Posted: Jan 29, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly continues its season-opening stretch of seven consecutive home dual meets Saturday afternoon with a Pac-12 Conference matchup against Oregon State.
First bout inside Mott Athletics Center begins at 1 p.m.
The Beavers, who wrestle at Fresno State on Thursday night, are 3-5 on the year but ranked No. 20 in WIN Magazine's tournament power index. Cal Poly brings an 0-4 dual meet record into Saturday's contest.
Oregon State is led by a trio of nationally ranked wrestlers. Topping the list are Ronnie Bresser, ranked No. 4 by WIN Magazine at 125 pounds this week, and 285-pounder Amar Dhesi, ranked No. 7. In addition, 157-pounder Hunter Willits is ranked No. 28 in the initial NCAA Coaches Rankings released last week.
Bresser is a three-time NCAA qualifier, placing seventh in the 2018 national championships. The two-time Pac-12 champion (2015 and 2018) and fifth-year senior currently owns a 16-1 record this season and 106-23 for his career.
Dhesi, who has missed two seasons due to a knee injury and was sidelined for the first half of the current campaign, is 3-1 this year and 87-20 for his Beaver career. Also a three-time national qualifier, the sixth-year senior placed third in the 2018 NCAA finals and fifth in 2016, claiming Pac-12 titles both seasons.
A sophomore, Willits is 18-6 this season.
Under head coach Jim Zalesky, Oregon State has beaten CSU Bakersfield 20-17, Northern Colorado 27-12 and Clackamas Community College 44-3 this season. Losses are to Arizona State, Michigan, North Dakota State, Wyoming and South Dakota State.
Zalesky is in his 13th season as head coach at Oregon State after guiding Iowa to three NCAA team championships. Zalesky's OSU teams have captured seven Pac-10/12 championships and finished either first or second 10 times. He's mentored 12 All-Americans and 28 conference champions and his 137 victories are third-most in school history.
Zalesky compiled a 127-34 dual meet record at Iowa, serving as head coach from the 1997-98 through 2005-06 seasons. His teams won NCAA titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and the Hawkeyes finished second in 2001 and 2004. Zalesky's teams captured three Big Ten team titles and his wrestlers won 10 NCAA individual titles and 45 All-America honors.
Zalesky wrestled for Iowa in the early 1980s and was a four-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion at 158 pounds, ending his Hawkeye career with an 89-match winning streak. Zalesky's coaching career also includes three years as an assistant coach at Minnesota and seven seasons as an assistant under legendary Iowa coach Dan Gable.
With a 34-11 victory over Cal Poly a year ago in Corvallis, Oregon State owns a 39-10 advantage in its series against the Mustangs. Cal Poly's last win over the Beavers was in Corvallis on Jan. 21, 2011, an 18-15 decision.
Cal Poly junior Tom Lane is ranked No. 17 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 24 by the NCAA Coaches Panel at 197 pounds and will carry a 15-8 record into Saturday's dual meet. The Garden City, N.Y., native has won seven of his last eight bouts and was a 2018 NCAA qualifier.
Cal Poly has competed in just four duals so far, all at home, losing to Cal Baptist, Northwestern, CSU Bakersfield and Northern Colorado. 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 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.
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 (pictured above) claimed fifth place at 149.
Cal Poly also competed in two tournaments hosted by Menlo College as well as in the Las Vegas Invitational, the Reno Tournament of Champions and the California Collegiate Open hosted by San Francisco State last weekend.
In addition to Lane, other Mustangs scheduled to compete Saturday who own winning records include Funakoshi (7-6), Schilling (10-8) and 285-pounder Seville Hayes (11-7), who placed third in the California Collegiate Open. Lamer sports a 10-10 mark.
Cal Poly, which has used as many as seven freshmen in its dual meet lineup this season, will host two more dual meets after Saturday's matchup, entertaining 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.
Cal Poly (0-4, 0-1 Pac-12)
125 — Benny Martinez (8-13), Freshman, Eastlake, CA
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (7-6), Senior, Torrance, CA
141 — Wyatt Cornelison (6-12), Redshirt Freshman, Clovis, CA
149 — Ty Schilling (10-8), Junior, Brownsville, OR
157 — Brawley Lamer (10-10), Redshirt Freshman, Corvallis, OR
165 — Joe La Rosa (2-4), Redshirt Freshman, Hughson, CA
174 — Nathan Tausch (6-9), Freshman, Poway, CA
184 — Willem DeBoer (10-11), Redshirt Freshman, Bakersfield, CA
197 — Tom Lane (15-8), Junior, Garden City, NY
285 — Samuel Aguilar (8-11), Redshirt Freshman, Apple Valley, CA or Seville Hayes (11-7), Senior, San Diego, CA
Oregon State (3-5, 1-1 Pac-12)
125 — Ronnie Bresser (16-1), Senior, Klamath Falls, OR
133 — Kegan Calkins (7-11), Senior, Wheaton, IL or Devan Turner (17-6), Sophomore, Dixon, CA
141 — Grant Willits (12-6), Redshirt Freshman, Pueblo, CO
149 — Josh Reyes (8-6), Senior, Portland, OR
157 — Hunter Willits (18-6), Sophomore, Pueblo, CO
165 — Aaron Olmos (6-10), Redshirt Freshman, Imperial Beach, CA or Colton Beisley (4-5), Sophomore, St. Helens, OR
174 — Colt Doyle (10-8), Junior, San Diego, CA
184 — Bob Coleman (12-11), Hermiston, OR
197 — Jamarcus Grant (14-9), Sophomore, Hillsboro, OR or Adam Rateb (6-10), Sophomore, Fairfield, CA
285 — Amar Dhesi (3-1), Graduate, Surrey, B.C., Canada or Christian Robertsen (10-5), Senior, Branson, MO
Photo above of Ty Schilling courtesy of Nathan Nybakke | Photography805.com