SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior wrestler Boris Novachkov, who became Cal Poly's
first three-time NCAA Division I All-American with a third-place
finish in the NCAA National Championships over the weekend, has
been named Coca-Cola/Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.
Novachkov won six of seven matches in the three-day event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Fremont High School (Sunnyvale) graduate won his first two matches before falling in the quarterfinal round, then put together a four-match winning streak in the wrestlebacks to claim third place at 141 pounds.
In his final match as a Mustang, Novachkov won because of a 15-second advantage in riding time in the second overtime after he and second-seeded Kendric Maple of Oklahoma battled to a 3-3 draw.
Both Novachkov and Maple of Oklahoma earned escapes in regulation as well as the first and second overtime series of periods in the takedown-free match. In the second overtime, Novachkov escaped in seven seconds while Maple needed 22 seconds. The marathon match spanned 11 minutes –- seven in regulation and two for each overtime series before it was decided on a tiebreaker (riding time).
Novachkov, who nearly gave up a takedown in the final seconds of the first sudden death period, had beaten Maple 6-3 in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Novachkov placed seventh at 133 pounds in 2010 and second at 141 pounds in 2011.
Nine other former Mustang wrestlers earned a pair of All-American certificates by placing in the top eight in their weight class.
Novachkov, a two-time Pac-12 champion and four-time national qualifier, finished his Cal Poly career with a 121-33 record, including a 34-4 mark as a senior. He finished second in the Pac-12 finals in 2012 and third in 2008.
Novachkov also earned Coca-Cola/Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week honors Dec. 19 after winning a title at the Reno Tournament of Champions.