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2011-12 Cal Poly Wrestling Headlines

June 27, 2012
10th Annual Wrestling Reunion Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 28
Tenth annual Cal Poly Wrestling Reunion Golf Tournament will be played Friday, Sept. 28, at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande.

June 12, 2012
Schneider Heads Highly Ranked Mustang Wrestling Recruiting Class
Max Schneider of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago headlines a Cal Poly wrestling recruiting class that has been ranked No. 12 by Amateur Wrestling News/The Open Mat and No. 17 by InterMat.

June 3, 2012
Novachkov, DesRoches Share Cal Poly's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award
Cal Poly 141-pounder Boris Novachkov and 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches, both seniors who earned NCAA All-America honors in March, were named co-Most Outstanding Wrestlers for the 2011-12 season. The awards were presented Saturday night at the team’s awards banquet held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

May 17, 2012
Kastl Named to 2012 Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team
Cal Poly freshman 165-pound wrestler Dominic Kastl has been named to the 2012 Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team. The Gilroy High School graduate also was ranked as the No. 3 freshman in the nation in his weight class.

April 23, 2012
Former Cal Poly Wrestler Chase Pami Finishes Fourth in U.S. Olympic Trials
Former Cal Poly wrestling standout Chase Pami placed fourth in the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Trials on Sunday at the University of Iowa.

April 5, 2012
Kastl Named Pac-12 Newcomer of Year; Tanenbaum Earns Academic Award
Cal Poly redshirt freshman wrestler Dominic Kastl has been named freshman/newcomer of the year for the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference season. Junior 133-pounder Jake Tanenbaum (left) has been placed on the second unit of the Pac-12 All-Academic Wrestling Team.

March 17, 2012
Novachkov Places Third, DesRoches Eighth in NCAA Championships
Cal Poly senior Boris Novachkov capped a record-setting collegiate career with a third-place finish at 141 pounds while Ryan DesRoches, also a senior, placed eighth at 174 pounds Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships in the Scottrade Center.

March 16, 2012
Novachkov, DesRoches Earn All-American Status at NCAA Finals
Cal Poly's pair of quarterfinalists in the 2012 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships -- Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches -- both suffered quarterfinal-round setbacks Friday morning at the Scottrade Center.

March 15, 2012
Cal Poly Sends Quartet to NCAA Wrestling Championship
Cal Poly senior 141-pounder Boris Novachkov has a chance to do something no other Cal Poly wrestler has been able to accomplish -- achieve NCAA Division I All-American status three times. Novachkov and three other Mustang wrestlers -- 165-pounder Dominic Kastl, 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches and 197-pounder Ryan Smith -- will compete in the 2012 NCAA Division I National Championship, which starts a three-day run Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

March 15, 2012
Novachkov, DesRoches Advance to Quarterfinals at NCAA Championship
Half of Cal Poly's four-man wrestling contingent competing in the 2012 NCAA Division I National Championship -- 141-pounder Boris Novachkov and 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches -- have advanced to the quarterfinal round with a pair of victories Thursday at the Scottrade Center.

February 26, 2012
Kastl Wins, Novachkov and DesRoches Finish Second in Pac-12 Finals
Seeking to become Cal Poly’s first three-time Pac-12 individual wrestling champion, 141-pounder Boris Novackov lost in the finals to Michael Mangrum of Oregon State on Sunday night at Taco Bell Arena.

February 25, 2012
Cal Poly Seeks Pac-12 Team, Individual Wrestling Titles Sunday at Boise State
Cal Poly 141-pounder Boris Novachkov has a chance to accomplish what no other Mustang wrestler has been able to do -- capture three Pac-12 individual championships. The senior from Sunnyvale and graduate of Fremont High School goes for No. 3 on Sunday at the 2012 Pac-12 Championship hosted by Boise State at Taco Bell Arena.

February 11, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Splits Pair of Matches in NWCA National Duals
Following a 34-6 loss to No. 10 Missouri in the opening round of the NWCA National Duals on Saturday afternoon, the Cal Poly wrestling team defeated host Rutgers 24-22 in the match that determined fifth and sixth place.

February 10, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling to Compete in NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals
Cal Poly is among 24 teams -- six in each of four regionals -- that will vie for the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals championship Saturday and Sunday. Coach Brendan Buckley’s Mustangs travel to New Brunswick, N.J., to compete against Missouri, Kent State, Minnesota, Michigan and host Rutgers on Saturday.

February 4, 2012
Disney Leads Four Cal Poly Placewinners at California Collegiate Open
Atticus Disney captured top honors at 285 pounds and three other Cal Poly wrestlers earned top-three finishes in the California Collegiate Open hosted by San Francisco State on Saturday.

