Bakersfield, CA – After a strong roster at the Open Roadrunner, CSU Bakersfield continues tournament competition at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 3-4. The annual event is arguably the most competitive mid-season showcase in collegiate wrestling, with the ten slices filled with nationally ranked opponents.
Twenty-seven of the country’s top wrestling programs will send their debutants to the Cliff Keen Invitational, including four of the six Pac-12 schools. Cal Poly, Oregon State and Stanford will join the Roadrunners in Las Vegas.
CSUB is getting the weekend off to a good start, after seeing nine student-athletes compete in their home invitational a week ago. native of Bakersfield, Albert Urias led the way with a championship at 174 pounds.
Urias is one of three sophomores in red shirts with a chance to make an impact on the national rankings with a strong performance in Vegas. He will face 15 opponents classified in the category of 174 pounds.
# 14 Rich luck and # 32 Angelo Martinoni will also face competitive fields of ranked enemies. Martinoni starts the weekend with a 6-1 overall record, including a 2-0 performance in doubles competition, while Rich is set to make his debut in the 2021-22 season after advancing to the round of 16 of the NCAA a year ago.
Friday and Saturday December 3 and 4 – at the Cliff Keen Invitational
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BAKERSFIELD’S PLANNED STARTING LINE…
|PO||NAME||YEAR||CITY OF ORIGIN (LAST SCHOOL)|
|125||Eddie Flores||rSO||Covina, CA (Northview HS)|
|133||Rich luck||rSO||Valence, CA (Valence HS)|
|141||Angelo Martinoni||rSO||Orangevale, Calif. (Folsom HS)|
|149||Josh brown||rJR||Anaheim, California (Cerritos College)|
|157||Brock Rogers||rFR||Corcoran, Calif. (Corcoran HS)|
|165||Augustin Garcia||JR||Madera, California (Fresno City College)|
|174||Albert Urias||rSO||Bakersfield, CA (Ridgeview HS)|
|184||Jacob hansen||JR||Simi Valley, California (Moorpark College)|
|197||Mateo morales||FR||Fresno, CA (Fresno State)|
|285||Jake andrews||FR||Bakersfield, Calif. (Frontier HS)|
ROADRUNNER NOTES …
* Nine Bakersfield wrestlers won seedings at the annual Roadrunner Invitational, held Nov. 21 at the Icardo Center. Redshirt second year Albert Urias (174) led the way with a tournament title, while Eddie Flores (125), Angelo Martinoni (141) and Josh brown (149) all finished second and Brock Rogers (157), Augustin Garcia (165) and Jacob hansen (184) all placed third. Cade Lucio (149, 4th) and Braden Smelser (165, 6th) was also classified during the test.
* Albert Urias (174), Augustin Garcia (165) and Josh brown (149) have each finished in the tournament’s top three twice this season, having placed at the Menlo Open on November 7 in addition to their performances at the Open Roadrunner.
* Red shirt in second year Rich luck (133) is set to make his season debut at the Cliff Keen Invitational after missing the first three weeks of the season with a lower body injury. Rich currently sits 14th in Intermat’s national leaderboard and has a career 7-11 record against ranked opponents, having finished 6-4 against ranked enemies in 2020-21.
* Angelo Martinoni (141) lost their first fight of the season in the Roadrunner Invitational championship round, falling to 6-1 that year. He is the only `Runner to post an unbeaten double record to date and enters the Cliff Keen Invitational ranked # 32 in the Intermat rankings.
* Junior red shirt Josh brown (149) won his first career doubles bout with a 12-6 decision over Utah Valley’s Alex Emmer in Riverside, Calif.
* The Roadrunners got to see several familiar faces in Las Vegas, with seven teams on their 2021-22 calendar also participating in the prestigious invite. Pac-12 rivals Cal Poly, Oregon State and Stanford will be in attendance, alongside non-conference enemies Michigan, Utah Valley, Northern Colorado and California Baptist.
* Bakersfield sent three wrestlers to the 2021 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, including returnees Rich luck (133) and Angelo Martinoni (141), to extend his streak of sending at least one competitor to the nationals to 47 consecutive seasons. Senior Dominique ducharme (184) also qualified after winning the Pac-12 tournament in the weight class.
* Rich luck (133), Angelo Martinoni (141) and Josh loomer (184, 2020) gives CSUB three NCAA qualifiers on its 29-player roster. Rich advanced to the round of 16 in 2021, while Martinoni finished with a 1-2 record in his weight class. Loomer won the 184-pound Pac-12 Championship in 2020, but did not compete in the National Championships due to COVID-19’s cancellation.
* The head coach Luc Smith is entering his first season as a full-time running bench boss, having served as interim boss in a shortened 2020-21 campaign.
* Decorated in CSUB alum Stephen neal is expected to be inducted into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame in February 2022. Neal was a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA Heavyweight Champion from 1996 to 1999. He went on to win the World Championship. world of 1999, before winning three Super Bowl rings in 10 seasons as an offensive guard for the New England Patriots.
* Seven of Bakersfield’s 13 double-opponents are ranked in the top 25, or receive votes, in the NWCA Coaching Poll, highlighting a stimulating double-meet list designed to test and develop ‘Pac Road Runners. -12 Championship and NCAA Tournaments.
* Seven runners are from Bakersfield, Calif., Representing four different high schools in one of the best wrestling communities in the state of California and the western United States. The city has a regional wrestling training center in the United States and annually hosts the CIF Championships at Mechanic’s Bank Arena. Seven other CSUB varsity athletes hail from seven different high schools in the Central Valley of California. Fresno State’s decision to stop the fight leaves CSUB as the only DI program in the Central Valley.
* Roadrunner wrestlers have won nine NCAA Division I National Championships, including two national titles from Dan Cuestas and Stephen Neal. CSUB also has 30 National Division II champions in its program history.
* Four-time All-American selection Stephen Neal highlights the list of 45 NCAA Division I All-Americans at CSUB. The Roadrunner grapplers also won 87 Division II All-American honors.
* CSU Bakersfield sent 17 wrestling alumni to the Olympics or the freestyle world championships. Only eight schools nationwide sent more athletes. This number does not include the 10 alternate runner picks and three coach nods. John Azevedo and Joe Gonzalez were also chosen for the 1980 Olympic team, but did not participate due to the American boycott of the Soviet games.
Sunday, December 19 – at Little Rock (Little Rock, Ark. | Jack Stephens Center) – 1:00 p.m. (PAC12)