Cal Baptist will enter its 11th season of collegiate wrestling with a rugged task, wrestling against one of the most talented teams in the country in No. 2 Ohio State. Ninth-year head coach Lennie Zalesky will field one of the program’s youngest teams in recent memory, featuring just four starters off last year’s squad that posted a 7-6 record, won the NCAA Division II Super Region IV Championship and placed third at the NCAA Division II Championships.
Coach Zalesky will look for leadership in NCAA National Champion Daxton Gordon (149). Gordon became the third grappler in Lancer history to win a Division II championship last season. Garrett Strang moved down to 184 after having punched his ticket to nationals last year at 197-pounds. Other support should come from Zach Schrader (285) and Adam Velasquez (133). Schrader just missed out on qualifying to nationals, taking fifth overall in the regional heavyweight bracket. Velasquez competed at the regional tournament but had to default in the early rounds due to an injury.
Antonio Saldate (CBU) vs. Brady Koontz (4-0) or Brakan Mead (2-3)
Saldate looked impressive last weekend as he pinned Benny Martinez (Cal Poly) to get the Lancers fired up and defeat their first Division I opponent in school’s history. Koontz was the white division champion at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open, while Mead was fifth in the gold division. Mead also got defeated by former California wrestler Jacob Allen at the Navy vs. Ohio State dual-meet.
Adam Velasquez (CBU) vs. No. 5 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State)
Adam Velasquez is currently 0-1 on the season after losing a (6-2) match to Pac-12 place winner Yoshi Funakoshi (Cal Poly). Pletcher climbed the All-America podium with a fourth-place showing at the 2018 NCAA Championships. He is (5-0) on the season after winning the Ohio Intercollegiate Open and defeating his Navy opponent.
Zander Silva (CBU) vs. No. 2 Joey McKenna (Ohio State)
Competing against his former school, Zander Silva, was triumphant in defeating his Cal Poly opponent 10-2 to kickstart his division I college career. McKenna who is a two-time All-American and Big-10 champion had a tough match against Navy that saw him win a 3-2 match. If he doesn’t step up his game, Silva is a gambler that might take the shot and get the victory.
Daxton Gordon (CBU) vs. No. 2 No. 2 Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
The 149-weight class is the matchup to look forward in the dual-meet as it features a Division II National Champion against a two-time Division I All-American. Jordan is down a weight class after having reached the NCAA podium at 157-pounds. A minimal error by any of the wrestlers should be the factor in deciding the match.
Cole Drescher (CBU) vs. No. 5 Ke-Shawn Hayes (Ohio State)
Drescher will be making his debut for the Lancers as a freshman. Hayes is a returning NCAA qualifier after having placed third at the Big-10 Conference at 149-pounds. He’s up a weight class after having lost his wrestle-off match to Micah Jordan at 149.
Bryce Buckley (CBU) vs. Kaleb Romero (Ohio State)
Buckley earned his first collegiate win of the season by earning an 11-6 decision against his Cal Poly opponent. Romero still undefeated on the season after winning the Ohio Intercollegiate Open and his dual against the Navy. He is only a freshman.
Jacob Cooper (CBU) vs. No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell or Ethan Smith
Cooper was a critical winner in the success of the Lancers defeating Cal Poly last weekend. Campbell is a three-time NCAA National Qualifier who has high aspirations to climb the podium and finish his career as an All-American. Smith is only a freshman that won the Ohio Intercollegiate Open last weekend by defeating Campbell 8-5 in the finals.
Garrett Strang (CBU) vs. No. 1 Myles Martin (Ohio State)
NCAA Qualifier Kickstarter his college season by earning a 12-4 major decision over his Cal Poly opponent. Senior Myles Martin will look to complete his college career as a four-time All-American for the Buckeyes. He is a two-time NCAA finalist and was a champion in 2016.
Frank Wyshinski (CBU) vs. Kevin Snyder (Ohio State)
Snyder was successful in claiming a title at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open. However, he lost via fall against his Navy opponent.
Zach Schrader (CBU) vs. Chase Singletary or Gary Traub
Schrader is 1-0 on the season after having defeated his Cal Poly opponent. Singletary and Traub competed at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open where Singletary won the tournament while Traub was fifth. Nevertheless, Traub got the green light to compete against Navy as he earned the 3-2 win.