BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - No. 4 Minnesota (5-1) defeated CSUB (0-2) 26-6 in NCAA Division I Wrestling action Saturday in the Icardo Center.
The dual opened at 197 pounds where No. 5 Sonny Yohn defeated No. 18 Riley Orozco 7-4 to give the Golden Gophers a quick lead. At heavyweight, Ben Berhow handed David Morgan a 9-3 defeat to double up the Minnesota lead.
No. 6 Zach Sanders pushed the Golden Gophers' advantage to 10-0 with a 21-10 major decision over Frank Lomas.The Roadrunners got on the board at 133 where Jose Mendoza posted 8-6 victory over Bart Reiter. Mendoza led 6-1 after the first three minutes. Reiter earned an escape and a two-point takedown in the second periord, but Mendoza secured the win with a two-point takedown early in the final stanza. Reiter recorded a takedown with 44 seconds to go to make it the final 8-6.
Elijah Nacita took a 4-3 first period lead over No. 2 Mike Thorn, but Thorn battled back to take a 8-5 decision. Thorn remained undefeated this season at 141 pounds (15-0). Danny Zilverberg rallied from being 6-4 down in the first period to John Cardenas to take the 149-pound bout 8-6.
Andrew Balch recovered from being on the bottom for most of the first period to earn a 7-5 victory against Alex Ortiz at 157. Trailing 2-1 (and down by almost three minutes in riding time) at the end of one, Balch posted a two-point reversal at the 1:29 mark of the second period to the lead. Balch continued to press, recording a three-point near fall with just under one minute to go in the second frame. Ortiz charted a reversal with 1:08 to go in the match, but a Balch escape created a 7-4 lead with 45 seconds to go. Balch got the victory despite Oritz maintaing a 1:15 riding time advantage.
No. 6 Cody Yohn defeated No. 16 Trevor Hall took a 11-5 decision at 165. No. 10 Scott Glasser also posted a 11-5 victory for Minnesota at 174, defeating Joey Granata. The final match of the day saw No. 15 Kevin Steinhaus earn a majority decision victory over Brady Garner 18-6.
Minnesota continues action on Saturday night with a dual at Cal State Fullerton.