Cal Poly wrestlers Chad Mendes and Chase Pami lived up to their top billings at the Pac-10 Conference Championships at the University of Oregon Monday. Both No. 1 seeds earned titles at their respective weight classes, making them the first Mustangs duo to each win Pac-10 championships in the same season.
Mendes, a senior ranked No. 1 in the country at 141 pounds, stayed undefeated, pushing his record to 27-0 by holding on for a 6-4 decision over Arizona State’s Chris Drouin after getting off to a 3-0 lead.
Pami (24-4), a sophomore ranked No. 11 at 157, made up for a 5-2 loss earlier in the season to Boise State’s 10th-ranked Tyler Sherfey by breaking a 1-1 tie with a two-point takedown with just five seconds left in an initial overtime.
Both are among 39 Pac-10 grapplers who advanced to the national championships, held in St. Louis from March 20 to 22.