November 11, 2011

Cal Poly to Conduct Green and Gold Wrestling Intrasquad Meet Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- 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. No matches will be held at 174 and 197.

The lineup is headed by two-time NCAA All-American Boris Novachkov, who will face newcomer Luke McDonald at 141 pounds. Novachkov was 31-2 a year ago en route to a second-place NCAA finish, one year after placing seventh as a sophomore. He is a two-time Pac-12 champion and three-time NCAA qualifier.

McDonald is a freshman from Servite High School and a CIF-Southern Section individual champion at 135 pounds in 2011.

Cal Poly's other two returning NCAA qualifiers -- seniors Ryan Smith and Ryan DesRoches -- are not scheduled to wrestle Sunday.

The heavyweight bout features two Mustang veterans. Atticus Disney (pictured at right) was 12-12 a year ago after transferring from Minnesota and is a three-time Kansas state champion while Kelan Bragg  earned 12 wins, three by fall, as a junior, all at 184 pounds.

Buckley also is taking four wrestlers to the Cowboy Open in Laramie, Wyoming, on Saturday. Novachkov will compete along with DesRoches, Dominic Kastl and StevenVasquez.

Last weekend at the Roadrunner Open hosted by Cal State Bakersfield, Smith placed second in the 197-pound weight class while Sean Dougherty and Kelan Bragg both placed fourth at 184 and 285 pounds, respectively.

The lineup for Sunday's Green and Gold intrasquad meet:

125 -- Britain Longmire (Gold) vs. Cody Tow (Green)
133 -- Chris Calcagno (Gold) vs. Brandan Rocha (Green)
141 -- Luke McDonald (Gold) vs. Boris Novachkov (Green)
149 -- Damien Arredondo (Gold) vs. Steve Weidemann (Green)
157 -- Elijah Jackson (Gold) vs. Travis Rasmussen (Green)
165 -- Dominic Kastl (Gold) vs. Reid Pelfrey (Green)
184 -- Derrick Hawkins (Gold) vs. Sean Dougherty (Green)
285 -- Kelan Bragg (Gold) vs. Atticus Disney (Green)