Big Men Lift Titans Over Broncos

Jan. 11, 2008

Fullerton, Calif. -

Sophomore John Drake made a dramatic late rally at 197 pounds and heavyweight Wade Sauer preserved the hard-fought advantage as Cal State Fullerton won the final two bouts for a 19-13 Pac-10 wrestling victory over visiting Boise State.

The Titans improved to 6-5 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 duals while the Broncos are now 2-1 and 0-1.

With the team score tied at 13 after eight bouts, Boise State's Matt Casperson took Drake down for a 4-3 lead with about 15 seconds to go in the match. But Drake escaped to tie the score and then scored a takedown and a near fall at the buzzer for an 8-4 victory that put the Titans ahead, 16-13. Sauer then scored an early takedown of Nick Smith and went on to log a 5-2 decision to secure the victory.

Fullerton jumped out to a 13-0 lead after four bouts highlighted by Teddy Astorga's 10-1 major decision at 141 over Cam Jones. Earlier, in the featured bout of the night, Fullerton's T. J. Dillashaw scored a 7-1 decision over the Broncos' Cory Fish in a battle between the Pac-10's No. 1 and No. 2 rated wrestlers, respectively.

Boise State got on the scoreboard at 157 pounds when Tyler Sherfey beat Devin Velasquez, 3-0. But the Broncos had been charged with two misconduct calls during the 149-pound bout so the team score was 13-1.

Kurt Swartz won for the Broncos at 165, Nate Lee pinned Todd Noel at 174 and Kirk Smith upset Ian Murphy, the Pac-10's No. 1 ranked 184-pounder, to tie the score.

Fullerton hosts Arizona State on Sunday while the Broncos travel to Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly to complete their weekend schedule.

Cal State Fullerton 19, Boise State 13
125 - Andre Gonzalez (CSF) dec. Alan Bartelli (BSU), 6-5
133 - T. J. Dillashaw (CSF) dec. Cory Fish (BSU), 7-1
141 - Teddy Astorga (CSF) maj. dec. Cam Jones (BSU), 10-1
149 - Morgan Atkinson (CSF) dec. Adam Hall (BSU), 7-4
157 - Tyler Sherfey (BSU) dec. Devin Velasquez (CSF), 3-0
165 - Kurt Swartz (BSU) dec. Teddy Bristol (CSF), 7-1
174 - Nate Lee (BSU) pinned Todd Noel (CSF), 2:05
184 - Kirk Smith dec. Ian Murphy (CSF), 3-2
197 - John Drake (CSF) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU), 8-4
Hvy - Wade Sauer (CSF) dec. Nick Smith (BSU), 5-2

Boise State lost 2 team points for misconduct during the 149-pound bout