Coach Jon Sioredas’ Mustangs (0-2) jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first two bouts and trailed 11-10 halfway through the matchup before surrendering numerous bonus points down the stretch.
Northwestern (3-2), which fell to Stanford 21-15 earlier in the evening, was visiting Mott Athletics Center for the third straight year and improved its record against Cal Poly in the all-time series to 4-0.
Wrestling in his first dual as a Mustang, redshirt freshman Willem DeBoer scored a quick takedown in the first period, added a takedown and escape in the second period and another takedown plus riding time in the final period for an 8-0 shutout over Branden Devine at 184 pounds, the opening bout.
DeBoer is 5-3 for the season.
Junior Tom Lane, an NCAA qualifier a year ago, improved to 5-4 this season with a 4-2 win over Zack Chakonis at 197. After a scoreless first period, Lane earned an escape but surrendered a takedown, trailing 2-1 entering the final period. A two-point near fall and riding time in the final period completed the 4-2 comeback victory.
Senior Yoshito Funakoshi scored a takedown with one second remaining to edge Colin Valdiviez at 133. Funakoshi, now 6-3 for the year, jumped to a 4-1 lead with two takedowns in the first period but was the victim of a four-point near fall in the second period, entering the final period trailing 5-4.
True freshman Nathan Tausch earned a dominating win over Braxton Cody in the final bout of the evening at 174. He lifted his record to 5-4 by scoring nine takedowns and a two-point near fall for a 20-7 lead before pinning Cody with 43 seconds remaining in the match.
Cal Poly will head to the Silver State for competition in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Thursday.
Northwestern (32) at Cal Poly (16):
184 — Willem DeBoer (CP) maj. dec. Branden Devine (NU) 8-0
197 — Tom Lane (CP) dec. Zack Chakonis (NU) 4-2
285 — Conan Jennings (NU) tech. fall Samuel Aguilar (CP) 15-0 (7:00)
125 — Sebastian Rivera (NU) pinned Benny Martinez (CP) 1:459
133 — Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) dec. Colin Valdiviez (NU) 6-5
141 — Yahya Thomas (NU) tech. fall Ryan Farina (CP) 20-3 (5:39)
149 — Shayne Oster (NU) tech. fall Ty Schilling (CP) 18-3 (7:00)
157 — Paul Fox (NU) wins by forfeit
165 — Ryan Deakin (NU) tech. fall Brawley Lamer (CP) 19-3 (4:16)
174 — Nathan Tausch (CP) pinned Braxton Cody (NU) 6:17
-Provided by Cal Poly