I'm very anxious to see Coach Smith get his first All American at CSU-Bakersfield & I think this is the season he does it. It's a pivotal moment for a head coach to crown his first All American. A turning point & I'm hoping that happens for Coach Smith this season.
Here's the man that can do it. Chance Rich heads into his junior season a two time PAC-12 runner-up, who was one match shy of All American status in 2021. He's already proven he can beat All Americans with wins over Devan Turner of Oregon State & Michael McGee of Arizona State. A Reno runner-up last season, he will also challenge for the PAC-12 title.
A 2021 NCAA qualifier for the Roadrunners, Angelo Martinoni was among some of the best talent last season to not be selected for the NCAA championships. 20-12 on the season, he took an 8th place finish at CKLV.
It was absolute chaos last year at the PAC-12 championships, as Albert Urias did not have the finish he was looking for. Nevertheless, this is a new year & he's quite capable of doing many great things for the Roadrunners this season. A 25-14 record, he has victories over PAC-12 champion Tyler Eischens of Stanford, as well as Anthony Mantanona of Oklahoma, Sam Wolf of Air Force & Tristan Wills of Little Rock.