Cal Poly Roundup: Mustangs welcome 2020 with swimming & diving against Fresno State, dual Wrestling meet this Friday night

Cal Poly Roundup: Mustangs welcome 2020 with swimming & diving against Fresno State, dual Wrestling meet this Friday night

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Cal Poly Women’s Swimming and Diving Hosts Fresno State Saturday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women’s swimming and diving team will host its first meet of the new decade this weekend when welcoming Fresno State to San Luis Obispo.

The meet against the Bulldogs will get underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday from Anderson Aquatic Center.

This will be the second dual of the season for the Mustang women’s team. They previously fell to UCSB back in October.

So far this season, Cal Poly has been led on the women’s side in swimming by senior Amelia Feick, who has won three individual events and was Cal Poly’s ‘Queen of the Pool’ in the pentathlon exhibition with Cal.

In diving, freshman Joelle Weltner has won twice this season, both coming in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives in the dual against the Gauchos.

Following Saturday, Cal Poly diving heads to the UCLA Diving Invitational Jan. 17-19 while swimming will return to action on Jan. 25 at home against UC Santa Cruz.

- Connor Leary of Cal Poly Athletics Communication contributed this report 

Cal Poly to Host Northern Illinois for Dual Wrestling Meet Friday Night

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Northern Illinois will bring a trio of Midlands place winners to San Luis Obispo for a non-conference dual meet against Cal Poly Friday night inside Mott Athletics Center.

First bout between the 6-3 Huskies and 2-2 Mustangs begins at 7 p.m.

Feature match of the evening likely will be at 197 pounds as Cal Poly senior Tom Lane (10-3) faces Gage Braun (14-8).

A two-time national qualifier, Lane did not place in this year's Midlands, posting a 2-2 mark. Braun finished fifth. Lane slipped to No. 12 in the InterMat poll this week while Braun remains unranked.

Braun was 12-1 as a true freshman a year ago, placing first in three tournaments. Lane brings a 76-46 career record into tonight’s dual. Braun and Lane have yet to meet on the mat in their collegiate careers.

Another intriguing match could take place at 165 as Cal Poly's Bernie Truax puts his 9-8 record up against Izzak Olejnik (10-7), who placed eighth at the Midlands two weeks ago.

Northern Illinois 184-pounder Brit Wilson is 12-1 on the year and placed third at the Midlands a year ago at 174. Wilson was 25-7 last season and qualified for the nationals as a redshirt freshman.

Ryan Ludwig is in his ninth season as head coach at Northern Illinois. He has coached 19 NCAA qualifiers, eight All-MAC honorees, one MAC champion and 15 Academic All-MAC selections. The Huskies have reached double-digit win totals twice under Ludwig, scoring 10 wins in 2012-13 and 2014-15.

Ludwig was an assistant at NIU for six seasons prior to becoming head coach in May 2012. As a wrestler, Ludwig was a three-time NAIA All-American and a national finalist at 157 pounds while wrestling at University of Findlay.

Northern Illinois' six dual meet victories are against Bucknell, Harper, Clarion, Indianapolis, Kent State and Central Michigan.

Cal Poly opened the 2019-20 season with wins over San Francisco State and Buffalo, but fell to Drexel at home and Fresno State on the road.

In addition to Lane and Truax, Mustangs with winning records include Benny Martinez (7-6) at 125 pounds, Trae Vasquez (4-3) (pictured at left) at 133, Jake Ryan (5-4) at 141 and Samuel Aguilar (7-4) at 285.

Senior 149-pounder Joshy Cortez is close to the .500 mark at 6-7.

Cal Poly and Northern Illinois, located in DeKalb, Ill., 64 miles west of Chicago, are facing each other in a dual meet for the first time tonight.

Other home duals this season all Pac-12 duals, are versus Stanford on Jan. 17, CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 14 and Arizona State on Feb. 15. The Stanford dual is part of Alumni Weekend, which features the Fourth Annual Crab Feed on Jan. 18 inside the Recreation Center's Multi-Activity Center.

Stanford will host the Pac-12 Championship on March 7, with the NCAA Division I National Championship slated for March 19-21 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

Probable Lineups

Cal Poly (2-2)

125 — Benny Martinez (7-6), Sophomore, Eastlake, Calif.

133 — Trae Vasquez (4-3), Redshirt Freshman, Kalispell, Mont.

141 — Jake Ryan (5-4), Redshirt Freshman, Oakdale, Calif.

149 — Joshy Cortez (6-7), Senior, Temecula, Calif.

157 — Brawley Lamer (5-8), Sophomore, Corvallis, Ore.

165 — Bernie Truax (9-8), Redshirt Freshman, Oceanside, Calif.

174 — Max Aguirre (1-0), Freshman, Bakersfield, Calif.

184 — Trent Tracy (4-6), Freshman, Bakersfield, Calif.

197 — Tom Lane (10-3), Senior, Garden City, N.Y.

285 — Sam Aguilar (7-4), Sophomore, Apple Valley, Calif.

Northern Illinois (6-3)

125 - Bryce West (13-8), Sophomore, Solon, Iowa

133 - Caleb Brooks (2-5), Sophomore, Canal Winchester, Ohio

141 - Anthony Gibson (7-4), Sophomore, Westland, Mich.

149 - McCoy Kent (12-3), Senior, Modesto, Calif.

157 - Mason Kauffman (9-6), Sophomore, Stratford, Wisc.

165 - Izzak Olejnik (10-7), Sophomore, Bakersfield, Calif.

174 - Kenny Moore (5-5), Junior, San Diego, Calif.

184 - Brit Wilson (12-1), Sophomore, Mexico, Missouri

197 - Gage Braun (14-8), Sophomore, Springfield, Ohio

285 - Max Ihry (8-9), Junior, Naperville, Illinois

- Eric Burdick, Cal Poly Associate Director of Athletics for Communications contributed this report 

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