Both Novachkov brothers came away with impactful victories late in the Cal Poly wrestling team’s 18-15 win at Oregon State to help the Mustangs snap an 18-match losing streak to the defending Pac-10 champion Beavers and remain undefeated in duals this season.
Cal Poly (6-0) hadn’t beaten No. 13 Oregon State in a dual since 1989, but Filip Novachkov scored a 6-4 win with a late takedown at 133 pounds, and Boris Novachkov eked out a 3-2 decision on riding time at 141 to seal the win going into the final match.
The Mustangs also got decision victories from Barrett Abel (157) and Ryan DesRoches (165), and upset wins by Ryan Smith (197) and Atticus Disney (285), unranked grapplers who took down the No. 12- and No. 19-ranked wrestlers, respectively.
Cal Poly women tennis splits 10 matches
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The Cal Poly women’s tennis team went a combined 5-5, winning three singles matches and one doubles match, during the first day California Winter Invitational, hosted by Cal.
The Mustangs enjoyed three singles victories from three different freshmen. Gabrielle Gatewood downed Cal’s Catie Visico (6-0, 6-3), Kathryn Webb defeated Stephany Chang (6-0, 6-4) and Jennifer Cornea beat Alice Duranteau (6-3, 7-6, 5).
In doubles, the Mustangs responded with Ashley Pane and Jocelyn Davis defeating Fresno State’s Abby Hayler and Bianca Modoc 8-3, while the duo of Florence Lehane and Gatewood beat Melissa McQueen and Olga Kirpicheva, 8-4.
Finch to headline Cuesta fundrasier
Jennie Finch, one of the most decorated pitchers in American softball history, will be on hand at Cuesta College’s annual athletic fundraiser March 11 at the school gym.
Finch was a three-time All-American pitcher collegiately at Arizona before going on to star for Team USA in the Olympics. The 2004 U.S. team won the gold medal in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 team took home the silver medal from the Beijing Games.
Individual tickets and reserve tables can be purchased for the event by calling the Cuesta athletic office at 546-3207.