Tournament may offer bright future for Titan wrestling

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If the 22nd California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational is a preview to Cal State Fullerton's upcoming Pac 10 performance, head coach Ardeshir Asgari is optimistic about the future.

The Titans finished the invitational with a fifth place finish out of the seven California colleges and universities that competed, but CSUF did place wrestlers in every weight class.

"The team performance was very impressive," Asgari said.

Junior Joey Coughran recorded a 3-2 decision over David Yi of UC Davis to clinch the 126-pound title.

Junior Jason Webster also won the 167-pound division with a 6-3 decision over Pete Grant of Stanford.

Junior Steve Duran, a 158-pounder, and junior Jonathon DyReyes, a 190-pounder, finished third and fourth respectively in their weight classes.

Although Asgari said he was impressed with the team performance, he said the Titans could have finished higher if CSUF had wrestlers to compete in both the 134-pound and 190-pound weight class.

The Titans were forced to forfeit matches in those classes due to injuries.

Freshman Babak Nejadmaghaddam, a 190-pounder, was involved in a car accident on Jan. 29 and was knocked unconscious for approximately four hours. Nejadmaghaddam has not practiced since the accident, but Asgari said he expects him back for Pac 10 competition.

Sophomore Maurico Mora, a 134-pounder who won the tournament last year, also sat out for the weekend with an injured shoulder.

"With both of them competing, we could have won the tournament," Asgari said. Currently, the Titans hold a 1-3 in record in the Pac 10 and are 3-8 overall.

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