Senior wrestler Britain Longmire was the lone Mustang to win both his matches in a triangular meet held at Mott Athletics Center on Sunday.
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The Cal Poly wrestling team struggled in a triangular meet Sunday afternoon in the Mott Athletics Center (MAC), losing 31-10 to South Dakota State and 24-9 to Stanford.
The Jackrabbits used two major decisions, a fall, a technical fall and an injury to dominate the match, highlighted by South Dakota State junior Cody Pack’s technical fall of Cal Poly’s Peter Galli at 157 pounds.
Winners for Cal Poly (3-8) against the Jackrabbits included Sean Dougherty at 184 pounds, Britain Longmire at 125 and Devon Lotito at 133.
Dougherty won by a 16-3 major decision over Brady Ayers to improve to 11-10 on the year, while Longmire also won his match with a 8-2 victory to up his record to 12-12.
Lotito, the defending Pac-12 champion at 133 pounds, continued his strong season with an 11-4 victory over Isaac Andrade, improving his record to 19-7 for the year.
In the second dual meet of the day, Cal Poly continued its struggles as the Mustangs lost 24-9 to Stanford.
Bright spots for the Mustangs included Britain Longmire at 125 pounds, Victor Trujillo at 141, and Nicolas Johnson at 197.
Trujillo scored a first-period takedown en route to a 9-2 decision over Peter Russo of Stanford, while Longmire and Johnson squeaked out close victories, 3-2 and 3-1, respectively.
The match of the night was between Cal Poly sophomore Lotito, ranked 18th in the nation, facing No. 10 Ryan Mango of Stanford. Mango earned a takedown with only 30 seconds remaining in the match to edge Lotito 4-3.
Lotito is 19-8 for the season while Mango, a redshirt last year after winning the Pac-12 title at 125 pounds in 2012, is 24-3.
Stanford improved to 17-4, while Cal Poly fell to 3-8. Despite his team’s record, Cal Poly head coach Brendan Buckley remained positive about the rest of the season.
“Stanford and South Dakota State are really good wrestling programs, and I thought that we competed well,” Buckley said. “As a whole, our defense needs to get better, and when that improves, I’m excited about the rest of the season.”
Cal Poly will wrestle its final dual meet of the season when hosting Arizona State for Homecoming on Friday night in the MAC.