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Falling Short in Phoenix
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 01/05/2013
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PHOENIX, Ariz. --- Just two days after completing a thrilling dual victory over the Colorado School of Mines, California Baptist University traveled to Phoenix to participate in the annual Grand Canyon Duals.

Last season, the Lancers went 3-3 at two sets of Grand Canyon Duals while facing five nationally ranked teams.

This year, CBU participated in three rounds of the duals, facing Minnesota State University Moorhead, Chadron State and No. 3 St. Cloud State.

Their first action of the day came against MSU Moorhead at 9 a.m. In a tight battle the Lancers fell just short, losing to the Dragons 27-18.

Four Lancers won their matches in the dual, but it was one fall, one technical fall and two major decisions that propelled the Dragons to victory over the Lancers.

Dual Recap:

125 - Taylor Hall (CBU) def. Mitchell Dunlap (Moor) 16-1 (Technical Fall)

133 - Philippe Walker (Moor) def. Dakota Thayer (CBU) 6-2 (Decision)

141 - Bradford Gerl (CBU) def. Angel Vega (Moor) 11-2 (Major Decision)

149 - Casey Williams (Moor) def. Alec Smith (CBU) 18-2 (Technical Fall)

157 - Jacob Bennett (Moor) def. Paul Miller (CBU) 7-2 (Decision)

165 - Kerron Williams (Moor) def. Anthony Ballinger (CBU) 13-1 (Major Decision)

174 - Jesse Puncochar (Moor) def. Kenneth Tribble (CBU) 12-1 (Major Decision)

184 - Matt Lewellen (Moor) def. Paul Head (CBU) fall, 4:59

197 - David Dill (CBU) def. Lucas Moderow (Moor) 7-3 (Decision)

285 - Zach Merrill (CBU) def. Gerad Fugleberg (Moor) fall

The win by pin was Merrill's fifth of the year and his 16th overall match win. Hall and Gerl have now each won three straight matches, all in duals. Dill's victory was his third dual win of the season, all at 197-pounds.

At 12:30 p.m. the Lancers took to the mats against No. 3 St. Cloud State. The Lancers entered the dual with a 3-3 overall record and the Huskies had a 5-0 mark. CBU fought hard against the Huskies, but could not muster enough dual points to take them down, losing 33-9.

Hall and Gerl continued their winning streaks, each winning their match. Their victories were the only match wins CBU had in the dual. Hall, entering the match with a 12-5 record, pinned Eric Forde (10-3) just 2:50 in, giving the Lancers a quick 6-0 lead. Gerl's decision makes him 7-0 in dual matches in 2012-13.

Two falls and a technical fall gave the Huskies the points that they needed to overcome even the close other matches.

Dual Recap:

125 - Hall (CBU) def. Eric Forde (SCS) fall, 2:50

133 - Andy Pokorny (SCS) def. Thayer (CBU) 7-2 (Decision)

141 - Gerl (CBU) def. Jay Hildreth (SCS) 7-1 (Decision)

149 - Jacob D. Horn (SCS) def. Smith (CBU) 7-1 (Decision)

157 - Clint Poster (SCS) vs. Miller (CBU) fall, 3:30

165 - Gabe Fogarty (SCS) def. Ballinger (CBU) 16-0 (Technical Fall)

174 - Kurt Salmen (SCS) def. Tribble (CBU) 8-0 (Major Decision)

184 - Shamus O'Grady (SCS) def. Head (CBU) fall, 5:53

197 - Chris Brassell (SCS) def. Dill (CBU) 6-4 (Decision)

285 - Jacob Kahnke (SCS) def. Merrill (CBU) 2-1 (Decision)

CBU's third and final dual of the day came against Chadron State. Two big wins by pin had the Lancers up 12-10 after the first five matches of the dual. Hall picked up his seventh dual win of the season and eight win by pin. Smith recorded just his second dual victory of the year with a big pin of Reed Burgener.

Merrill also got back to his winning ways in the dual. He pinned his opponent Mike Hill just :28 into their match, his fastest pin of 2012-13. The three wins by pin were not enough to put the Lancers over the top as they fell to the Eagles 24-18.

Dual Recap:

125 - Hall (CBU) def. Jace Johnson (CSC) fall, 1:52

133 - Perry McAfee (CSC) def. Thayer (CBU) 4-1 (Decision)

141 - Leandro Arias (CSC) def. Gerl (CBU) 10-7 (Decision)

149 - Smith (CBU) def. Burgener (CSC) fall, 2:32

157 - Bruce Zurek (CSC) def. Miller (CBU) 8-0 (Major Decision)

165 - Tyler Smart (CSC) def. Ballinger (CBU) 1-0 (Decision)

174 - Devan Fors (CSC) def. Tribble (CBU) 3-1 (Decision)

184 - Jordan Debus (CSC) def. Head (CBU) 17-1 (Technical Fall)

197 - Chris Leak (CSC) def. Dill (CBU) 12-7 (Decision)

285 - Merrill (CBU) def. Mike Hill (CSC) fall, :28

CBU looks to put the 0-3 performance at the Grand Canyon Duals behind them as they get set to take on Colorado Mesa in a dual on Jan. 10.
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