Bakersfield, California – CSU Bakersfield makes its long-awaited return to the Icardo Center for the first double home game of the season against Pac-12 rival and 11th-ranked Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners come on the heels of their first win of the season, a 35-6 triumph over American University, while the Sun Devils are 3-3 overall. Sunday’s game is the first conference game of the season for both schools.
Bakersfield hasn’t hosted a head-to-head showdown since a triple meet with Stanford and Little Rock on January 24, 2021, and hasn’t hosted a double meet at the Icardo Center since a Senior Night win over California Baptist on January 24, 2021. February 24. 21, 2020. Last season’s tri-meet was held without fans in the former CSUB gymnasium.
The ‘Runners are 1-5 in dual meet this season, dropping decisions last week to #8 Iowa State and Central Michigan, and in a neutral-site game with #25 Campbell. Three of CSUB’s losses this season have come to ranked opponents, including a season-opening loss to #4 Michigan. Additionally, CMU entered the NWCA Top 25 after last weekend’s performance. Eight opponents from Bakersfield’s 2021-22 schedule are currently ranked or receiving votes in this week’s poll.
CSUB ended a five-fight losing streak with their win over the American, winning all nine fights and losing just one fight at 133 pounds. Angelo Martinoni picked up his team-best third double win, while Josh Brown (149) won his third, and Jacob Hansen (184) and Josh Loomer (197) their second.
Arizona State leads the all-time series between the two schools 28-11-1, including a 31-10 victory when the two schools last met at Feud on the Field 2020.
BAKERSFIELD’S PROJECTED START LINE…
|WT||NAME||YEAR||HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)|
|125||Eddie Flores||rSO||Covina, CA (Northview HS)|
|133||rich luck Where||rSO||Valencia, CA (Valencia HS)|
|Aaron Ibarra||IN||Guadalupe, CA (Righetti HS)|
|141||Angelo Martinoni Where||rSO||Orangevale, CA (Folsom HS)|
|Louis Ramos||J.R.||Selma, CA (Fresno City College)|
|149||Josh Brown||rJR||Anaheim, CA (Cerritos College)|
|157||Brock Rogers||rFR||Corcoran, CA (Corcoran HS)|
|165||Augustin Garcia||J.R.||Madera, CA (Fresno City College)|
|174||Albert Urias||rSO||Bakersfield, CA (Ridgeview HS)|
|184||Jacob Hansen||J.R.||Simi Valley, CA (Moorpark College)|
|197||Josh Loomer||rJR||San Bernardino, CA (Cajon HS)|
|Mateo Morales||IN||Fresno, California (Fresno State)|
|285||Jacob Sider||RSR||Torrance, California (south)|
|Jake Andrews||IN||Bakersfield, CA (Frontier HS)|
SCOUT THE OPPOSITION…
Arizona State brings seven Top 10-ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes to Bakersfield, along with their 3-3 overall record after losing 24-19 at Pittsburgh and 20-18 at Princeton last weekend. ASU’s other loss came in a neutral site contest with #2 Penn State. The Sun Devils’ three wins, including a 22-12 win over No. 17 Oklahoma and a 22-13 decision over No. 7 Virginia Tech.
ASU is led by undefeated wrestlers #3 Jacori Teemer (157), #6 Anthony Valencia (165) and #3 Cohlton Schultz (285). #4 Brandon Courtney (125) and #9 Kyle Parco (149) have just one loss, while #4 Michael McGee is 12-2 at 133 pounds.
ROAD RACER NOTES…
* CSUB Head Coach Luke Smith picked up the first double-competition victory of his career when the `Runners won 35-6 over American University at the Chippewa Challenge. Smith picked up the win on the mats at McGuirk Arena on the central Michigan campus, the same mats he dominated during a four-year career with the Chippewas.
* Seniors Josh Loomer (197) and
Jacob Sider (285) returned to the Bakersfield roster at the semi-annual break, providing depth and experience to the Roadrunner upperweight classes.
* #16 rich luck (133) and #28 Angelo Martinoni (141) are again ranked in the national InterMat rankings.
* Three Roadrunners have reached the NCAA Championship Tournament during their CSUB careers; Josh Loomer won a bid as the 2020 Pac-12 champion at age 184, while rich luck and Angelo Martinoni qualified as during the big selections in 2021.
* ASU is the fourth ranked opponent CSUB will face this season, the most since the 2018-20 season (5)
* CSUB broke through with a big win over American at the Chippewa Challenge, winning all nine fights for a 35-6 victory, dropping just one forfeit at 133 pounds. Eddie Flores, Brock Rogers, Augustin Garcia, Albert Urias and Jacob Sider all earned their first doubles victories of the season as part of the contest.
* Sunday’s competition doubles as CSUB Wrestling’s Golden Game, requiring all student-athletes to participate, and the program’s annual alumni event with discounted tickets available to Bakersfield wrestling alumni.
* Bakersfield sent three wrestlers to the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo., including returnees rich luck (133) and Angelo Martinoni (141), to extend his streak of sending at least one national championship contender to 47 consecutive seasons. then senior Dominique Ducharme also participated in the event.
* rich luck (133), Angelo Martinoni (141) and Josh Loomer (184, 2020) gives the CSUB three NCAA qualifiers on its 29-player roster. Rich advanced to the Round of 16 in 2021, while Martinoni finished with a 1-2 record in his weight class. Loomer won the Pac-12 184-pound championship in 2020, but did not compete at the Nationals due to the COVID-19 cancellation.
* Eight of Bakersfield’s 14 doubleheader opponents are ranked in the top 25, or receive votes, in the latest NWCA coaches poll. Those eight programs include four Pac-12 rivals, with Arizona State (#6) and Cal Poly (#25), while and Oregon State sit just outside the poll. The Roadrunners dropped their season opener at No. 4 Michigan and will also face No. 13 Iowa State on Wednesday, before visiting foes Central Michigan (RV) and Campbell (RV) Sunday January 16.
* Seven `Runners hail from Bakersfield, Calif., representing four different high schools in one of the best wrestling communities in the state of California and the western United States. The city has a United States Regional Wrestling Training Center and annually hosts the CIF Championships at Mechanic’s Bank Arena. Seven other CSUB varsity athletes hail from seven different high schools in California’s Central Valley. Fresno State’s decision to halt wrestling leaves CSUB as the only DI program in the Central Valley.
*Roadrunner wrestlers have won nine NCAA Division I national championships, including a pair of national titles from Dan Cuestas and Stephen Neel. CSUB also has 30 Division II National Champions in the history of its program.
* Four-time All-American selection Stephen Neel highlights CSUB’s list of 45 NCAA Division I All-Americans. Roadrunner grapplers have also earned 87 Division II All-American honors.
* CSU Bakersfield has sent 17 wrestling alumni to the Olympics or World Championship freestyle competition. Only eight schools nationwide sent more athletes. This number does not include the 10 alternate ‘Runners’ selections and the three coaching appointments. John Azevedo and Joe Gonzalez were also chosen for the 1980 Olympic team, but did not compete due to the American boycott of the Soviet games.
The Roadrunners open a four-game road trip with a matchup at California Baptist on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., and travel to Stanford and Cal Poly for Pac-12 matchups, before heading home to face State of Oregon in the annual on-court feud. February 19. The CSUB will also take on the Air Force when they meet at Cal Poly.