Cal Poly wrestling opened up its 2022-23 season with a dual win against Cal Baptist, 38-9, on Saturday, Nov. 5 inside Van Dyne Gym.
To cap off the weekend, five individuals brought home medals at the Menlo Open on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The Mustangs (1-0) dominated the Lancers (0-1), winning eight of the 10 bouts en route to their first dual victory of the season.
At 125 pounds, 31st-ranked redshirt sophomore Antonio Lorenzo earned a pin in just under two minutes to get Cal Poly on the board. Graduate student Ethan Rotondo won by decision for his first win as a Mustang in the 133-pound bout.
Freshman Zeth Romney pinned CBU’s Christian Nunez at 141 pounds for his first career win. At 149 pounds, 13th-ranked sixth-year Dom Demas won by major decision, 12-4, to also earn his first Cal Poly career win.
No. 28 Cal Poly will wait over a month for their next dual match when they welcome Lindenwood and 11th-ranked Minnesota to Mott Athletics Center on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Cal Poly sent its non-starters to the Menlo Open, where five Mustangs placed within the top four in their weight classes.
At 125 pounds, freshman Dom Mendez placed fourth after falling by decision, 14-10, in the third-place match.
Freshman Johnny Lopez won by fall in the 133-pound third-place bout. Lopez brings home a third-place finish after going 4-1 during the tournament.
In the 165-pound division, freshman Cash Stewart earned a third-place finish following a 5-1 day.
Redshirt freshman Kendall La Rosa also finished third at 174 pounds following a 7-2 decision victory in the third-place match.
Rounding out the victorious Mustangs was freshman Nate Glass, who won by fall in his third-place bout at 285 pounds.
Mendez, Lopez, Stewart and Glass all earned their first wins of their Cal Poly careers during the open.
Cal Poly’s 25th-ranked tournament roster will be tested when they take part in the Tiger Style Invitational hosted by No. 5 Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Kansas City.