David A. Willauer-Contributing Writer-Former Rancho Buena Vista alum and current Cal Poly Mustang and 184 pounder Bernie Truax will be going for his 2nd Pac 12 Wrestling Title this coming Sunday, March 6, 2022 that will be held at the Desert Financial Arena on the campus of Arizona State University.
The current Mustang made history as he placed fourth at the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships that was held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
More information on Bernie Bruax —
- HEIGHT 6-1
- WEIGHT 184
- CLASS Redshirt Sophomore
- HOMETOWN Oceanside, CA
- HIGHSCHOOL Rancho Buena Vista HS
- Overall: 45-21; Duals: 13-4
2020-21 — Compiled 13-3 record in shortened but outstanding sophomore season which included a perfect 5-0 mark in dual meets, a Pac-12 title at 174 pounds and a fourth-place All-American finish in the NCAA Division I National Championships at St. Louis … named Cal Poly’s Male Athlete of the Year along with baseball’s Brooks Lee … of his 13 wins, four were via fall, another four were by technical fall and one was by major decision … three of his falls were in less than 70 seconds … 2-0 in Pac-12 finals with a fall in 59 seconds against Triston Wills of Little Rock and an 11-2 major decision over Trey Munoz of Arizona State, becoming Cal Poly’s first Pac-12 champion in three years … 4-2 record at NCAA finals, winning his first three bouts to become the first Mustang to reach the semifinals in 10 years and clinch All-American status, Cal Poly’s first since 2012 … seeded 12th, Truax posted wins over fifth-seeded Logan Massa of Michigan and another against fourth-seeded Mikey Labriola of Nebraska … opened his bid for a national title with a technical fall versus unseeded Jacob Oliver of Edinboro … led the Mustangs in takedowns during dual meets with 17.
2019-20 — As a redshirt freshman, posted stellar 18-11 record, finishing third in Pac-12 Championships at 165 pounds and earning an at-large berth in NCAA Division I National Championships, the first Mustang freshman to qualify for the nationals in seven years … posted 3-1 mark in Pac-12 finals … also was 3-2 in Michigan State Open, 2-2 in Las Vegas Invitational and 2-2 in Midlands … earned a pair of falls, five technical falls and three majors … one of his technical falls was an 18-0 rout which he completed in the first period … 8-4 in dual meets … second in overall wins to three-time national qualifier Tom Lane on team … ranked No. 31 at 165 pounds in final NCAA Coaches Poll.
2018-19 — Redshirt … competed in five open tournaments, winning 14 of 21 matches with one fall (3:26 over Kalani Tonge in Menlo Open), four technical falls and two majors … placed second in Menlo Open, Menlo Invitational and California Collegiate Open … also competed in Roadrunner Open and Reno Tournament of Champions … started season at 149 pounds and moved up to 157 in January.
High School — Truax finished third at 145 pounds in the 2018 California state high school wrestling championship after claiming first place in the CIF-San Diego Section Masters Meet as a senior at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, California
- … posted 43-5 record in final prep season, placing first in CIF-San Diego Section Division II finals
- … placed second in the state finals at 138 pounds as a junior
- … was the first Rancho Buena Vista wrestler in 12 years to be a state finalist
- … en route to a 46-6 record, Truax finished first in the CIF-San Diego Section Division I Championship and was second at the Masters Meet and fifth in the Battle for the Belt
- … as a sophomore, Truax finished first in the CIF-San Diego Section Division I Championship and third in the Masters Meet, qualifying for the state finals
- … placed fifth in Iowa Nationals and fourth in Fargo Greco-Roman
- … also was recruited by Pittsburgh.
Personal — Son of Bernie and Kelly Truax has a sister, Jaiden and wants to be a wrestling coach. Has solved Rubik’s Cube in 45 seconds. Bernie was born in Orange County and is majoring in sociology. https://gopoly.com/sports/wrestling/roster/bernie-truax/7467
Link of the PAC 12 Brackets https://xs.pac-12.com/2022-03/2022%20Pac%2012%20Championship%20Brackets.pdf