Cal Poly 1st XV finishes fall pre-season undefeated; Women notch first victory

The Cal Poly 1st XV beat Santa Barbara Rugby Academy 41-22 on Saturday to improve their record to 4-0 for the fall term. The Mustangs have scored at least 40 points in each of their matches so far.

“In preseason rugby the process is always more important than the results, but to win all four matches through the term is very pleasing,” Head Coach James Tesoriero said, “to score 40 or more points in each match is a reflection of the type of rugby we are trying to play.”

Cal Poly opened the match with two quick tries in the back line from Mark Grzanich and Ivy Adair. Senior Prop Nathan Sylvia also joined the fun in the opening minutes, dotting down one of three tries for him on the day.

Santa Barbara Rugby Academy responded with two tries of their own before the end of the second half. Cal Poly maintained control throughout the match however and scored four more tries to close out the game.

Cal Poly will play their next match January 14th at home in a rematch against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy to start off the Mustang’s winter season. Other non-conference matches in the winter include fixtures against #2 Cal, #4 BYU and a friendly against conference rival #20 San Diego State.

“We are scheduled to play some of the best College teams in the country between now and the D1a season, so we will need to find further improvement in order to compete, but we have identified several areas where can improve on the Fall’s performances,” Tesoriero said.

Cal Poly scoring vs. Santa Barbara Rugby Academy:

Tries: Nathan Sylvia (3), Ivy Adair (2), Mark Grzanich (1), Connor Miller (1)

Conversions: Corey McGrillen (2), Bobby Kaehms (1)


The Women’s team played their third and final match of the season on Sunday. The Mustangs beat UC Santa Barbara at home by a score of 51-14. This was the first women’s match played with a full side of 15.

Cal Poly conceded an initial lead to the Gauchos, but came back to take a 20-7 lead going into the half. The women exploded for 31 more points to rout UCSB by a 37 point margin, notching their first victory as a club.

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Cal Poly beats Fresno Rugby Club 40-0

The Cal Poly 1st XV posted their second shutout of the fall preseason on Saturday with a 40-0 win against Fresno Rugby Club. The Mustangs have outscored their fall opponents 143-10 so far.


This was the first away match for the men’s teams, as all three men’s sides traveled to Fresno.

Senior #8 Dustin Mollard had his third straight game with a try, but came off the field in the first half after an injury. Senior Mark Grzanich brings his season try-total to five with an intercepted pass taken for a try in the second half.


Other try-scorers include Senior Hooker Eddie McFarland and Sophomores Isaac Stoll and Sam Bradley.

The 2nd and 3rd XV lost their matches to Fresno State’s 1st and 2nd teams respectively. This is the 2nd XV’s first loss of the season, while the 3rd XV has yet to win a match.

The men’s teams will next play on the road against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy and Cal Poly Pomona on December 3. The women’s team will play their next match at home against UC Santa Barbara on December 4.



Cal Poly vs. Fresno Rugby Club Scoring Summary

Eddie McFarland, Corey McGrillen conversion CP 7  FRFC 0

Dustin Mollard, McGrillen conv. CP 14  FRFC 0

Penalty try, McGrillen conv. CP 21  FRFC 0

Isaac Stoll, McGrillen conv. CP 28  FRFC 0

Sam Bradley  CP 33  FRFC 0


Mark Grzanich, Grzanich conv. CP 40  FRFC 0

Cal Poly Rugby wins Lin Price Memorial Match against SLORFC

Cal Poly shutout SLO Men’s in a 62-0 win on Saturday. Cal Poly’s 1st XV has now scored 103 points in their first two matches of the fall.


Two different Mustangs recorded at least two tries. Seniors Dustin Mollard and Mark Grzanich both dotted down twice for tries.

#8 Dustin Mollard brings his total to 6 tries through the preseason, leading the team. Fullback Mark Grzanich recorded a hat-trick with three consecutive tries. Grzanich now has four tries in the preseason.

Other Cal Poly try-scorers include Sophomores Ryan Cooper and Sam Bradley, Senior Zach Markow and Freshman Marshall Brusca.

The Cal Poly Women’s team played their first home match against the SLO Women’s team, losing 32-22. Cal Poly took the initial lead, but ultimately fell behind to the more experienced team.


The men’s 2nd XV scored the most points of the day, beating Cal Lutheran 77-5. The 2nd side has now scored 120 points through their first two matches.

Cal Poly will send three teams next week to Fresno.


Cal Poly vs. SLORFC Scoring Summary:

Dustin Mollard, Corey McGrillen conversion (5:00) CP 7  SLORFC 0

Ryan Cooper, McGrillen conv. (12:00CP 14  SLORFC 0

Mark Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (17:00CP 21  SLORFC 0


Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (40:30CP 28  SLORFC 0

Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (44:00CP 35 SLORFC 0

Mollard (45:00CP 40  SLORFC 0

Nate Sylvia, McGrillen conv. (48:00CP 47  SLORFC 0

Sam Bradley (60:00CP 52  SLORFC 0

Zach Markow (70:00CP 57  SLORFC 0

Marshall Brusca (78:30CP 62  SLORFC 0

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Cal Poly Rugby to play SLORFC in annual Lin Price Memorial Match

Both Cal Poly Men’s and Women’s rugby teams will play the SLO Rugby Club on Saturday, November 12.

