The Cal Poly wrestling team had four wrestlers still in contention after competition was complete Friday at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Colton Schilling (141 pounds), Blake Kastl (157) and J.T. Goodwin (197) all reached the Round of 16 before falling into the wrestlebacks. Andrew Morgan (174), who is wrestling unattached, earned a pair of wins in the wrestlebacks after an early loss.
Schilling earned a 5-2 decision and a fall in 4 minutes, 37 seconds, before he forfeited his match against Joey McKenna of Stanford for medical reasons. He is scheduled to face Jared Price of Navy on Saturday morning.
Kastl had a first-round bye before posting a 3-1 decision. He lost by a 3-0 decision to third-seeded Luke Smith of Central Michigan and will face Zachary Stepan of Air Force on Saturday morning.
Goodwin also drew a first-round bye, then edged Joshua Murphy of Drexel 4-3 before dropping a 7-1 decision to Vincent Pickett of Edinboro. Goodwin goes against Jackson Lewis of Central Michigan on Saturday morning.
Morgan dropped his first match in overtime, 8-6, then posted 7-1 and 2-1 victories to advance in the wrestlebacks. The freshman faces Christian Brucki of Central Michigan on Saturday morning.
The fourth round of the wrestlebacks are scheduled for Saturday.
A total of 10 teams ranked in preseason polls are among the 30 colleges and universities entered in the tournament. Thirty NCAA All-Americans, including a pair of national champions, are among the 300 wrestlers competing for top honors.
The two defending national champions — 165-pounder Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State and 184-pounder Gabe Dean of Cornell — are in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
No. 1 Penn State leads the team standings after Friday’s matches with 47.5 points, followed by No. 2 Oklahoma State with 44.5 points and No. 4 Cornell with 40.