With five wrestlers in the finals and the team in first place, the Cal Poly wrestling team is just a few results away from winning their first ever Pac-10 wrestling championship.
The Mustangs, who finished sixth the previous two years, have 108.5 total points to lead Oregon State (102 points) and defending conference champion Boise State (97.5).
Brothers Boris and Filip Novachkov, Chase Pami, Nick Fisher and Ryan Smith will compete for individual titles today while three other wrestlers are still alive in the consolation semifinals.
Pami, who is seeking his third consecutive Pac-10 title at 157 pounds, will wrestle No. 1 seed Adam Hall of Boise State in the final.
Boris Novachkov will wrestle top-seeded Brandon Low of UC Davis, while his brother Filip will face No. 4 Adin Duenas of Cal State Fullerton.
Fisher, seeded fourth at 149, will face No. 2 Barrett Abel of UC Davis while Smith, the No. 3 seed at 197, will face top-seeded Riley Orozco of Cal State Bakersfield.
San Francisco 5, Cal Poly 0
Right-hander Doug Murray (1-1) tossed eight shutout innings, scattering nine hits while striking out six for San Francisco.
The Mustangs (2-3) dropped the opener of the three-game set, which was originally set for San Francisco but was moved after inclement weather and bad field conditions forced the Dons (2-2) to come to San Luis Obispo.
Adam Melker had three hits, including a triple for Cal Poly, which had two runners thrown out at the plate in the first five innings.Matt Leonard (0-1) took the loss for the Mustangs, giving up five runs off nine hits in 61⁄3 innings.
Cuesta 10, Saddleback 9; Saddleback 5, Cuesta 0
The Cougars and Gauchos split a pair of nonleague games, choosing to play two games instead of one Friday and one today with the threat of showers in today’s forecast.
In the opener, the Cougars (6-5) banged out 13 hits and led 10-4 after six innings.
Saddleback pulled within 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a three-run home run and had runners on second and third before reliever Jake Reed closed it out.
Former Atascadero High star Austin Cunningham had two doubles for the Cougars, who also had three hits from Zach Steele and a home run from Garrett Champion.
Cuesta starter John Moscot scattered six hits over six innings to earn the win.
The Cougars were held to only four hits and had 10 strikeouts in the nightcap.
Michael Camporeale went 2 for 3 for Cuesta.
UNLV 7, Cal Poly 4; BYU 3, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs (2-3) went winless on the first day of the Cathedral Classic hosted by Oregon State in Palm Springs.
Nicole Lund and Nora Sobzak both had three hits in Cal Poly’s loss to UNLV (8-3).
Against BYU, Anna Cahn had a season-high nine strikeouts in the loss.
Kendal Hennings hit her first career home run in the first inning for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly will continue the Cathedral Classic today playing Arizona and Northwestern.
College of the Canyons 10, Cuesta 2; College of the Canyons 15, Cuesta 7
Cuesta (3-9-1) lost both games in a doubleheader in Santa Clarita.
Rachel Thompson had two doubles for Cuesta in the first game, which ended in six innings.
Thompson hit another double in the second game, as did teammate Brittani Gregory.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cuesta at Western State Conference Relays
The Cougars had 13 finishers in the top five in Ventura.
For the women’s side, Cuesta’s 400 team came in fourth place with a time of 52.5 and the sprint medley was second on 4:38.30.Cuesta women’s 800 team also finished third.
Cuesta took first and second in the women’s pole vault with Sara Pizzo winning at 10 feet, and Nicole Warden finishing second.Christine Hammer took second in the hammer at 146 feet, 7 inches.
The Cuesta men took the top three places in the pole vault with Craig Van Leeuwen in first with a height of 16-6, Sam Sampson was second with 16-0, and Zach Siegemier finished third with a height of 16-0 but had more misses.
Mike Hollis placed third in the long jump with a distance of 21-2 and came in fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 44-7.
Cal Poly 7, San Jose State 0
The Mustangs (6-2,) swept the Spartans, dropping just two sets at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Cal Poly’s Brittany Blalock opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
“ I thought Brittany had a dominant performance and I was pleased with that level of play at number one singles position,” Cal Poly head coach Hugh Bream said.
Ashley Pane finalized Cal Poly’s singles with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Jennifer Williams.
Blalock and partner Steffi Wong picked up an 8-3 doubles win, as did the team of Diane Filip and Pane.