Cal Poly and Drexel split the 10 bouts, but the visiting Dragons won two matches by fall which proved decisive in a 25-21 dual meet victory Thursday night inside Mott Athletics Center.
Ebed Jarrell, ranked 18th in the nation at 165 pounds, overcame an early 2-0 deficit for his fall in 4 minutes, 57 seconds, while Michael O'Malley jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first period on his way to a fall in 2:53.
Those pins gave Drexel a 25-9 advantage and, even though Cal Poly won the final three bouts, it was not enough to complete a comeback.
The loss was Cal Poly's first in three duals this season. Drexel improved to 4-3.
Drexel won the first three bouts for a 13-0 advantage. Included in that run was a narrow 6-5 win by 125-pounder Antonio Mininno over Mustang Benny Martinez thanks to a 1-minute, 2-second advantage in riding time.
Joshy Cortez stopped the Drexel run with an 18-2 technical fall over Jared Donahue at 149. Cortez scored a takedown and four-point near fall in the first period, two takedowns, an escape and another four-point near fall in the second period and closed out the match with a takedown 32 seconds into the final period.
Brawley Lamer followed with a 13-2 major decision over Felix Belga at 157, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit with a pair of takedowns, an escape, a reversal, a four-point near fall, a penalty point and riding time.
The pair of falls by Drexel turned the match back in favor of the Dragons.
Trent Tracy led Cal Poly's late comeback with a 9-5 decision at 184, scoring two takedowns, a pair of escapes, a reversal and riding time.
Tom Lane, ranked Nos. 8-10 at 197 this week, improved to 7-1 on the year with a 5-0 decision over Bryan McLaughlin. After a scoreless first period, Lane tallied a penalty point for stalling in the second period and a takedown, another penalty point and riding time for the win.
The final match was halted midway through the first period when Cal Poly's Samuel Aguilar and Drexel's Sean O'Malley butted heads. O'Malley suffered a possible broken nose and was forced to default the match.
Cal Poly 141-pounder Jake Ryan was trailing Tyler Williams 3-2 in the first period when Ryan was hit in the head and suffered a possible concussion. Williams won by injury default.
Drexel fell to Stanford 26-11 earlier in the day at Mott Athletics Center.
Cal Poly will send several wrestlers to the Midlands on Dec. 29-30 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Drexel (25) at Cal Poly (21):
125 -- Antonio Mininno (D) dec. Benny Martinez (CP) 6-5
133 -- Chandler Olson (D) maj. dec. Trae Vasquez (CP) 10-2
141 -- Tyler Williams (D) by injury default over Jake Ryan (CP) 1:29
149 -- Joshy Cortez (CP) tech. fall Jared Donahue (D) 18-2, 5:38
157 -- Brawley Lamer (CP) maj. dec. Felix Belga (D) 13-2
165 -- ebed Jarrell (D) pinned Bernie Truax (CP) 4:57
174 -- Michael O'Malley (D) pinned Nathan Tausch (CP) 2:56
184 -- Trent Tacy (CP) dec. Anthony Walters (D) 9-5
197 -- Tom Lane (CP) dec. Bryan McLaughlin (D) 5-0
285 -- Samuel Aguilar (CP) by injury default over Sean O'Malley (D) 1:13
-Provided by Cal Poly