ATHERTON, Calif. - In its first tournament of the new season, Menlo College had seven wrestlers win their respective pool at the Menlo Open on Sunday at Haynes-Prim Pavilion. In all, 11 Oaks finished in the top three on the day.
A pair of nationally-ranked Menlo grapplers posted some of the bigger results of the competition for the Oaks. Christian Martinez won Pool F with a 13-8 decision over CSU Bakersfield while Josh Emmett took Pool I with a 6-4 decision against Cal Poly's Stephen Thalin. In Pool N, Mike Cavanaugh won an 8-0 major decision versus Cal Poly's Ben Crosby as the three Oaks won their pool-deciding matches over NCAA Div. I foes.
In Pool A, Menlo's Jason Moorhouse placed first and fellow Oak Drake Medieros third; in Pool C, Eric Garcia lost a 4-3 decision to Cal Poly's Brandon Rocha and settled for second place; In Pool H, Travis Olson beat teammate Mike Righi, wrestling unattached, 8-7 for third; Adrian Gonzales won a 5-3 decision for first place in Pool J; and in Pool P, Ozzie Preciado won with a technical fall victory over fellow Oak P.J. Cress.
The Menlo Open closed out the Oaks opening weekend of the season, as well as the first under head coach Joey Martinez. Menlo defeated Skyline 53-0 in a dual on Saturday night before the quick turnaround to Sunday morning.