Atascadero High senior Michael Clemmensen won two wrestling matches on Saturday and advanced to the 103-pound final of the Senior Nationals at Virginia Beach, Va.
In the quarterfinals, Clemmensen defeated Andrew Chase, a state champion from Connecticut, 10-0. He then got a third-period fall to defeat three-time state champ Justin Riggs of West Virginia.
Clemmensen faces Josh Smith of North Carolina in today’s final. By reaching the top eight, Clemmensen is Atascadero’s first All-American since Nate Willard in 2006, and the first Greyhounds wrestler to reach the finals at this event, Atascadero coach Jeff Spiller said.
Greyhounds senior Elijah Jackson lost to four-time state champion Jeremy Davenport of Oklahoma 6-4 in his quarterfinal bout at 152 pounds. He then lost to Illinois state champion Oshea Traylor 4-3 in the wrestlebacks.
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To qualify for the national event, wrestlers have to be a senior, a California state placewinner or, for other states, a state champion or runner-up finisher in their weight class.
West Coast Relays
Tess Rountree won the invitational division high jump at Buchanan High in Clovis.
Rountree cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win in the top division at an event attended by dozens of teams from around the state held at the site of the CIF State Championships.
The Bearcats also had winners in the seeded division. Zander Souza won the 800 in 1 minute, 57.79 seconds, and Matt Sepulveda won the discus with a throw of 149-7. Bo Bonnheim took second in the discus at 145-0. Spencer Marsh finished third in the pole vault at 13-1.
In the open division, Imer Hernandez won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.89.
Arroyo Grande’s Madison Jacobs took fourth in the invitational girls shot put with a personal record 39-6. Jacobs also placed third in the seeded discus with a throw of 118-3.
“She’s been hanging out in the 37s and she popped out to almost 40 feet,” Eagles coach James Brown said. “So, that’s a big jump.”
Arroyo Grande’s Uriel Mendoza placed sixth in the invitational boys 400, finishing in exactly 50.00 seconds.
Eagles girls high jumper Paige Waymire was also sixth in the invitational division, clearing 5-0.
Arroyo Grande shot put thrower Ana Vasylenko (35-9), boys discus thrower Brandon Berguia (140-11) and shot put thrower Jason Klumpp (46-0 1⁄2) were all third in the seeded division.
For San Luis Obispo, Abrianna Torres won the long jump (18-111⁄4) and placed third in the 300 hurdles (44.88). Along with Torres, Elena Clark placed second in the pole vault (11-7).
Competing at the 29-school relays in Rio Mesa, Paso Robles had two varsity teams place in the medals.
The boys discus relay team finished fifth and the thrower relay team finished in third.
SOFTBALLSan Luis Obispo 12, Santa Maria 0, 5 innings; San Luis Obispo 25, Santa Maria 4, 5 innings
Andrea Reynolds pitched a complete game one-hitter and struck out 10 to lead the Tigers (7-2, 1-2 PAC 7) over the Saints in game one of a doubleheader.
Reynolds hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning that set the tone for the rest of the day.
The Tigers collected 17 hits in game two, including a 6 for 6 performance from third baseman Brandi Crabtree. She had two doubles, five RBI and scored four runs.
BASEBALLMorro Bay at Taft Invitational
The Pirates defeated Taft 11-5, but then lost to Bakersfield 12-3 at the Taft Invitational.
Jake Beavers started for Morro Bay (4-9) against Taft and went four innings and gave up four runs off six hits. Rico Caravaho was 2 for 5 with a double, and Dom Woods went 3 for 4.
Against Bakersfield Christian, Cole Mauter pitched six innings and gave up six runs, on nine hits. Bakersfield Christian then went on to score six more runs in the seventh to hand Morro Bay the loss.
Offensively, no one had more than one hit. Sam Crizer had two RBI, one in the second and one in the fourth.
Shandon 15, Cuyama Valley 1, 5 innings
Tommy Harris struck out 15 of the 19 batters he faced in the mercy-rule no-hitter, and the winning pitcher also was 4 for 5 with two doubles in the first victory of the season for the Outlaws (1-4).
Jose Diaz was 3 for 4, and Josh Monks was 3 for 3. Both drove in four runs apiece in the Coast Valley League opener for both teams.
Cuyama Valley scored its lone run on a passed ball.