FRESNO, Calif. --- Despite facing a lot of tough NCAA Division I competition many Lancers faired well at the 2012 Roadrunner Open, hosted by CSU Bakersfield.
In addition to CSU Bakersfield the tournament featured competition from schools such as Cuesta College, Grand Canyon, Navy, San Francisco State and Stanford.
"The competition was really stiff," head coach Lennie Zalesky said. "We did things well in some matches and not so well in others."
Merrill used a 15-0 technical fall, two pins and a major decision to earn his fourth place finish, while Anunciation used two decisions, a major decision and one pin to advance.
"Our guys beat some tough kids out there," Zalesky said. "We had about 10-15 wins against some really strong competition."
Hall picked up three pins, the most of any wrestler in the open, and four wins, he has won six times in his first two events as a Lancer.
"We still need to open up more," Zalesky said. "Whenever we go against this tough competition we seem to hold back a little more."
Next Saturday the Lancers will travel to Atherton, Calif. to compete in the Menlo Invite, an event in which the Lancers had four champions last year.