Senior Dominic Kastl split two matches and is still alive in the consolation bracket, and true freshman Nick Fiegener lost both of his matches for the Cal Poly wrestling team at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis on Thursday.
Kastl — a two-time NCAA qualifier — upset 12th-seeded Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State 7-6 in the opening round, and later lost 4-3 to Joe Latham of Oregon State in the 174-pound second round. Kastl faces Nathan Jackson of Indiana in the second round of consolation matches today.
In his first trip to the NCAA Championships, Fiegener lost 20-5 to 14th-seeded Matthew McCutcheon of Penn State at 184-pounds in the opening round and was eliminated in the first round of wrestlebacks by John Rizaqallah of Michigan State.
Cuesta 5, Rio Hondo 2
Brendan Jenkins pitched eight innings, giving up six hits and one earned run, and Josh Falco went 2 for 5 with two runs and an RBI for the Cougars (11-11).
Cuesta scored twice in the second inning on a Garrett Giovanelli sacrifice fly and Blake Chandler RBI groundout, and two more in the third on Falco’s triple and Josh Medina’s double.
TK McWhertor added two hits with a run and an RBI for the Cougars.
Cuesta 19, L.A. Pierce 5, 6 innings
Keana Arnold drove in four runs, Savanna Johnson collected four of Cuesta’s 20 hits, and the Cougars remained unbeaten in Western State Conference play with a convincing road win.
Arnold finished 3 for 5 for Cuesta (8-8, 4-0), hitting a two-run triple and a two-run single as the Cougars scored 13 runs in the final two innings.
Johnson was 4 for 5 with two RBI, Bre Ojala tripled and drove in three runs, and Ami Hood was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.
Cheyenne Hufstetler got the win in the circle, coming on in relief of starter Claire Gilmore and holding Pierce scoreless over the final three innings.