Mitch Monteiro, a Paso Robles High alumnus and former Cal State Bakersfield wrestler, was named an assistant Cal Poly wrestling coach Tuesday.
Monteiro earned NCAA All-American honors after finishing in fifth at 285 pounds in the 2010 NCAA Championships, finishing his final season with the Roadrunners 21-7. He finished 29-8 as a junior in 2009 and went 3-3 as a sophomore.
“It can be difficult to find quality coaches that wrestled heavyweight and yet are agile and light enough to work with 184- and 197-pounders and we did just that,” first-year Cal Poly head coach Brendan Buckley said in a release.
“Mitch having wrestled at Paso Robles High School will also present us with the opportunity to strengthen our ties to the local wrestling community, something that is very important to us.”
Monteiro won four league championships as well as three CIF-Southern Section individual titles. He placed first and third at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet and qualified for the state finals twice, finishing second and third.
Cal Poly signs five to national letters of intent
Five high school players have signed national letters of intent with Cal Poly.
The list includes: pitcher Casey Bloomquist (Bakersfield Christian High), shortstop Mark Mathias (Irvington), Valencia Brian Mundell (Valencia), second base John Schuknecht (Palm Desert) and shortstop Peter Van Gansen (Alemany).
On the mound, Bloomquist went 9-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 110 strikeouts in his junior season.
Mathias, who played shortstop and pitcher, hit .407 with 10 RBI as a junior and also threw for a 2.19 ERA and a 4-4 record. Mundell hit .410 with eight doubles, one triple and four home runs, while Schuk-necht hit .442 as sophomore and .402 as a junior.
Van Gansen earned first-team All-Mission League and second-team all-CIF-Southern Section Division II as a sophomore and junior. He hit .412 with 20 doubles, seven home runs and 46 RBI last spring.
Cuesta 76, Porterville 56
Cuesta cruised out to a 15-point lead through the first four minutes and went on to defeat the Pirates by 20.
Alyssa Palma led the Cougars with 15 points, leading a group of five players who posted double figures. Katie Rodriguez had 12, Courtney Chadwick and Aria Johnson scored 11, and Kati Sheldon scored 10.
Sheldon also had 14 rebounds for the Cougars (2-1).