149 – COLEMAN HAMMOND (photo by Mark Nessia)
FRESNO, Calif.—Three CSU Bakersfield wrestlers took home top honors in their respective weight classes Sunday as the Roadrunners hosted the sixth Roadrunner Open Sunday at Clovis North High School.
The 125-pound finals were an all-CSUB affair as teammates Sean Nickell and Sergio Mendez advanced to the championship match. Nickell was awarded the victory when Mendez couldn’t answer the bell due to an injury and was awarded a medical forfeit.
At 149 pounds, Coleman Hammond advanced to the finals with two technical falls and a pin, to face Purdue Nate Limmex. Hammond dominated Limmex in the finals, earning a major decision 14-2 to take home the title.
In the 197-pound finals, Matt Williams rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to defeat Rocco Caywood of Army West Point 5-2.
The ‘Runners had several other entries place on Sunday. Carlos Herrera posted a 5-1 record at 133 pounds to come in third. He charted a major decision, 11-2, in the third place match against Purdue’s Cody Pae.
Bryan Battisto and Matt Penyascek both placed at 174 pounds. Battisto took part in seven matches and would finish fourth. He lost 6-3 to Army West Point’s Ben Harvey in the third place bout. Penyascek was forced to medically forfeit to Boise State’s Austin Dewey in the fifth place match.
Russell Rohlfing competed in seven matches during the Roadrunner Open, going 5-2, and placing fifth at 141 pounds. Jacob Thalin did Rohlfing one better, wrestling eight times. Thalin was 6-2, winning 18-8 in the fifth place bout against Cal Poly’s Joe Granger. Dominic Balmer turned in a sixth place showing at heavyweight. Balmer was 4-3 on the day.
Former CSUB wrestler Adam Fierro was the runner-up at 184 pounds, wrestling unattached.
The Roadrunners return to the mats Dec. 2-3 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.