Cal Poly sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Division I Championships at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Now the Mustangs are down to one.
After earning an automatic bid as a No. 3 seed at 141 pounds, Boris Novachkov started off his tournament well, winning a 6-1 decision over Buffalo sophomore Andrew Schutt and a 4-2 decision over Matthew Bonson of Lock Haven.
With those two wins, he will face sixth-seeded Andrew Alton of Penn State in today’s quarterfinal round. Alton is 30-8 this year after earning a 13-4 major decision in the second round of the tournament.
Novachkov came into the tournament sporting a 27-1 record on the year and ranked No. 2 in the country at 141 pounds by the Amateur Wrestling News, WIN Magazine and WrestlingReport.com. His only loss so far came to top-seeded Kellen Russell of Michigan in a 3-2 decision at the Las Vegas Invitational in December.
His success this year comes as no surprise when you look at his past.
Novachkov is a two-time Pac-10 champion, a three time national qualifier and has a record of 83-18. Last year he was an All-American at 133 pounds when he finished in seventh at the national championships in Omaha. He won the Fullerton Open earlier this year.
The other Mustangs that were competing — Barrett Abel (157 pounds), Ryan DesRoches (165), and Ryan Smith (197) — all lost their opening round matches and were eliminated in the wrestleback matches Thursday night.
In the opening round, Abel, who finished the year 30-11, was pinned by Johnny Greisheimer out of Edinboro in five minutes, thirty seconds. Kyle John from Maryland then eliminated him from the tournament in a 7-1 decision.
DesRoches was first beaten by Andrew Howe of Wisconsin in a 4-1 decision and then eliminated by John-Martin Cannon of Buffalo in an 8-6 decision. He finished the year 33-8.
Smith, completing the season with a 22-11 record, fell victim to Cam Simaz out of Cornell in a 6-2 decision and was pinned by Zachary Bennett from North Carolina in 2:32 to be eliminated.
The championships consist of 330 wrestlers, 33 in each of the 10 weight class divisions. 280 of them earned automatic bids via conference and regional qualifying tournaments over the past couple of weeks. The other 50 were at-large bids, which included Smith and DesRoches.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and four rounds of wrestle backs are scheduled for today. The finals are slated for Saturday night.
BASEBALLCuesta 3, Moorpark 1
The Cougars’ Alex Detz hit a solo home run as Cuesta (13-6, 5-0 Western State Conference) pulled out the close win over the Raiders.
Detz finished 2 for 3, and Andrew Montanari was 2 for 4. Michael Camporeale hit a triple for Cuesta.
Philip Gerber made the start and got the win for Cuesta, going 5 2/3.
SOFTBALLCuesta 15, Allan Hancock 4; Cuesta 10, Allan Hancock 5
The Cougars had 25 hits, including seven home runs (five in the first game), in the two games against the Bulldogs.
Liz Isaak made the start for Cuesta (8-11, 3-1 WSC) in the first game, going seven innings with five strikeouts. She also hit a double and two home runs to finish 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Ashley Dooley was a single short of hitting for her second cycle of the season (and in Cuesta history). She finished 3 for 5 with a double, triple and home run with two RBI. Kelly Lockwood accounted for seven runs, going 3 for 5 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and two runs scored.
Kara Kvasnicka, who also had a triple, hit the other home run for Cuesta.
In game two, Karen Berna made the start and got the win for the Cougars. She also hit a double.
Lockwood and Isaak went deep in this game too. Lockwood finished 2 for 4 with four RBI and Isaak was 1 for 4. Cat Ogle was 3 for 4 with two runs scored for Cuesta.