Kastl Named Pac-12 Newcomer of Year; Tanenbaum Earns Academic Award
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly redshirt freshman wrestler Dominic Kastl has been named freshman/newcomer of the year for the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference season.
Kastl (pictured at right), Cal Poly's lone Pac-12 champion this year, compiled a 14-5 record and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
A 2010 graduate of Gilroy High School, Kastl won nine straight matches in January and February before going 2-2 at the nationals, including a 2-1 upset against 10th-seeded Cody Yohn of Minnesota.
Kastl recorded two falls and a pair of major decisions during the season. A second-place finisher in the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming in November, Kastl won his three matches at the Pac-12 finals in Boise, Idaho, by a 13-3 major decision and 6-5 and 8-1 decisions.
Kastl is the third Mustang voted Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, joining Ryan Halsey (2003) and Darrell Vasquez (2004). Kastl went undefeated against conference opponents this season.
Competing in open tournaments during his redshirt season a year ago, Kastl compiled a 14-5 record as well with two falls and three major decisions. He placed first in the Cal Baptist Open and second in the California Collegiate Invitational.
Kastl placed fourth as a senior and seventh as a junior in the California State High School Championships and was a four-time CIF-Central Coast Section champion.
Meanwhile, junior 133-pounder Jake Tanenbaum (left) has been placed on the second unit of the Pac-12 All-Academic Wrestling Team.
A kinesiology major from Leawood, Kansas, with a 3.166 grade-point average, Tanenbaum was 8-14 this season with one fall and a technical fall. He owns a 47-53 career mark as a Mustang and was a gold medal winner in the 2009 Macabbiah Games in freestyle and Greco Roman as well as in the 1998 Grand Prix Munich Memorial Tournament.
In order to be eligible for the honor, athletes must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average. They must be at least a sophomore and have completed one full academic year at their institution. The athletes must have competed in at least half of the wrestling competitions during the season.
Stanford 174-pounder Nick Amuchastegui was unanimously named the 2012 Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year by the conference's six head wrestling coaches while Jim Zalesky of Oregon State is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.
Cal Poly wrestling is presented by Meathead Movers.