Thursday, Mar 21 2013 09:54 PM

CSUB wrestlers stay in the hunt


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Cal State Bakersfield's two Pac-12 champions both went 1-1 Thursday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships to stay alive in the tournament.

Both 125-pound senior Tyler Iwamura and 174-pound freshman Bryce Hammond were beaten by ranked wrestlers in their opening-round matches.

That knocked them into the consolation round where they had to win Thursday night to avoid elimination.

Iwamura did that with an 8-2 win over Rob Deutsch of Old Dominion. Iwamura, who is competing in his third straight nationals, had never won at the NCAAs prior to beating Deutsch.

Iwamura (24-10) faces unseeded Steve Bonnano of Hofstra (19-11) in another must-win bout this morning. It will be the third straight year Bonnano and Iwamura have met at the NCAAs with Bonnano winning the previous meetings.

Hammond (33-10), a two-time high school state champion for Bakersfield High who is competing in his first NCAA Championships, beat 11th-seeded Blake Stauffer 4-0 in his first consolation match. He'll face unseeded John-Martin Cannon (13-9) of Buffalo this morning.

The Hammond-Stauffer bout was a rematch of the Pac-12 finals on March 2, which Hammond won 10-4.

In Thursday's first round, Iwamura lost 4-1 to No. 9-seed Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota State and Hammond was beaten 3-1 by No. 6 seed Logan Storley. Hammond had won his last nine matches prior to the Storley bout.

Two-time defending champion Penn State held a 31/2 point lead after the first day of the tournament.

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