Salvador Guevara against SLORFC. Photo Daniel Dempster
Salvador Guevara against SLORFC. Photo Daniel Dempster

The men will play the annual Lin Price Memorial Match at 3:15 PM after the women’s match at 2:00 PM.

The men’s team won last year’s match 44-19. Cal Poly is also coming off of a 41-14 victory against Chico State last Saturday.

Cal Poly beat SLORFC behind #8 John Joe Murphy's 4-try performance in the last matchup between the two teams.
Cal Poly beat SLORFC behind #8 John Joe Murphy’s 4-try performance in the last matchup between the two teams.

This will be the first match for the women’s team at home, two weeks after their first-ever match against Fresno State.

The men’s 2nd XV will kick off against Cal Lutheran before the 1st XV and women’s at 12:30 PM.

All matches will be played at the Lower Sports Complex on Cal Poly campus.

Cal Poly Rugby beats Chico State 41-14

The Cal Poly Rugby 1st XV beat Chico State 41-14 in their first home match.





The Mustangs started off strong, scoring 36 unanswered points into the second half. Senior #8 Dustin Mollard scored four tries.

Mollard scored the first three tries of the match, two of which were scored off of 5-meter scrums.






Other Cal Poly try-scorers include Mark Grzanich, Sam Bradley and Joe Hearn.

This was the first 15s match for Cal Poly this fall. Last weekend’s fixture against UC Davis was cancelled due to field closures.






The Cal Poly 2nd XV also had a strong showing, beating Chico State 2nd XV 43-10. The 3rd XV lost to San Jose State.

Cal Poly will play SLORFC next week on Saturday, November 12 in the annual Lin Price Memorial Match. More details on the match will come. The women’s team will also play SLORFC, more details to come.





Cal Poly vs. Chico State scoring summary:

Dustin Mollard, Corey McGrillen conversion : CP 7 CHICO 0

Mollard : CP 12 CHICO 0

Mollard : CP 17 CHICO 0

Sam Bradley, McGrillen conv. : CP 24 CHICO 0


Mark Grzanich : CP 29 CHICO 0

Mollard, McGrillen conv. : CP 36 CHICO 0

Lawler (CHICO), Lawler conv. : CP 36 CHICO 7

Comacito (CHICO), Lawler conv: CP 36 CHICO 14

Joe Hearn : CP 41 CHICO 14

Cal Poly Women’s Rugby plays first match at Fresno State

Cal Poly women’s rugby played their first organized match this past weekend against Fresno State.

Cal Poly Women's Rugby
The Cal Poly women’s rugby team after their first match at Fresno State

The Mustangs put up 5 tries in a losing effort against an experienced Fresno State side.

“They had some very experienced ladies,” men’s head coach James Tesoriero said, “more than half of ours were playing their first game.”

The women’s team is scheduled to play again on November 12 against SLORFC. The men are also scheduled to play against SLORFC in the annual Lin Price Memorial Match on the same day.

Senior Liz Segars was team captain in the team's first match.
Senior Liz Segars was team captain in the team’s first match.


Cal Poly’s matches against UC Davis cancelled, women to play at Fresno State

Cal Poly men’s rugby will not be competing this weekend due to field closures. The women’s team will still be playing their first-ever match, but it will be on the road against Fresno State.

Associated Students Inc. (ASI) closed the lower sports complex due to rainy weather that has hit San Luis Obispo in the past two days.

The men’s teams will play against Chico State at home on November 5 for the Archibald Cup.

Cal Poly won last year’s matchup against Chico State.

Cal Poly Rugby roster announced for the second West Coast Sevens


The Cal Poly Rugby Sevens team will head north to Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif. to compete in the second West Coast Sevens tournament this Saturday, October 22nd. The tournament will last continue through Sunday.

The Mustangs will play their three pool matches on Saturday against Air Force, UCLA and Western Washington. Games will be streamed at

Sunday’s games are determined by the outcome of pool matches.


Cal Poly will travel with 16 players, listed below.

Player Year Hometown
Reece Erickson Senior Kalispell, Mont.
Salvador Guevara Senior Santa Ana, Calif.
Dan Hardiman Senior San Diego, Calif.
Tyler Hentges Sophomore Oakland, Calif.
Dustin Mollard Senior Penryn, Calif.
Sam Bradley Sophomore Seattle, Wash.
Connor Miller Sophomore Seattle, Wash.
Bobby Kaehms Freshman Dublin, Calif.
Will Campuzano Senior Long Beach, Calif.
Brandon Puccini Junior San Jose, Calif.
Grant Beadle Junior Austin, Texas
Zach Markow Senior Carmel Valley, Calif.
Ryan Cooper Sophomore Concord, Calif.
Marshall Brusca Freshman Granite Bay, Calif.
Barrett Lowe Junior Morgan Hill, Calif.
Riley Hilliker Senior Kirkland, Wash.

