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Wednesday, Oct 31 2012 07:23 AM

Local report: Hammond shines in CSUB's Blue-Gold wrestling meet

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bryce Hammond said last season was the longest in his wrestling career.

That's because he sat out the season as a redshirt after entering Cal State Bakersfield following two state championships at Bakersfield High School.

"It was awful," Hammond said after recording a 20-6 majority decision over Oren Dramen in CSUB's Blue-Gold intrasquad match Tuesday night that officially opened the wrestling season.

Hammond, who has four years of eligibility remaining, said the hours spent in the wrestling room helped prepare him for the rigors of collegiate wrestling.

"I worked on being more of a well-rounded wrestler," he said. "Not just rely on my scrambling."

The scrimmage helped coach Mike Mendoza and his staff finalize the pecking order of the starting lineup, although many weight classes remain close, Mendoza said.

Tuesday's results "will be weighed heavily" in determining the lineup for the Nov. 8 official openers against Drexel and Cal Poly, he said. "But nothing is set in stone."

Joining Hammond as the most dominant performers Tuesday were 125-pound senior Tyler Iwamura (pinned Miguel Comparan in 2:27), freshman 141-pound Timmy Box (16-5 major decision over Juan Salas), sophomore 157-pounder Adam Fierro (8-1 win over Jesus Ambriz), and heavyweight Sam Cervantes (pin in 4:55 over Steven Wood).

The close matches were Jose Mendoza's 5-0 win over Ian Nickell at 133, Jake Briggs' 4-2 win over Dalton Kelley at 149, David Meza's 4-2 win over Andrew Balch at 165, Reuben Franklin's 10-7 win over Sean Pollack at 184 and Frankie Hurtado's 8-5 win over Alex Encarnacion at 197.

Cervantes' pin gave the Blue squad a 21-17 team win.

4 ex-Jam players reach NBA

Four former Bakersfield Jam players have made the opening-day rosters of NBA teams: Eric Bledsoe (Los Angeles Clippers), Devin Ebanks (Los Angeles Lakers), Travis Leslie (Los Angeles Clippers), and Luke Zeller (Phoenix Suns).

The Jam opens its season on the road against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Nov. 23. The Jam home opener is Nov. 29 agains the Idaho Stampede.

JC women's soccer

GLENDORA -- Jasmine Williams scored in the 61st minute to lift Citrus College's women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Bakersfield College.

The Owls imroved to 14-1-2 with the Western State Conference win.

Renegade goalie Erin Griepsma had saves on the other two shots on goal by Citrus. Bakersfield (8-9) will host Santa Monica at 4 p.m. Friday.

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