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Dec 8, 2012 1:57 AM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly wrestling beats Cal Baptist for first dual-meet win of season

Trailing 5-1 after two periods, freshman J.T. Goodwin turned his 197-pound match around in the final period, pinning Paul Head in 6 minutes, 9 seconds, to lead Cal Poly to a 27-19 victory over Cal Baptist in a non-conference dual wrestling meet, the Mustangs' home opener, Friday night inside Mott Gym.

Goodwin earned an escape, takedown and three-point near fall early in the third period for a 7-5 lead, then pinned Head to give head coach Brendan Buckley's Mustangs an insurmountable 27-13 advantage with one bout remaining.

Cal Poly forfeited the 285-pound bout. Had Head held on to his lead entering the final round, Cal Baptist would have trailed 21-16 and picked up six points for the forfeit at 285 to win the dual meet by a single point.

Instead, Goodwin raised his record to 4-7 with his second pin as a Mustang.

Cal Poly won just three other bouts on the mat, picking up 12 points on forfeits by the visiting Lancers.

Cal Baptist led 9-6 after the first three bouts before the Mustangs put together a three-bout winning streak.

Mustang 149-pounder Damien Arredondo earned a 6-2 decision over Dylan Cataline, jumping to a 5-0 lead in the opening period and an escape in the final period. Arredondo is now 3-2 for the season.

At 157, Mustang junior Kyle Chene was an 11-4 winner over Alec Smith, giving Cal Poly a 15-9 lead halfway through the 10-bout card. Chene scored the first eight points of the bout with a takedown and pair of two-point near falls in the first period and a takedown early in the second period, lifting his record to 9-4 on the year.

And at 165, Mustang Connor King earned a 6-2 decision over Anthony Ballinger, scoring a takedown in each of the first two periods and an escape and riding time in the third period. King is now 4-7 for the season.

King's win gave Cal Poly a 15-9 lead. Cal Baptist sophomore Kenneth Tribble won by major decision at 174 and, after the Lancers forfeited at 184, Goodwin clinched the dual meet for the Mustangs with his come-from-behind victory at 197.

Cal Poly, 1-2 in duals this season, will compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Reno Event Center.

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