Cal Poly junior Boris Novachkov captured the 141-pound championship while his brother, senior Filip Novachkov, settled for fourth place at 133 pounds on the final day of competition in the 46-team Midlands Championships on Thursday night in Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Boris Novachkov won by medical forfeit in the championship final as his opponent, top-seeded Jimmy Kennedy of Illinois, was injured in his semifinal-round match and could not answer the bell.
In the semifinals, second-seeded Boris Novachkov (17-1) scored a reversal in overtime to beat Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh. Filip Novachkov, trying to avenge two earlier losses this season to Central Michigan's Scott Sentes, instead dropped a 5-1 decision in the consolation finals.
Earlier in the day, Filip Novachkov (6-4) earned a trio of wins in the wrestlebacks.
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At 165 pounds, junior Ryan DesRoches (24-4) lost his fifth-round wrestleback match against Aaron Janssen of Iowa, 13-8, and was eliminated.
MEN’S BASKETBALLHancock 89, Cuesta 76Despite a team-high 22 points by Malte Kramer, the Cougars (8-7) dug themselves a 12-point halftime deficit they couldn’t recover from in the third place game of the Bulldogs’ tournament in Santa Maria.
Former Righetti High standout Nick Sauer scored 12 points and had six rebounds for Cuesta in his homecoming, and Westin Hill had 10 points before fouling out for the Cougars, who shot just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.
Hancock was led by all-tournament honoree Ali Lanford with 29 points, six rebounds and two blocks, and four other players scored 11 or more for the Bulldogs (4-9).
WOMEN’S BASKETBALLHartnell 71, Cuesta 69, OTAnika Bauermeister hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in regulation for the Cougars to send the game to overtime, and Cuesta took a 67-62 lead in the extra period.
Then, though, Hartnell went 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the final three-and-a-half minutes to ice it. All but one of Cuesta’s 11 losses have come by fewer than 10 points.
Jayme Salim had a team-best 18 points for the Cougars (2-11), while Bauermeister finished with 17 and former Paso Robles High standout Kati Sheldon had 12.