Wrestlers Come Up Short Against Cal State Fullerton, 28-13
Feb. 15, 2004
GREELEY, Colo.- The University of Northern Colorado wrestling squad dropped a hard fought match to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday evening in Butler-Hancock Hall, 28-13. The match wrapped up a busy day for both UNC and Cal State Fullerton. UNC lost a 37-3 decision to North Dakota State and Cal State Fullerton lost on criteria at Wyoming, 21-21.
The Bears fell behind 7-0 early on as the Titans scored a major decision at 149 pounds and a decision at 157 pounds. Brett Gordon tallied a 13-5 win over UNC's Dustin Uhland and Dustin Vance notched a 10-3 win over the Bears' Mikell Surber.
UNC's Mark Reavley put the Bears on the board with a 7-6 win over the Titans' Risto Marttinen at 165 pounds.
But Cal State Fullerton put the match away by running off three straight wins that included a pin, technical fall and a decision. Leonel Sanchez pinned UNC's Alex Joseph (5:37) at 174 pounds. Ian Murphy tallied a technical fall over the Bears' Nathan Kimberlin (20-5) at 184 pounds. The Titans' Landon Seefeldt shutout UNC's Reece Hopkin (7-0) at 197 pounds.
The Bears' highlight of the evening came when redshirt freshman Matt Sens earned his first win of the season in dramatic fashion. Sens trailed Cal State Fullerton's Matthew Fitu in the second period, 4-2. However, Sens threw Fitu to his back and put the finishing touches on his first victory by pinning Fitu at 3:54.
UNC's Kyle Swenson improved to 10-8 on the season with a 13-5 major decision over the Titans' Chris Sanchez at 133 pounds.
The Bears dropped to 2-10 on the season, while Cal State Fullerton improved to 6-13.
UNC's next match will be its final home match of the season on Feb. 26. UNC will play host to Utah Valley State at 7 p.m.