BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield wrestling program and the Coyote Club will be hosting a fundraiser entitled “New Era-Same Tradition” on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the home of Kevin and Tuesdy Small.
The keynote speaker for the event will be former University of Minnesota head coach J Robinson. Robinson led the Golden Gophers to three national championships and was named national coach of the year on four occasions. Robinson’s wrestlers earned 117 All-American honors, claimed 14 national championships, and earned 405 dual victories. Robinson coached the only team (2001) to claim 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans in the same season.
CSU Bakersfield head coach Manny Rivera will also speak. Rivera is in his first season as head coach of the Roadrunners. He was a member of the 2007 Minnesota national championship team and earned All-American honors for the Gophers. Also in attendance will be CSUB wrestling great Stephen Neal. A two-time NCAA Division I national champion, Neal would go onto a 10-year NFL career, winning three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. KBAK Sports Director Greg Kerr will serve as the emcee for the event.
The CSUB wrestling program has a proud tradition, with 45 All-Americans, 10 Olympic/World Team members, and nine national champions. The Roadrunners sent five wrestlers to the 2016 NCAA Division I National Championships after posting the top dual record (4-1) in the Pac-12 a year ago. CSUB’s 11 dual victories last season were the most since the 2004-05 campaign. Redshirt junior Coleman Hammond is ranked in the top 20 in three preseason polls at 149 pounds and will lead the ‘Runners this season.
This fundraiser along with several other events that are conducted during the season assist in meeting a goal of raising $250,000 which sustains the CSUB wrestling program. For more information on attending “New Era-Same Tradition” call 661-654-2343.