Junior 141-pounder Boris Novachkov won his second straight conference title, but the Cal Poly wrestling team had an overall disappointing meet at the Pac-10 Championships at Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum.
Projected for a top-three finish after losing only twice during the conference duals season, the Mustangs instead finished sixth as a team as the remainder of their hopefuls could do no better than third.
Boise State won the meet, finishing just 9.5 points ahead of 2010 champion Oregon State. Arizona State, Stanford and Cal State Bakersfield followed in order.
Novachkov and UC Davis transfer Barrett Abel, who placed third at 157 pounds, were the only two Cal Poly wrestlers to secure automatic berths to the NCAA Championships.
Ryan DesRoches, a 174-pound junior, was seeded first but settled for third. DesRoches — 34-6 with a top-15 individual RPI going into the meet — does have a strong case for a wild-card entry to the national meet.
“I think DesRoche has a really good chance,” Mustangs co-head coach John Azevedo said. “He earned the spot, and he’s been a top-20 guy. That’s why they have the wild card, for a guy like that.”
Senior Filip Novachkov, who moved up to 149 pounds late in the season, finished third in a weight class that only awarded NCAA berths to its top two. He remains on the bubble as does 197-pounder Ryan Smith, who was angling for a title but finished a disappointing fifth — though he did get his revenge win, 8-4, over Boise State’s Matt Casperson. Casperson beat Smith in the final at last year’s Pac-10 tournament.
BASEBALL Oklahoma State 8, Cal Poly 7
Freshman first baseman Tim Wise sparked a ninth-inning rally with a three-run double, and the Mustangs (0-6) scored four runs in the final frame, but it was not enough to get them their first victory of the season. Freshman outfielder David Armendariz, who had an RBI triple earlier in the game and hit Cal Poly’s first and only home run of the season earlier in the weekend, struck out to end the Mustangs’ fourth one-run loss this season.
Oklahoma State (6-1) took control with a four-run rally in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie.
Mustangs shortstop Mike Miller was 4 for 4 with two doubles and finished 5 for 9 in the three-game series with the Cowboys.
Cuesta 9, Saddleback 5, Cuesta 6, Saddleback 2
Having opened the season with a five-game losing streak, the Cougars are winners of eight straight after sweeping a doubleheader during which they only trailed for half an inning.
After falling behind 1-0 to Saddleback in the top of the first inning of the opener, Cuesta (8-5) went on to pound out 20 hits.
Cougars first baseman Max Duval, a former San Luis Obispo High standout, batted 5 for 8 with a home run, a double and five RBI on the day.
Cuesta takes its winning streak next to Hartnell on Tuesday.
SOFTBALL Cal Poly swept on final day of Cathedral Classic
The Mustangs (2-13) were half an inning away from upsetting No. 20 LSU, but the Tigers (12-5) roared back for four runs in the seventh to take a 7-4 victory in the Cathedral Classic hosted by Oregon State.
Cal Poly — which has lost 10 games to ranked teams this season, including each of the past five — had a second close call in a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Cal to wrap play in the tournament.
MEN’S TENNIS Santa Clara 4, Cal Poly 3
Former Arroyo Grande High star Andre Dome improved to 6-1 in dual matches this season, and Dome and Alex Sonneson — 6-0 and ranked 36th in the country in doubles — remained undefeated this year, but it was not enough to upset 62nd ranked Santa Clara (7-4).
Dome topped Kyle Dandan 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles spot, and Dome and Sonneson beat Dandan and Nicholas Vinel 8-5 in doubles. The Mustangs fell to 5-2.
WOMEN’S TENNIS Cal Poly 7, UC Riverside 0
The Mustangs (8-3, 2-0 Big West Conference) did not drop a set to the Highlanders on the road.
Heading into a conference showdown with UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Cal Poly’s Jennifer Cornea blanked UC Riverside’s Jamie Raney 6-0, 6-0, and the Mustangs’ fourth, fifth and sixth singles players lost a grand total of six games, outscoring opponents 36-6.
The closest singles match was Alexa Lee’s 7-6, 6-3 victory over Taylor Raney at No. 1.
TRACK AND FIELD Day, Sisler take top high jump marks in Fresno
Olympian Sharon Day, a former Cal Poly star, and current Mustangs senior Whitney Sisler finished 1-2 in the high hump at the Run for the Dream Indoor Invitational at Fresno State.
Day cleared 5 feet, 11 inches, and Sisler missed the NCAA automatic qualifying height of 5-10 by just 1⁄4 of an inch.
MEN’S GOLF Gonzalez leads Cal Poly to eighth place
Mustangs senior Geoff Gonzalez shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish 13th overall and lead Cal Poly to eighth place in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club.
After an opening-round 79 on Saturday, Gonzalez shot a 76 in the morning round Sunday and climbed 30 spots on the leader board with his final round to card a 7-over 223 on the 7,305-yard course.