Cal Poly wrestling finished the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in 24th place on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The team sent seven wrestlers to the event, and Wick went the farthest out of any Mustang.
Wick won in an 11-1 major decision over Michael Kilic of Arizona State in the first round at the 157-pound weight class. Following that, he was edged out 3-1 by Tommy Asley of Appalachian State before bouncing back with a pin of Navy’s George Ruiz in less than two minutes.
After the wrestlebacks, Wick won his first match of Friday night with a 5-1 decision over Cornell’s Gage McClenahan. Then, the redshirt freshman fell 6-4 in the fourth round of consolation to Cael Swensen of South Dakota State, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record.
To open up Lamer’s matches, the 165-pound redshirt sophomore took the win over Kaden Hart of Nebraska-Kearney with a technical fall. After his first win, he dropped a 6-1 decision to William Formato of Appalachian State.
Then, Lamer won in a 9-7 decision against Clarion’s Cameron Pine to set up a matchup with Bubba Wilson of Nebraska. Wilson beat Lamer in an 8-0 decision in the third round of consolation.
The last Cal Poly wrestler who made the third round was Tinker, despite dropping his first match to Cale Davidson of Nebraska on a 4-3 decision.
The 285-pound Tinker bounced back with a pair of wins: the first over Chris Island of California Baptist, 7-1, and then a 10-5 victory against Luke Niemeyer of Bucknell.
Tinker eventually fell by a 13-0 major decision to Lewis Fernandez of Cornell in his consolation match.
Four other Mustangs were at the event. On Friday, graduate Ethan Rotondo, in the 133-pound weight class, was pinned by Brendon Fenton of Kent State in just under six minutes before falling to Derrick Cardinal of South Dakota State in an 8-6 decision.
In the 144-pound weight class, Lawrence Saenz went 1-2 on the weekend. His first match was an 11-6 decision loss to Garrett Kuchan of Air Force. After this, Saenz got a 13-3 win over Edinboro’s Amonn Ohl, and his weekend was capped off by a 7-6 loss to Joshua Koderhandt of Navy.
Jarad Priest, wrestling at 174 pounds, fell 4-0 to Ross McFarland of Hofstra and dropped his second match to Appalachian State’s Will Miller by a score of 10-5.
One weight class up, Brawley Lamer kicked off the weekend with a 9-6 win over CSU Bakersfield’s Jacob Hansen before his tournament came to an end with back-to-back losses.
The Mustangs will host Lindenwood University for their home opener on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. inside Mott Athletics Center.