson is in his fifth season as head coach of the Bears following two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State. At Northern Colorado, Nickerson has coached a dozen NCAA qualifiers and 10 Big 12 Conference placers. He guided the Bears to a 22-20 win over Iowa State a year ago.
 
In addition to Lane, Cal Poly's other wrestlers in tonight's lineup with winning records are Schilling (9-8), Lamer (10-9), 165-pounder Joe La Rosa (2-1) and 184-pounder Willem DeBoer (9-8). Funakoshi is 6-6 on the year.
 
Northern Colorado edged Cal Poly 21-20 in last year's dual meet at Greeley, overcoming a 17-11 deficit in the final three bouts, and owns a 4-2 advantage in the series.
 
Cal Poly, which has used as many as seven freshmen in its dual meet lineup this season, will host three more dual meets after Friday night's matchup, hosting Oregon State on Feb. 2 for a Pac-12 match and Fresno State on Feb. 9 and Air Force on Feb. 10 in non-conference matchups. The Fresno State dual will be held in the Recreation Center.
 
After two more Pac-12 dual meets on the road in February, the Mustangs will compete in the Pac-12 Championship on March 9 at Arizona State, with the NCAA Division I National Championship slated for March 21-23 inside PPG Paints Arena at Pittsburgh, Penn.
 
Probable Lineups
Cal Poly (0-3)
125 — Benny Martinez (7-10), Freshman, Eastlake, CA
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (6-6), Senior, Torrance, CA
141 — Wyatt Cornelison (6-9), Redshirt Freshman, Clovis, CA
149 — Ty Schilling (9-8), Junior, Brownsville, OR
157 — Brawley Lamer (10-9), Redshirt Freshman, Corvallis, OR
165 — Joe La Rosa (2-1), Redshirt Freshman, Hughson, CA
174 — Nathan Tausch (5-9), Freshman, Poway, CA or Dylan Miracle (4-9), Freshman, Madera, CA
184 — Willem DeBoer (9-8), Redshirt Freshman, Bakersfield, CA
197 — Tom Lane (14-8), Junior, Garden City, NY
285 — Samuel Aguilar (8-10), Redshirt Freshman, Apple Valley, CA
 
Northern Colorado (2-5)
125 -- No. 17 Rico Montoya (9-4), Senior, Las Vegas, NM, or Michael Johnson (3-4), Sophomore, Lamar, CO
133 -- Sean Cannon (3-8), Junior, Las Vegas, NV
141 -- Chris Sandoval (1-5), Sophomore, Greeley, CO, or Owen Lamb (0-10), Sophomore, Wellington, CO
149 -- Armando Santillan (1-4), Sophomore, Aurora, CO or Dante Rodriguez (1-0), Senior, Kearney, NE
157 -- Jordan Robison (4-10), Sophomore, Frisco, TX
165 -- Macoy Flanagan (5-8), Sophomore, Platteville, CO
174 -- Seth Bogulski (2-8), Sophomore, Aurora, CO or Trenton Schultz (5-6), Sophomore, Highlands Ranch, CO
184 -- Dalton Robertson (9-6), Junior, Keensburg, CO
197 -- No. 15 Jacob Seely (9-3), Junior, Grand Junction, CO
285 -- Robert Winters (6-7), Sophomore, Stafford, VA
 
Photo above of Nathan Tausch in Northwestern dual courtesy of Owen Main | www.fansmanship.com