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One Up, Two Down
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 01/12/2013
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GUNNISON, Colo. --- Since beginning the spring semester competition on Jan. 3, California Baptist University wrestling has been busy. The team has competed in eight duals in a nine day span, including three today.

CBU traveled to Western State Colorado University to compete in the 23rd annual Tracey Borah Duals. This is the Lancers first time participating in these duals, but the competition was not new, coming in the Lancers were 2-0 all-time against Colorado State-Pueblo and 1-0 against Western State Colorado.

The Lancers began the day with a 22-19 win over Colorado State-Pueblo, a dual in which CBU held the lead after all but three matches.

CBU won five of the 10 matches including two big technical fall wins by Bradford Gerl and Zach Merrill. Alec Smith, Paul Head and Dakota Thayer also scored points for the Lancers.

CBU took on the dual host Western State Colorado next. They were able to battle to four match wins, but fell short in total points to the Mountaineers who took the 25-20 win. Following the loss, the Lancers dropped to 4-7 on the year while WSCU improved to 4-2.

Even in the loss, Gerl, Merrill and Taylor Hall continued to be bright spots on a struggling CBU team. Gerl won his 19th match of the year, fifth by major decision, Merrill won his 20th of 2012-2013 and Hall notched the 16th win of his freshman campaign. Smith also picked up a major decision win, his fourth of the year.

For their final action of the day, the Lancers took on the Mustangs of Southwest Minnesota State. CBU dropped its eighth dual of the season, falling short 28-15.

Once again CBU won just four of the 10 dual matches. Hall, Gerl, Paul Miller and Merrill were the victors for the Lancers in the last dual. Miller's 3-1 decision win at 157-pounds was his seventh win of the year.

CBU now has a mini five day break until they return to action in back-to-back days with the Mile High Duals Jan. 18 and the Embry-Riddle Open Jan. 19.

Dual Results:

125 - Taylor Hall (2-1)

133 - Dakota Thayer (1-2)

141 - Bradford Gerl (3-0)

149 - Alec Smith (2-1)

157 - Paul Miller (1-2)

165 - Anthony Ballinger (0-3)

174 - Kenneth Tribble (0-3)

184 - Paul Head (1-2)

197 - David Dill (0-3)

285 - Zach Merrill (3-0)

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