February 3, 2012
Cal Poly Falls to Utah Valley, 19-17, in Non-Conference Dual Wrestling Meet
Cal Poly won three of the final four bouts, but couldn’t overcome a 16-7 deficit and fell 19-17 to Utah Valley in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Friday night at Stanford. Ryan DesRoches and Atticus Disney won by decision while Ryan Smith earned a major decision for the Mustangs, who fell to 5-6 on the year. Utah Valley improved to 4-7.

January 27, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Wraps Up Home Dual Meet Slate With 26-11 Victory
Cal Poly’s four seniors entered their last home dual meet Friday night with 311 career victories. The quartet now own 315 wins as Mustangs. Ryan DesRoches, Ryan Smith, Kelan Bragg and Boris Novachkov all earned victories to lead Cal Poly to a 26-11 victory over Arizona State in a Pac-12 dual meet Friday night before 1,017 inside Mott Gym.

January 26, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling to Host Arizona State for Final Home Dual Meet of Season
Cal Poly will honor its four seniors prior to Friday night’s final home dual meet of the 2011-12 wrestling season against Arizona State inside Mott Gym. The quartet of seniors -- 141-pounder Boris Novachkov, 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches, 197-pounder Ryan Smith and 285-pounder Kelan Bragg -- will be honored at 6:50 p.m., 10 minutes prior to the start of the Pac-12 dual meet. The foursome has combined for 311 victories in their four-year Mustang careers.

January 21, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Team Falls to Air Force, 30-15
Cal Poly secured a pair of falls, but Air Force won seven of the remaining eight bouts en route to a 30-15 non-conference dual wrestling meet victory over the Mustangs on Saturday.

January 20, 2012
No. 19 Cal Poly Wrestling Team Falls to No. 6 Wyoming 26-9
Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches maintained their national rankings with victories, but No. 19 Cal Poly dropped a 26-9 decision to No. 6 Wyoming in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Friday night.

January 19, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling to Visit Wyoming and Air Force for Dual Meets
Cal Poly, which split two dual meets last week, hits the road for two more dual meets this weekend, visiting No. 6 Wyoming on Friday night and No. 28 Air Force on Saturday afternoon for non-conference matchups.

January 15, 2012
No.22 Stanford Holds On to Beat No.18 Cal Poly, 23-17 in Pac-12 Wrestling Dual
Garrett Schaner’s major decision in the final bout secured No. 22 Stanford’s 23-17 victory over No. 18 Cal Poly in a Pac-12 dual wrestling meet Sunday afternoon inside Mott Gym. Schaner earned a 10-1 decision over Cal Poly 157-pounder Gianpier Yanez to clinch the dual meet for the Cardinal (6-5, 3-0 Pac-12).

January 13, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Team Breezes Past San Francisco State, 25-13
Michael Clemmensen won by fall and Boris Novachkov earned a technical fall as No. 18 Cal Poly breezed past Division II San Francisco State 25-13 in a non-conference dual wrestling meet Friday night.

January 11, 2012
Cal Poly to Host Stanford for Pac-12 Dual Wrestling Meet Sunday
Splitting a pair of dual meets last week, Cal Poly will compete in two more dual meets this week, visiting San Francisco State for a non-conference matchup Friday night and returning home Sunday afternoon to host Stanford for a Pac-12 dual at 1 o’clock inside Mott Gym.

January 8, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Rallies to Defeat Boise State, 22-20
Decisions by Ryan DesRoches, Sean Dougherty and Ryan Smith erased a 16-13 Boise State lead as Cal Poly rallied to defeat the Broncos 22-20 in a Pac-12 dual wrestling meet Sunday afternoon inside Mott Gym.

January 6, 2012
Cal Poly to Host American, Boise State for Dual Wrestling Meets
After competing in five tournaments in the first two months of the season, the Cal Poly wrestling team heads into the dual meet portion of the 2011-12 schedule this week, hosting American University of Washington, D.C., on Friday night and Boise State on Sunday afternoon.

January 6, 2012
Cal Poly Wrestling Team Falls to American University, 25-13
A fall at 133 pounds clinched No. 10 American’s 25-13 non-conference dual meet victory over No. 19 Cal Poly on Friday night inside Mott Gym.

December 30, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestler Ryan Smith Loses in Wrestleback Quarterfinals
Cal Poly senior Ryan Smith lost his final match Friday in the wrestleback quarterfinals of the 2011 Ken Kraft Midlands Championship at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University.

December 29, 2011
Cal Poly to Send Six Wrestlers to Midlands Championships
Cal Poly will send a small group of wrestlers to compete in the 49th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Thursday and Friday at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

December 29, 2011
Ryan Smith Lone Cal Poly Survivor After First Day at Midlands Championship
Senior 197-pound wrestler Ryan Smith is Cal Poly's lone survivor after the first of two days of competition in the 2011 Ken Kraft Midlands Championship on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University. Smith won three of four matches to advance to the wrestleback quarterfinals.