 Cal Poly will look to bounce back from a 1-3 performance at the previous West Coast 7s.

Mike Nunno and Brian Barnard inducted into Founder’s Club

Mike Nunno, class of 1982, and Brian Barnard, class of 2004, were inducted into the Cal Poly Rugby Founder’s Club last Saturday.


Mike studied and played rugby at Cal Poly from 1979-1982. In the spring of ’82, he graduated with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. In recent years, Mike and his wife Jill (Education ’90) have been busy raising two children, recent Cal Poly Rugby alumni son Nate (Wine and Viticulture ‘10) and daughter Addison . While Nate was playing at Poly, Mike became the first alumni to put the boots on and line up across from his son in the annual Alumni game. As a parent and wise alumni advisor, Mike traveled with the tem on its tour to Ireland in 2010, as well as the most recent trip to Italy and France. Mike continues to support and contribute to the club, staying local in San Luis Obispo. Mike helps organize many fundraisers, including one of the most successful ones in the recent past.


Brian joined CPRFC as a junior in 2001. In his first season playing rugby he worked his way to a starting role as a center. The following summer he traveled to South Africa with a group of Mustangs to get some overseas experience. It was there that coach and former Springbok Michael DuPlessis encouraged Brian to focus on size and speed, rather than passing, and switch to wing when he returned to the US.

As a wing Brian found success, along with the team, over the next 2 seasons. In both seasons he earned a spot on SCRFU Collegiate All-Star teams, and in 2004 was selected as a 1st Team All-American.

Upon graduation, Brian moved back to Northern California where he played his first Sevens season with Olympic Club in San Francisco. From there the East Coast Bays in the North Harbour League in Auckland, New Zealand picked him up. Barnard started at wing for their Men’s Premier Side until returning to the States and joining SF Golden Gate’s Super League squad.

The ensuing summer Brian was selected for the inaugural North American 4 tournament, which was invented to showcase the best Canadian and American player

s across 4 teams. As well as being selected the MVP of the tournament, Brian was called up to the USA Eagles for the 2006 Churchill Cup. Though he came off the bench against Ireland A, Brian’s first official Cap was a start against the New Zealand Maori.

Brian went on to earn 4 more Caps in 2006, scoring a try against a mighty Barbados side in a world cup qualifier. After injury and Zee Ngwenya derailed his World Cup hopes, Brian opted to attend grad school at Trinity College in Dublin where he also played wing for their All-Ireland League side.

Congratulations to Mike and Brian for their accomplishments as a part of the Cal Poly Rugby community!

Cal Poly finishes 8th in the West Coast Sevens

Cal Poly went 1-3 on Saturday to finish 8th in the first of two West Coast Sevens tournaments this fall.

Cal Poly went 1-3 in the 2016 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster
Cal Poly went 1-3 in the 2016 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster

The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 27-7 win against Stanford. Senior Dustin Mollard tallied two tries against the Cardinal, with fellow Senior Mark Grzanich and Sophomores Connor Miller and Ryan Cavanagh dotting down the other three in the opening match.

Sophomore Connor Miller against Arizona State. Photo Bob Kaehms
Sophomore Connor Miller against Arizona State. Photo Bob Kaehms

Cal Poly opened their second pool match by taking a 10-0 lead against Arizona State. The Sun Devils responded by scoring 26 unanswered points, defeating Cal Poly 26-10 and knocking the Mustangs out of a potential semi-final.

Cal Poly then lost to Santa Clara 24-7 and San Diego State 19-12.

#1 seed California defended their West Coast Sevens championship by beating #2 seed Saint Mary’s 38-5. The Golden Bears outscored their opponents 162-15.

California stands for the national anthem before the Cup Final. Photo Daniel Dempster
California stands for the national anthem before the Cup Final. Photo Daniel Dempster

Cal Poly will play their next rugby sevens competition on October 22/23 in the second West Coast Sevens tournament this fall. The tournament will run for two days at the San Francisco Golden Gate club fields in Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif.

Cal Poly will host defending D1AA national champions UC Davis on Saturday, October 29. This will be the first match between the two teams since 2014, when UC Davis was in the D1A California Conference.

Cal Poly Women’s Rugby will have their first match the same day against Fresno State. The team will kickoff their inaugural match at 12:00 PM.

The results of Saturday’s tournament is below.

***Note: USC did not compete in the tournament, they were replaced by a UCSB reserve side
***Note: USC did not compete in the tournament, they were replaced by a UCSB reserve side