Cal Poly to Ring in New Year With Dual Meet Against West Virginia on Jan. 3


cal polySAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and West Virginia celebrate the New Year with an afternoon non-conference dual meet Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 3, at 2 o’clock inside the Mott Athletics Center.

Both teams last competed on Sunday, Dec. 18, the Mustangs at the Reno Tournament of Champions and the Mountaineers with a dual meet at home against Virginia Tech.

At the Reno Events Center, Cal Poly placed fourth as a team, led by second-place finishers Colt Shorts at 157 pounds and J.T. Goodwin at 197. Joshy Cortez placed fourth at 149.

West Virginia, ranked No. 22 by InterMat in mid-December, fell to Virginia Tech 36-4.

Both teams competed in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in early December.

Cal Poly 157-pounder Colt Shorts (pictured above) placed seventh, which helped him earn a No. 19 national ranking in his weight class by The Open Mat. As a team, the Mustangs placed 24th.

West Virginia was 28th in the tournament and also had one place winner as 197-pounder Jacob A. Smith finished fourth.

Shorts is Cal Poly’s first nationally ranked wrestler in two years. West Virginia brings a pair of nationally ranked matmen as Smith is No. 7 at 197 with a 6-4 record and Dylan Cottrell is ranked No. 6 at 165 with a 5-0 mark.

Cal Poly sports a 3-4 dual meet record with wins over San Francisco State, Indiana and Cal Baptist.

West Virginia slipped to 0-5 with its loss to Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers also have wrestled Campbell, Ohio, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.

Shorts sports a 15-8 mark with four falls and five other Mustangs scheduled to wrestle this afternoon own winning marks as well.

Sohrab Movahedi is 7-5 on the year at 184 pounds and placed first in the Roadrunner Open six weeks ago while Colton Schilling is 10-6 at 141 pounds with six pins.

At 174, Travis Berridge is 10-5 with one fall while 133-pounder Yoshito Funakoshi is 8-7 and placed sixth at the Roadrunner Open.

Mustang heavyweight Spencer Empey sports an 11-10 mark with two falls and placed second in the Roadrunner Open. Luke Wilson (8-6) and Blake Kastl (5-5) are contesting for the starting nod at 165.

Coached by former Cal Poly assistant Sammie Henson, West Virginia will wrestle at CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday. Cal Poly returns to action Sunday with a Pac-12 dual meet at Arizona State.

Cal Poly’s dual meet against Air Force on Jan. 22, is the annual Homecoming match and will be held at noon in the Performing Arts Center’s Harman Hall as part of Alumni and Supporter Weekend. A crab bake dinner is slated for Jan. 21 at Avila Lighthouse Suites.

Upcoming home dual meets include Wyoming on Jan. 20, a pair of matches at Righetti High School against North Dakota State and CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 28 and Northern Colorado on Feb. 5.

The Pac-12 Championship will be hosted by Stanford on Feb. 26 with the NCAA Division I National Championship slated for March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Probable Lineups

Cal Poly (3-4)
125 — Isaac Blackburn (3-8), Sophomore, Auburn, CA or David Gonzalez (6-8), Sophomore, Covina, CA
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (8-7), Sophomore, Torrance, CA
141 — Colton Schilling (10-6), Junior, Sweet Home, OR
149 — Joshy Cortez (10-10), Sophomore, Temecula, CA
157 — No. 20 Colt Shorts (15-8), Senior, Canonsburg, PA
165 — Blake Kastl (5-5), Senior, Saint Paris, OH or Luke Wilson (8-6), Junior, Santa Maria, CA
174 — Travis Berridge (10-5), Senior, Brandon, FL or Matt Wilhelm (0-4), Freshman (RS), Manahawkin, NJ
184 — Sohrab Movahedi (7-5), Junior, Northridge, CA or Thomas Lane (6-10), Freshman (RS), Garden City, NY
197 — J.T. Goodwin (5-6), Senior, Stockton, CA
285 — Spencer Empey (11-10), Junior, Sparks, NV

West Virginia (0-5)
125 — Devin Brown (1-9), RFr., Export, Pa.
133 — Cory Stainbrook (7-6), Sr., Streetsboro, Ohio
141 — Joe Wheeling (3-6), So., Waterford, Pa.
149 — Christian Monserrat (7-4), So., Methuen, Mass.
157 — Dayton Garrett (1-9), Fr., Methuen, Mass.
165 — No. 6 Dylan Cottrell (5-0), Sr., Spencer, W.Va. or Ryan Lopez (0-4), RFr., Morgantown, W.Va.
174 — Ty Millward (2-9), Jr., State College, Pa.
184 — Parker VonEgidy (4-6), Jr., Marshville, N.C.
197 — No. 7 Jacob A. Smith (6-4), RJr., Charleston, W.Va.
285 — Brandon Ngati (1-9), Fr., Gaithersburg, Md.