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BOISE, Idaho – 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.
Novachkov, Pac-12 champion in both 2010 and 2011, still qualified for the NCAA National Championships next month in St. Louis, Missouri. The two-time NCAA All-American still has a chance to become the first Cal Poly wrestler to claim three All-American certificates in Division I.
Novachkov advanced to the final with a 6-1 decision over Josh Strait of Boise State in the semifinals before falling to Mangrum 5-4.
Novachkov had to wrestle Nathan Hoffer of Arizona State in a true-second match to determine the No. 2 qualifier for the nationals and posted a 7-0 decision to clinch the spot.
Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Dominic Kastl captured the 165-pound title with an 8-1 decision over Bret Baumbach of Stanford.
Seeded No. 1, Kastl reached the final with a 13-3 major decision over Rush Hall of Arizona State and a 6-5 decision against Cody Weishoff of Oregon State.
Mustang 174-pounder Ryan DesRoches placed second, dropping a 5-4 decision to Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the final. DesRoches beat Eric Starks of Arizona State 5-3 in the semifinals.
Mustang 197-pounder Ryan Smith placed third. Seeded second, Smith fell 5-2 to third-seeded Brent Chriswell of Boise State in the semifinals and pinned Alan Yen of Stanford in 3 minutes, 58 seconds, in the wrestleback finals.
Kyle Chene earned a fourth-place finish at 149, losing 5-3 to Steven Hernandez of Boise State in the wrestleback finals.
Longmire was a 13-7 winner over Landon Hartley of Boise State in the final round while Yanez decisioned Kyle McIntosh of Arizona State 10-7. Hawkins earned a 7-3 win over Ruben Franklin of CSU Bakersfield while Bragg blanked Frankie Hurtado of CSU Bakersfield in a 10-0 major decision.
Jake Tanenbaum placed sixth at 133 pounds.
As a team, Cal Poly placed fifth among six schools, scoring 98 points. Oregon State won with 138 points, followed by 2011 team champion Boise State with 129 points and Stanford with 125.
The NCAA Division I National Championships will be held March 15-17. Cal Poly's automatic qualifiers are Novachkov, Kastl, DesRoches and Smith. Wild-card qualifiers will be announced in two weeks.
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