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College Roundup: Three Cal Poly players named to Great West first team

The Cal Poly football and volleyball teams placed multiple players on their respective all-conference teams that were announced Tuesday.

The football team placed 10 players on the All-Great West Football Conference teams, including three named to the first team.

Sophomore Jake Romanelli was the only Cal Poly offensive player named to the first team. He was joined on the defensive side by sophomore cornerback Asa Jackson and senior defensive end Ryan Shotwell.

Romanelli, a Templeton High graduate, led the Mustangs with 107 carries for 492 yards and two touchdowns from the fullback position. His average of 4.6 yards per carry was second only to Jono Gray-son’s 5.9 among Mustangs with more than 30 carries.

Jackson finished the year tied for fourth on the team with 48 tackles and second in pass breakups (6) and passes defended (8). He also had two interceptions. returning one for a touchdown.

Shotwell led the Mustangs with five sacks, nine pass breakups and 17 quarterback hurries.

Cal Poly put seven players on the second team, including offensive linemen Scott Winnewisser and Will Mitchell and wide receiver Dominique Johnson.

Johnson led the Mustangs in catches (43), receiving yards (741) and receiving touchdowns (6).

Defensive tackle James Chen, linebackers Marty Mohamed and Carlton Gillespie and safety David Fullerton were also named to the second team.

Mohamed led Cal Poly with 93 tackles and added three sacks while Gillespie had 52 tackles and four sacks.

Fullerton had 48 tackles, four pass breakups and three interceptions.

The Mustangs also had five players receiving honorable mention, including defensive back Xavier Gardner, linebacker Kenny Jackson, center Hal Kelley and punter Harlan Prather.

UC Davis swept the player of the year awards as wide receiver Chris Carter won on the offensive side and linebacker Mike Morales claimed the defensive award. Aggies head coach Bob Biggs was named coach of the year.

Junior middle blocker Dominique Olowolafe was the lone Cal Poly volleyball player named to the all-Big West Conference first team. The honor marks her second time being named to the conference first team.

Olowolafe led the Mustangs in hitting percentage (.346). She was second on the team with 268 total kills and 2.35 kills per set.

Freshman outside hitter Megan McConnell received honorable mention all-conference recognition and was named to the all-freshman team. She led Cal Poly with 294 kills and 3.06 kills per set while finishing second on the team with 19 aces.

McConnell was joined on the all-freshman team by middle blocker Jennifer Keddy, who was second on the team with a .254 hitting percentage and third with 204 kills.

UC Santa Barbara’s Rebecca Saraceno was named conference player of the year while Cal State Fullerton’s Kayla Neto claimed freshman of the year honors. UC Davis coach Jamie Holmes shared coach of the year honors with UC Santa Barbara’s Kath Gregory.


Cal Poly moves up in national rankings

Four days after upsetting No. 10 Missouri in a duel meet, the Cal Poly wrestling team has moved up in the national rankings.

The Mustangs are ranked 16th by the Intermat rankings, No. 21 by WIN Magazine and No. 25 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Three Mustangs have also achieved individual rankings in their respective weight classes led by 157-pound senior Chase Pami (6-0), who is ranked No. 2 by Intermat and WIN and No. 3 by Amateur Wrestling News.

Boris Novachkov (5-0) is rated as high as No. 12 at 133 pounds while his brother Filip is as high as No. 14 in the 141-pound division.