December 22, 2011
Cal Poly Signs Seven Wrestlers to National Letter of Intent
Cal Poly has signed seven wrestlers, including a quartet of California state high school placewinners, to national letters of intent. The announcement was made jointly on Thursday by first-year Mustang wrestling coach Brendan Buckley and director of athletics Don Oberhelman.

December 18, 2011
Novachkov, DesRoches Earn Titles in Reno Tournament of Champions
Cal Poly wrestlers Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches both reached the 100 career wins mark as Mustangs as the duo captured individual championships at 141 and 174 pounds, respectively, Sunday night at the one-day Reno Tournament of Champions at the Reno Events Center.

December 17, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Team to Compete in Reno Tournament of Champions
Cal Poly is among five teams ranked in the top 25 who will compete in the 17th annual Reno Tournament of Champions on Sunday at the Reno Events Center.

December 11, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Team Falls to Oregon State, 36-6
Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches solidified their top-five national rankings with decisions, but No. 18 Cal Poly dropped a 36-6 verdict to No. 13 Oregon State in a Pacific-12 Conference dual wrestling meet Sunday afternoon at Cuesta College.

December 10, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Team to Host Oregon State on Sunday at Cuesta College
The top two Pacific-12 Conference teams from the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational will face each other in a Pac-12 dual meet Sunday afternoon at Cuesta College. The meet, scheduled to start at 1 p.m., has been moved from its customary Mott Gym venue due to fall commencement exercises.

December 5, 2011
Former Cal Poly Wrestler Chase Pami Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials
Former Cal Poly wrestler Chase Pami has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. A total of 115 athletes are now qualified to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, scheduled for April 21-22 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

December 3, 2011
DesRoches Captures 174-Pound Title in Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Cal Poly senior Ryan DesRoches captured the 174-pound championship with a pair of overtime decisions Saturday at the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Mustang 141-pounder Boris Novachkov and 285-pounder Atticus Disney both placed fifth.

December 2, 2011
Trio of Cal Poly Wrestlers Advance to Semifinals in Las Vegas Invitational
Cal Poly will be represented by three wrestlers -- Boris Novachkov, Ryan DesRoches and Atticus Disney -- in the semifinal round of the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Each posted three victories Friday.

December 1, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Team to Compete in Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Cal Poly is among at least 28 teams, including eight in the top 25, who will compete in the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

November 25, 2011
Lou Montano to be Inducted into California Wrestling Hall of Fame
Former Cal Poly wrestler Lou Montano is among nine inductees for the Class of 2012 into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held May 12, 2012, at the Bakersfield Marriott, located adjacent to the Bakersfield Convention Center.

November 24, 2011
Four Falls Power Cal Poly Wrestling Team to 40-6 Victory Over Menlo
Falls by Britain Longmire, Ryan DesRoches, Sean Dougherty and Ryan Smith powered the No. 20 Cal Poly wrestling team to a 40-6 victory over Menlo College in a non-conference dual meet Wednesday night.

November 23, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Team Ranked as High as No. 20; Four Mustangs Ranked
The Cal Poly wrestling team is ranked as high as No. 20 and four Mustangs are nationally ranked this week, led by senior Boris Novachkov at No. 2 in all of the polls at 141 pounds.

November 21, 2011
Novachkov Blanks Kemmerer in NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic
Cal Poly 141-pound wrestler Boris Novachkov earned a 4-0 victory over Zack Kemmerer of Penn in the 2011 NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic presented by the United States Marines Corps on Monday night at Arizona State.



November 20, 2011
Boris Novachkov to Compete in 2011 NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic
Cal Poly senior Boris Novachkov has been selected to compete in the 2011 NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic presented by the United States Marines Corps. The dual meet is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, at Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.

November 18, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestlers Rally to Beat CSU Bakersfield, 28-10
Travis Rasmussen won by fall and Atticus Disney claimed a victory by technical fall as Cal Poly rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to beat CSU Bakersfield 28-10 in a Pacific-12 Conference dual wrestling meet Friday night at the Icardo Center.

November 17, 2011
Cal Poly Opens Dual Wrestling Meet Season at CSU Bakersfield
Brendan Buckley’s first dual meet as head coach of the Cal Poly wrestling team will be a Pacific-12 Conference matchup against CSU Bakersfield on Friday night at 7 in the Icardo Center.

November 15, 2011
Monteiro Hired as Assistant Wrestling Coach at Cal Poly
Mitch Monteiro, a Paso Robles High School graduate and three-time NCAA Division I national qualifier while wrestling at Cal State Bakersfield, has been added to Brendan Buckley’s coaching staff at Cal Poly.

