The Cal Poly wrestling team hit the road this weekend for two non-conference dual meets, facing Northern Colorado on Friday night and Wyoming on Saturday afternoon.
Despite establishing a 15-8 lead against Northern Colorado, the Mustangs fell to their opponents 22-19 after losing the final two bouts.
Wyoming was even more disappointing for the Mustangs, as 157-pound junior Colt Shorts was the only wrestler to win his match in the 35-2 team defeat. Shorts defeated No. 29-ranked wrestler Archie Colgan.
Cal Poly junior J.T. Goodwin, who won his first eight matches of the 2016 season, dropped a 10-1 major decision against Northern Colorado’s Trent Noon and a 5-4 decision against Wyoming’s Brandon Tribble. Junior Mitch Woods earned his third straight win and first major of the year against Northern Colorado’s Thomas Chisholm, accumulating three takedowns.
Shorts, who pinned No. 33 Eleazar De Luca of Northern Colorado, improved to 12-6 on the season. Sophomore Colton Schilling pinned 141-pounder Colton Orrino in 6 minutes, 21 seconds after building up an 8-3 lead.
But Northern Colorado won the final two bouts to clinch the dual meet victory and improve to 3-1 overall.
Wyoming, who had four wrestlers in the initial NCAA coaches’ panel 2015-16 rankings, improved to 5-4 overall. Each team was deducted a point for coach misconduct.
Cal Poly (1-7) will begin its final four-match homestand Saturday, Jan. 30 against Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. The Mustangs then host Oregon State on Feb. 5, Arizona State on Feb. 13 and Boise State on Feb. 14.