ATHERTON, Calif. --- California Baptist University opened its 2012-2013 season with two wins in three duals. The Lancers went to Menlo College to dual with Stanford, Menlo and Simpson.
CBU defeated Menlo 44-4 and Simpson 34-6 but fell to the NCAA Division I Stanford squad 25-9.
"For our first match this was good, really good," said head coach Lennie Zalesky.
The strong start was highlighted by some outstanding individual performances, including undefeated days from Alex Anunciation and Bradford Gerl big wins from others like Zach Merrill, freshman Taylor Hall and David Dill.
Anunciation, wrestling at 133, earned wins by technical falls in his matches against Menlo and Simpson, and he won a 7-2 decision against Stanford.
Overall CBU had four wrestlers win by technical fall on Saturday.
Gerl was wrestling at 141 and earned a 17-0 major decision against Menlo, he fought to a technical fall against Simpson and an 11-6 decision against Stanford.
"They wrestled well, we had a good chance against Stanford, to at least tie," said Zalesky. "We just need to open up more and finish some more shots."
In his first ever competition for the Lancers, Hall went 2-1 at 125. Dylan Cataline also went 2-1 at 149. Paul Miller was 1-1 at 157, Anthony Ballinger, also in his first action for CBU, went 1-2 at 165. Zach Merrill nearly had an undefeated day, his only loss being a 2-3 decision against Stanford.
CBU wresting will return to the mats next weekend at the Roadrunner Open in Fresno, Calif., looking to improve on its early season success by fixing a few minor mistakes.