SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- 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.
American, 1-4 prior to a dual meet Thursday at CSU Bakersfield, brings a No. 9 national ranking by InterMat into Friday's 7 p.m. dual meet inside Mott Gym. Boise State, the defending Pac-12 team champion, visits Sunday at 1 p.m. The Broncos are 0-4 in duals, ranked 37th by InterMat and wrestle at Stanford on Thursday and CSU Bakersfield on Friday.
Cal Poly wrestling, presented by Meathead Movers, won its first two duals of the season in November, defeating CSU Bakersfield 28-10 and Menlo College 40-6, before dropping a 36-6 decision against Oregon State on Dec. 11 at Cuesta College.
First-year head coach Brendan Buckley's Mustangs have competed in the Cowboy Open (non-scoring), Roadrunner Open (non-scoring), Las Vegas Invitational (11th), Reno Tournament of Champions (sixth) and Midlands Championships (33rd).
Mustang 141-pounder Boris Novachkov (pictured at right) won titles at the Cowboy Open and Reno Tournament of Champions while finishing fifth at the Las Vegas Invitational. Now 17-2 this season and 104-21 in his Mustang career, the senior is a two-time NCAA All-American (second in 2011, seventh in 2010), two-time Pac-12 champion and three-time NCAA qualifier. He placed third in the Pac-12 finals as a freshman in 2008 and is ranked second through fourth in the polls this week.
Cal Poly 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches sports a spotless 17-0 mark with first-place finishes in the Cowboy Open, Las Vegas Invitational and Reno Tournament of Champions. The senior is 100-31 in his Mustang career, is a two-time NCAA qualifier and twice has placed third in the Pac-12 finals. DesRoches also is ranked third and fourth in this week's polls.
Cal Poly's other top wrestlers include senior Ryan Smith at 197 and Atticus Disney at 285.
Smith placed second in the Roadrunner Open, fourth in the Reno Tournament of Champions and posted a 3-2 mark in the Midlands. Smith is 12-8 on the year, 59-43 in his Mustang career, qualified for the NCAA finals a year ago and has placed second and fifth in the Pac-12 finals.
Disney is 8-7 this season, 38-22 in his collegiate career (including the 2008-09 season at Minnesota) and placed fifth in last month's Las Vegas Invitational. He posted a 2-2 mark in the Midlands and currently is ranked No. 17 in the nation at 285 pounds by InterMat.
American sports four nationally ranked wrestlers on a team which placed sixth in the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational, eighth in the Keystone Classic and 14th in the Midlands.
Eagle 285-pounder Ryan Flores is ranked No. 1 by InterMat while Ganbayar Sanjaa is No. 4 at 157 pounds. Matt Mariacher owns a No. 9 ranking at 141 while Daniel Mitchell is No. 15 at 197.
At the Midlands last week, Sanjaa placed second while Mitchell was fourth. Mariacher did not place and Flores did not compete. At the Northeast Duals against Penn, Central Michigan and Purdue, Flores pinned his three opponents and Sanjaa also went 3-0. Mariacher placed first in the Keystone Classic and second in the Brockport/Oklahoma Invitational.
American has lost dual meets to Penn (24-18), Central Michigan (21-20), Purdue(24-22) and Maryland (23-14) and snapped the four-match losing streak with a 27-15 win over George Mason on Dec. 10. Teague Moore is in his first season as head coach at American.
Boise State dropped dual meets to Oregon State 32-10, Nebraska 34-3, Arizona State 27-9 and Oklahoma State 43-3. The Broncos placed 10th at the Reno Tournament of champions with Georgi Ivanov placing first at 157 and Josh Strait taking fourth at 141, and finished 17th at the Las Vegas Invitational with Jake Swartz placing fourth at 184 and J.T. Felix taking eighth at 285.
Boise State also competed in the Cowboy Open with Ivanov and Felix claiming titles, Swartz and Strait finishing second and Shawn Jones (133) and Nick Wooden (149) both placing third.
Bronco wrestlers ranked by InterMat include Strait, No. 16 at 141; Ivanov, No. 15 at 157, Felix, No. 19 at 285; and Swartz, No. 12 at 184. In his 11th season as head coach of the Broncos, Greg Randall has guided Boise State to four Pac-12 titles and three runner-up finishes.
Cal Poly's lineup for this weekend's duals will be Britain Longmire (6-5) or Michael Clemmensen (0-5) at 125, Brandan Rocha (5-6) at 133, Boris Novachkov (17-2) at 141, Adam Aslam (1-8) or Kyle Chene (0-0) at 149, Gianpier Yanez (0-2) at 157, Dominic Kastl (4-3) or Paul Woodman (1-2) at 165, Ryan DesRoches (17-0) at 174, Sean Dougherty (5-7) or Derrick Hawkins (0-4) at 184, Ryan Smith (12-8) at 197 and Atticus Disney (8-7) or Kelan Bragg (5-7) at 285.
Next week, Cal Poly visits San Francisco State for a non-conference dual meet Friday night (Jan. 13) and returns home for a Pac-12 dual meet against Stanford on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 15) at 1 o'clock. The Mustangs also host Arizona State on Jan. 27.