November 13, 2011
Rasmussen, Gallegos Earn Major Decisions in Green and Gold Wrestling Meet
Travis Rasmussen and Travis Gallegos earned major decisions to help the Green team, coached by Mitch Monteiro, to a 14-9 victory over the Gold squad, led by Lennis Cowell, in the Cal Poly wrestling team's annual intrasquad dual meet Sunday afternoon inside Mott Gym.

November 12, 2011
Four Cal Poly Wrestlers Place in Cowboy Open
Cal Poly wrestlers Boris Novachkov and Ryan DesRoches captured individual titles in the Cowboy Open hosted by the University of Wyoming on Saturday.

November 11, 2011
Cal Poly to Conduct Green and Gold Wrestling Intrasquad Meet Sunday
Sixteen Cal Poly wrestlers will battle for starting assignments in the Mustangs' annual Green and Gold intrasquad meet on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Mott Gym. First-year Mustang head coach Brendan Buckley and his coaching staff will watch eight matches featuring a mix of veterans and newcomers.

November 5, 2011
Trio of Cal Poly Wrestlers Place in Roadrunner Open
Cal Poly placed three wrestlers in the top four at the Roadrunner Open hosted by Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday at the Icardo Center.

November 4, 2011
Buckley Era Begins as Cal Poly Wrestlers Compete in Roadrunner Open
Cal Poly begins its first wrestling season under new head coach Brendan Buckley on Saturday by competing in the inaugural Roadrunner Open hosted by Cal State Bakersfield at the Icardo Center. The Mustangs will send as many as 22 wrestlers, including 10 redshirts, to the single-day meet which begins at 9 a.m. The championship finals are slated to start at 4 or 5 p.m.

October 14, 2011
Practice Begins for 2011-12 Cal Poly Wrestling Team
First-year Cal Poly wrestling coach Brendan Buckley feels his three seniors will be the key to a successful 2011-12 campaign. When practice opened Monday, Buckley greeted national runner-up Boris Novachkov and two other national qualifiers – Ryan DesRoches and Ryan Smith – to the mat.

October 5, 2011
2011-12 Cal Poly Wrestling Schedule Announced
The 2011-12 Cal Poly wrestling schedule, released Wednesday, includes five home dual meets and six tournaments. First-year Mustang head coach Brendan Buckley will guide his team through 10 dual meets and tournaments at Bakersfield (Roadrunner Open), Las Vegas (Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational), Reno (Reno Tournament of Champions), Evanston, IL (Midlands), San Francisco (California Collegiate Open) and New Brunswick, NJ (National Duals).

October 4, 2011
Cal Poly Wrestling Ranked No. 23 in Preseason WIN Magazine Poll
The Cal Poly wrestling team is ranked No. 23 and three Mustangs are in the top 20 of their weight classes in preseason rankings released this week by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine.

August 16, 2011
Olympic Silver Medalist Jamill Kelly Hired as Assistant Coach
Jamill Kelly, silver medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics, has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Cal Poly.

June 21, 2011
Cal Poly Hires Brendan Buckley as Head Wrestling Coach
Brendan Buckley, head wrestling coach at Ivy League member Columbia University in New York for the last 11 seasons, has been named Cal Poly’s head wrestling coach.

May 5, 2011
Former Cal Poly Wrestling Standout Norm Gomes Dies
Norm Gomes, who served Cal Poly in the playing arena, on the coaching sidelines and as an active alumni supporter, passed away over the weekend.

April 13, 2011
Delgado Wins FILA Junior Nationals Freestyle Championship
Cal Poly freshman wrestler Jesse Delgado was crowned champion at 55 kilograms (121 pounds) in the FILA Junior Nationals Freestyle Championships on Sunday at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.

April 7, 2011
Pair of Cal Poly Wrestlers Land on Pac-10 All-Academic Team
Cal Poly wrestlers Stephen Thalin and Jacob Tanenbaum have been selected to the 2010-11 Pac-10 Conference Wrestling All-Academic Teams.

March 18, 2011
Novachkov Advances to Title Match in NCAA Championships
Boris Novachkov will get a chance to avenge his only loss of the 2010-11 season. The junior 141-pound wrestler also has an opportunity to become Cal Poly's first NCAA Division I national champion in 35 years.

March 17, 2011
Novachkov Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Championships
Cal Poly 141-pound wrestler Boris Novachkov won his first two matches Thursday in the NCAA Division I National Championships on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.

March 9, 2011
Cal Poly to Send Quartet to NCAA Wrestling Championships
Cal Poly 165-pounder Ryan DesRoches and 197-pounder Ryan Smith have been selected as at-large entries for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, to be held March 17-19 in Philadelphia.

February 28, 2011
Boris Novachkov Claims Pac-10 Title, Cal Poly Finishes Sixth
Junior Boris Novachkov captured his second straight Pacific-10 Conference wrestling title Sunday night, earning a 3-1 decision over Levi Jones of Boise State in the 141-pound finals at Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State campus.