The Cal Poly men’s tennis team beat Fresno State 4-3 at home on Friday as Ben Donovan won both of his matchups.
Cal Poly got out an early lead, securing the doubles point with wins from Donovan and Karl Enander (8-1) and Devin Barber and Corey Pang (8-1).
In singles, Garrett Auproux bounced back from losing his doubles match with Lucas Lesoeur (8-0) to win 6-2, 6-3 after Donovan’s singles victory (6-2, 6-3).
Naveen Beasley clinched the team win, beating Joshua Zeoli 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
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Hannah Stone and Zoe Oedekerk were the lone winners for the Mustangs at Cal, as they beat Karla Popovic and Stephanie Lin of Cal 7-6 (6-3).
In singles, Abigail Bacharach lost to Lyann Hoang of Cal 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles, Bryn Bacharach and Sayaka Tsugai, Dane Joubert and Molly Reed, and Emily Gibbens and Louis Oxnevad all lost by identical scores of 6-3.
Air Force 20, Cal Poly 19
The Mustangs couldn’t pull off the victory after going up 19-10 with three matches left in the dual meet.
After Dominic Kastl (174 pounds) earned a pin in 5:18, and Nick Fiegener (184) scored a major decision, the Mustangs (1-9) looked to be on their way to the win.
But J.T. Goodwin (197) and Nicolas Johnson (285) couldn’t earn victories in their closely contested matches, while Isaac Blackburn (125) couldn’t hold off his nationally ranked opponent.
Colt Shorts (157) scored a decision, while Colton Schilling (141) earned a pin in 5:27 as well for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly lands Boise State transfer
One of the Boise State football team’s most active special-teamers has decided to transfer to Cal Poly so he can play on offense or defense.
Linebacker Chris Santini, who has two years of eligibility remaining, started on all four primary special teams for the Broncos in 2014. He will play linebacker or fullback at Cal Poly, he said. He begins school there this spring.
“I have two years left to do what I love,” he told the Idaho Statesman newspaper. “With the depth that we have at linebacker, I’ve been switched around from (weak side) to (strong side) to (middle). I want to go somewhere where I’m going to have a spot where I can actually play. I felt like it was the best choice to make.”
Santini made seven tackles last season. He also gained 24 yards on a critical fake punt in the comeback win against San Diego State.
But on defense, he was behind returning linebackers Tanner Vallejo, Ben Weaver, Tyler Gray (a Templeton High graduate), Joe Martarano and Darren Lee. With the Broncos hoping to play with five defensive backs and two linebackers going forward, playing time already is tight for those five. And all but Gray can return in 2016, too.
“It was really difficult,” Santini said of his decision. “I’ve taken a lot of time to think about it. I’ve had so much fun here just being with the team over the last three years.”
He will be immediately eligible at Cal Poly. The school came to mind quickly because his brother played there and the coaches liked Santini during the recruiting process.
“When I was being recruited they were one of the schools that told me if things ever didn’t work out they’d have a scholarship for me,” Santini said. “I’m glad they told me that.”
Former Cal Poly player Barthel dies at 53
The former Cal Poly football player who inspired a team-wide ALS ice-bucket challenge last fall has died.
Beginning in October, the Mustangs wore a No. 17 sticker on their helmets to honor Dale Barthel, a former defensive back and linebacker who played for Cal Poly’s NCAA Division II national championship team in 1980.
Barthel died Jan. 8 in Laguna Hills after a three-year battle with ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Barthel was 53.
After the ice-bucket challenge in October, the Mustangs football program donated more than $1,500 in Barthel’s name to the ALS Association. Barthel was at Alex G. Spanos Stadium to witness the team drenching itself in ice-cold water last fall and addressed the team.
“I have had time to reflect on many things,” Barthel said at the time, “and one thing I realize is how fortunate I was to have been able to attend this great university and play for this great football program. Don’t take it for granted, and work hard in the classroom and on the field every day.”
A graduate of Lompoc High, Barthel had 72 tackles, four quarterback hurries and a pair of interceptions in 1983, his senior season, under head coach Jim Sanderson.
Sanderson revealed plans to set up an award in Barthel’s name designed to honor courage and dignity to be presented at the Cal Poly football team’s annual awards banquet.