SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. --- Six of 10 matches were won by decision on Friday afternoon, as California Baptist University fought from behind to win a close dual at San Francisco State University.
The turning point in the match was a 5-0 win by Alec Smith at 157-pounds. Prior to Smith's match, the Lancers had lost three straight matches, two of them by pin.
Smith's win may have only earned three points for CBU, but it stopped what could have been a messy streak of losses. His three points made the score 15-6.
A loss at 165-pounds had the Lancers back on the losing side of the mat, but A shutout by Kenneth Tribble helped swing the momentum in favor of the Lancers. After his 3-0 win by decision, CBU did not lose another match for the remainder of the dual.
After a win from Paul Head, the match rested in the hands of David Dill. Entering his match, CBU trailed the Gators 19-12. After Dill was Zach Merrill, but the Gators did not have a heavyweight to dual with him, so that would be an automatic six points for CBU. Due to this, Dill only needed to get more than one point to secure the Lancer win.
He did, he won a 15-7 major decision and wrapped up a 22-19 victory for CBU.
Entering today's dual, CBU was 4-3 overall when facing San Francisco State. The two programs have always battled closely as SFST led the Lancers in total dual points, 135-124. The victory moves CBU to 5-3 and narrows that point margin to 154-146.
The Lancers are back in action tomorrow as they have 23 wrestlers competing in the California Collegiate Open.