Jan 26, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Cal Poly sent nine wrestlers to the 42nd Annual California Collegiate Open, hosted by San Francisco State on Saturday, and four returned home as place winners.
Bernie Truax placed second at 157 pounds while Seville Hayes claimed third place at 285 pounds. Finishing fourth were Hunter Sparks at 133 pounds and Nic Iversen at 285.
Truax earned two decisions and a major decision en route to a spot int he final round, where he was pinned by Tyler Eischens of Stanford in 3 minutes, 24 seconds.
Hayes (pictured above) and Iversen both reached the semifinals at 285 before falling, Iversen with a fall and decision prior to a 5-3 overtime loss to David Showunmi of Stanford and Hayes earning a decision and a major before also losing in overtime 3-1 to Zach Schrader of Cal Baptist.
Hayes and Iversen both won by decision in the consolation semifinals and met each other for third and fourth place, Hayes prevailing in a 3-2 decision.
Sparks earned 10-4 and 7-2 decisions to reach the semifinals at 133 before a fall in 1:17 sent him to the wrestlebacks. He won his next match with a 17-3 major decision to reach the consolation finals, where Sparks fell 5-4 to Anthony Vargas of Life Pacific.
Cal Poly placed 10th among the 26 schools, clubs and unattached wrestlers competing in the day-long tournament. Cal Baptist and San Francisco State both scored 70 points — the Lancers claiming the team title on a tiebreaker — and Menlo College was third with 68.5 points.
Cal Poly returns home to host three more dual meets, hosting Oregon State on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Fresno State on Feb. 9 and Air Force on Feb. 10.