Broncos Drop Second Dual of Road Trip

Jan. 10, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The 20th-ranked Boise State wrestling team lost its second dual in as many days, falling to CSU Bakersfield Friday at the Old Gym, 19-13.

The Broncos, who hadn't lost a league dual to a conference opponent in two years prior to Thursday's 19-12 defeat at the hands of Stanford, dropped to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Pac-12.

The Roadrunners opened with a 16-5 major decision at 133 pounds from Jose Mendoza over Ben DeMeulle, but Travis Himmelman tied the match with a major decision of his own.

Himmelman shut out Everett Pratt (8-0), improving to 2-0 on the Broncos' road trip.

CSU Bakersfield won the next four matches via decision before seventh-ranked Jake Swartz put the Broncos on the board once again with a 6-2 victory over Sean Pollock. Swartz, now 7-1 on the season, is a perfect 4-0 in duals.

Trailing by nine (16-7), the Broncos were within reach, but were going to need to win each of the three remaining matches to have a chance at the victory.

Cody Dixon looked to be headed to overtime at 197 pounds, but a third-period, buzzer-beating takedown from Reuben Franklin gave the Roadrunners a 3-1 victory in the match, and clinched the dual for CSU Bakersfield.

Fifth-ranked J.T. Felix (285), 9-2 over Sam Cervantes, and Rami Haddadin (125), 5-3 over Sergio Mendez, each closed with decisions, trimming the deficit to its final margin.

Felix is now 15-2 on the season, and 4-0 in duals.

Boise State will close its three-dual road trip at Cal Poly, Sunday. The wrestlers are slated to hit the mat at 2 p.m. (MT).

133: Jose Mendoza (CSUB) major dec. Ben DeMeulle (BSU), 16-5
141: Travis Himmelman (BSU) major dec. Everett Pratt (CSUB), 8-0
149: Dalton Kelly (CSUB) dec. Chris Castillo (BSU), 10-8
157: Spencer Hill (CSUB) dec. Holden Packard (BSU), 6-4
165: David Meza (CSUB) dec. Steven Hernandez (BSU), 5-3
174: Jesus Ambriz (CSUB) dec. Cole Rice (BSU), 5-3
184: No. 7 Jake Swartz (BSU) dec. Sean Pollock (CSUB), 6-2
197: Reuben Franklin (CSUB) dec. Cody Dixon (BSU), 3-1
285: No. 5 J.T. Felix (BSU) dec. Sam Cervantes (CSUB), 9-2
125: Rami Haddadin (BSU) dec. Sergio Mendez (CSUB), 5-3

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