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Sunday, Feb 10 2013 10:08 PM

Roadrunners wrestlers dominant on Senior Day

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Bryce Hammond dominates Stanford's Thomas Kimbrell in the 174 match of CSUB's dual with Stanford Sunday.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB'd Timmy Box takes controll of his opponent, Stanford's Josh Lauderdale, to win the 141 match Sunday at the Icardo Center at CSUB.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    CSUB's Tyler Iwamura battles Stanford's Evan Silver in the 125 match at their dual meet Sunday at CSUB. Iwamura won the match.

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BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian

Tyler Iwamura didn't expect to see his grandparents in the stands when he took the mat for the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling team Sunday.

That's because he didn't realize until right before the Roadrunners dual meet against Stanford that it was the final home match of his illustrious college career.

The 125-pound senior made the most of his last chance to impress the home fans at the Icardo Center, rallying from a 3-2 late second-period deficit to defeat Evan Silver, 6-3.

Iwamura's decision helped pave the way for CSUB to beat Stanford 24-13 in front of a Senior Day crowd at the Icardo Center that featured about three dozen former CSUB wrestlers who took part in the program's 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday night.

"It's a happy feeling but it's also a sad feeling, too, because this is my home," Iwamura said. "I'm going to miss it."

Overall, CSUB (8-5, 2-3 Pac-12) won five of the nine contested matches, plus got a forfeit win at 133 pounds.

"The guys did well," CSUB coach Mike Mendoza said. "I'm really proud of the team. And I'm really glad that a guy like Tyler Iwamura, a senior, could finish his last home match in this gym with a win."

Former Bakersfield High standouts Bryce Hammond (174) and Timmy Box (141) had the Roadrunners most decisive victories.

Hammond, ranked No. 19 nationally by Intermat, recorded a 16-0 tech fall win over Thomas Kimbrell, while Box downed Josh Lauderdale, 13-3, earning a four-point major decision.

"I just went out there and did what I needed to do," Box said. "I just wrestled a solid match."

The Roadrunners allowed Stanford to score back-points in only one match, David Meza's 12-0 setback at the hands of Bret Baumbach. Not counting Meza's loss at 165 pounds, Stanford wrestlers scored only 18 points total on the day.

After losing a close decision at heavyweight to start things off, the Roadrunners claimed three straight wins en route to beating Stanford (6-15, 1-4 Pac-12) in a dual for the first time in four years. CSUB leads the all-time series against the Cardinal, 26-8.

Hammond's match was the only one that was contested that didn't last the full seven minutes.

He nearly pinned Kimbrell several times before scoring a takedown 36 seconds into the third period, putting a premature end to the bout.

"I'm happy with the way I'm wrestling, but that's what we expected in that match," Hammond said. "At the same time I've got tough competition in the Pac-12 and obviously tough competition in the country. So I have stuff to work on. Stuff to improve on. Just working toward being an All-American."

Hammond and Box weren't the only Roadrunners to win in impressive fashion.

At 157 pounds, Adam Fierro jumped out to a 7-0 first-period lead and then coasted to an 8-1 win over Kyle Meyer.

Three matches later, Sean Pollock (184) clinched the CSUB win with a 5-2 decision against Ryan Davies, a freshman from Clovis.

Three of Stanford's four wins were by very narrow margins.

It took four overtime periods before Stanford's Timmy Boone claimed a 4-2 victory over Dalton Kelley at 149 pounds.

The Cardinal also began and ended the dual with close wins at the heaviest two weight divisions.

CSUB heavyweight Sammy Cervantes lost 3-2 to Dan Scherer. And at 197 pounds, the Roadrunners' Frankie Hurtado dropped a 2-0 decision to Michael Sojka.

Moments after Cervantes exited the mat from his hard-fought setback, it was Iwamura's turn to wrestle.

Afterward, the San Diego-Santa Fe Christian High product talked about his fondest memories while racking up an 84-44 record for CSUB over the past four years.

"It's going to be all the meetings after the dual meets that I'll remember," Iwamura said. "All the long, hard hours put in at practice. The wins are great and everything but that's only part of it. Training is like 95-percent of it. That's what I'll remember. That's what I'm going to take away, all the hard work."

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