NCAA Champion, Derek Moore joins Cal Baptist coaching staff; Lancers return strong core of All-Americans, qualifiers, and new recruits

DEREK MOORE (UC Davis/Shasta HS, N) NCAA Divison I Champion/OW

A five-year veteran of the U.S. Army and former NCAA Division I champion, Moore has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University. He was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in San Jose this past May. He wrestled at UC Davis where he won two Pac-10 Championships, a D-I title in 2007 and was named the NCAA and Pac-10 Most Outstanding Wrestler. During his time in the Army, he competed as a soldier-athlete, trained with Olympic Champions and competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic team trials.

Last Season, Cal Baptist had a banner season by winning the NCAA Super Regional IV Championships and placing third place as a team at the NCAA Division II Championships with seven qualifiers, producing an individual National Champion, two finalist, and three All-Americans overall. The future looks bright with returning All-Americans Nicholas Fiegener (2nd) and Nolan Kistler (4th), as well as returning NCAA qualifiers, Peter Cunningham, Daxton Gordon, and Christian Smith, each one match away from earning All-American status. In addition to the top-level contingent returning from last season, below is a group of quality recruits joining the Cal Baptist program next season.

With NCAA Champion, Derek Moore joining the coaching staff and the strong contingent of returning All-Americans, qualifiers, along with the promising group of recruits, the Lancers of Cal Baptist have a bright future ahead.

CAL BAPTIST – 3rd Place at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships




125 – Alex Nunez (Alta Loma HS, S)

  • 3x State Medalist (8th, 4th, 8th)
  • 4x CA State Qualifier
  • 3x CIF Champion
  • 2017 Five Counties Invitational Champion


125 – Adam Velasquez (Pitman HS, SJ)

  • 2017 NHSCA Senior High School All-American (5th 126s)
  • 2016 CA State Medalist (5th – 120s)
  • 2x Doc Buchanan placer (5th – 2016, 7th – 2017)
  • 4x CA State Qualifier (106, 120, 120, 126)
  • 2x Southern Section Masters Champion (120, 126)
  • 164 – 14 overall career record
  • 2016 District Wrestler of the Year


133 – Christopher Diaz (Archer HS, Georgia)

  • 2x Georgia State Champion
  • 2x NHSCA National Finalist
  • 4x times NHSCA High School All-American
  • Ranked as high as #12 in the nation 2016


141 – Andrew Schulte (Concordia/Centennial HS, S)

  • NAIA National Champion/2x All-American (Concordia University)
  • California Community College All-American (Santa Ana College)
  • CIF Champion
  • 2x Southern Section Masters Champion
  • 3x CA State Qualifier


149 – Adrian Gomez (De La Salle HS, NC)

  • 3x CA State Qualifier
  • 3x East Bay Athletic League Champion


157 – Brandon Esparza (ML King HS, S)

  • CA State Medalist (5th)
  • CIF Champion
  • Southern Section Masters’ Finalist


197 – Arick Lopez (Yucaipa HS, S)

  • 2x CA State Qualifier
  • 2017 Southern Section Masters Finalist
  • CIF Champion


197/HWT – John Halajian (Clovis North HS, CS)

  • CA State Medalist (7th)
  • Central Section “Valley” runner-up
  • Central Section Masters Meet runner-up


197/HWT – Mark Halajian (Clovis North HS, CS)

  • 2x CA State Qualifier
  • 6th Central Section Masters Meet
  • 7th Central Section Valley