Wrestling team ends five-match losing streak with win over Bakersfield

Wrestling vs. Cal State Bakersfield

SF State's Isaiah Jimenez locks up against Cal Baptists' Preston Brown in the 165 lb match, Feb. 3. Jimenez won the match 5-4 with the Gators losing with a final score of 22-10 against the Lancers. Photo by Gil Riego Jr.

The SF State men’s wrestling team ended its five-match losing streak Friday against Cal State Bakersfield, but fell short in their second match against Cal Baptist in a dual meet on senior day.

The Gators, ranked 20th in Division II, got off to a rough start when Vicente Aboytes lost by a technical fall, 19-1, against Bakersfield’s Anthony Box in the 157-pound weight class, but rebounded well, defeating the Division I Runners 20-16 due to strong performances by Daniel Flores in the 141-pound and Dylan Phillipy in the 149-pound weight class.

The team was less successful in the second half of their final home dual meet of the season, dropping their match 22-10 against the Lancers of Cal Baptist in a rematch from December, which the Gators lost 19-15.

“We beat Cal State Bakersfield for the first time since 1973 I think, so that was pretty good,” said head wrestling coach Lars Jensen. “The second (match) we didn’t wrestle so well.”

Phillipy won his first match against Erik Martinez by technical fall, 16-0, but suffered a close loss against the Lancers’ Dylan Cataline, 7-6.

“I feel like our team really stepped up a lot today,” Phillipy said. “We won our first dual meet [match] in a couple months against Bakersfield. That was huge, it boosted the team morale in general.”

The second meet began with Aboytes losing against the Lancers’ Bronson Gerl 6-2, putting the Gators down 3-0, a deficit they would fail to overcome. Flores, Isaiah and Zach Jimenez were the only three to earn wins against Cal Baptist, all of whom went 2-0.

“Against Bakersfield we came out attacking and it showed. We never let up,” said assistant coach Jeff Silveira. “I think beating a Division I team might have affected our performance [against Cal Baptist], we came out a little flat in that second match.”

In between matches, the Gators honored their three seniors, Anthony Gonzalez (285-weight class), Arman Ostadsharif (174-weight class) and Julian Perez (133-weight class).

Gonzalez won his first match in a 10-4 decision against Bakersfield’s Frankie Hurtado, helping the Gators comeback against the Runners, but lost his second against Cal Baptist’s Zach Merrill by a 12-2 major decision. Gonzalez escaped with his fair share of bruises in the process.

“I need to be more balanced. I was a little out of shape, I’m going to bust my ass the next couple weeks,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a heavyweight match, you get banged up.”

Like Gonzalez, Ostadsharif won his first match, beating Bakersfield’s Jesus Ambriz in a narrow 3-2 decision, but fell short in his second match against Cal Baptist’s Kenneth Tribble 4-0.

“In the second match I wasn’t as offensive as we work on in practice,” Ostadsharif said. “I need to pick it up there. I just have some little things to work on.”

The team has a short turnaround after the split dual meet before competing in the California Collegiate Open Saturday at the home gym.

“It’s going to be a tough tournament tomorrow, there are some good schools coming,” Ostadsharif said. “I’m pretty excited.”

Wresting vs. Cal State Bakersfield

SF State's Dylan Phillipy, 149 lbs, holds down CSU Bakersfield's Erik Martinez at SF State, Feb. 3. Phillipy was declared the winner of the match. Photo by Sam Battles.



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