Former Buchanan High standout and 2007 Fresno Bee Wrestler of the Year Ryan Flores will compete for the 285-pound title today at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia.
Flores, who wrestles for American University in Washington, D.C., squares off against Zachery Rey of LeHigh for the championship.
Flores' road to the final featured a fall in 1:38 of Michigan's Ben Apland in the first round, an 18-5 major decision over Columbia's Kevin Lester in the second round, a 5-2 win against Nebraska's Tucker Lane in the quarterfinals and a 4-0 victory against Central Michigan's Jarrod Trice in the semifinals.
Flores, a senior, was a two-time CIF State champion while at Buchanan and wrestled his first two seasons in college at Columbia.
Also, former Clovis state champ Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State saw his run in the 149-pound division stopped by North Carolina-Greensboro's Ivan Lopouchanski 8-3. Sakaguchi won his first match before dropping into the wrestlebacks, where he won one more match.
Ex-Exeter swimmer helps LSU finish 10th in NCAA race
Former Exeter High standout Samantha Goates helped Louisiana State finish 10th overall -- and second in the 'B' final -- in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas.
Goates, a junior, swam the final leg for a team that finished in 1:38.30. Cal won the race in 1:35.03.
World of Outlaws washed out
The World of Outlaws 410 sprint car event Friday at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford was postponed because of rain.
Clovis native and defending series champion Jason Meyers won the Dash, and Easton's Tommy Tarlton won the Last Chance Showdown, but the 'A' main event never got under way as rain began to fall. Outlaws and track officials were working on scheduling a makeup date.
Weather permitting, the Outlaws will run at Tulare's Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway tonight.
Sunbirds sweep in baseball
Fresno Pacific rode the arms of Aaron Lynn, Ryan Castadio and Michael Rivera to a doubleheader sweep Friday of NAIA No. 3-ranked Cal Baptist and into a first-place tie with the Lancers in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Lynn fired a two-hit shutout, striking out nine while walking two, as the Sunbirds won the first game 6-0. Lynn carried a perfect game into the seventh before issuing a walk to Matt Marnati. Josh Manzano broke up the no-hit bit with a single in the eighth.
Castadio allowed two earned runs over 52/3 innings, and Rivera worked a scoreless 11/3 innings during a 4-2 win in the second game for 15th-ranked Fresno Pacific (17-9), which shares the GSAC lead with Cal Baptist (24-7) at 11-5.
Fresno Pacific loses twice to NCAA-ranked water polo teams
The Fresno Pacific women's water polo team lost 10-4 against NCAA Division I No. 18-ranked Pacific and 9-6 against NCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Redlands on Friday at the Lancers Invitational in Riverside.
Jaimie Lugo, Michelle Kaplan, Nicolette Haley and Jennifer Cobb scored for the Sunbirds against Pacific, while Jenn Wolter scored twice and Brittney Guerrero, Melissa Perry and Krista Loper all scored once against Redlands.
Sunbirds tennis postponed
Fresno Pacific men's and women's tennis matches scheduled for today against Hope International have been postponed because of rain.
No makeup date has been announced.
On Thursday, the Sunbirds men defeated Hawaii Pacific 5-1 while the women fell 7-2 against the NCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Seawarriors.
Fresno Pacific won the men's match on the strength of singles wins from Cledson Carvalho, Xavier Smith, Nathan Martinet, Jaime Sanchez-Canamares and Amarit Sanchez. The Sunbirds, ranked No. 1 in NAIA, didn't need to play the doubles matches.
Marie Boura and Yumiko Justin provided the points for the Sunbirds' NAIA No. 1-ranked women's team, which fell to 8-4.
Reedley College continues roll in Big 8 women's tennis
The Reedley College women's tennis team recorded its 36th straight Big 8 Conference victory by defeating College of the Sequoias 7-2.
The Tigers' No. 2 singles player, Alex McDonald, improved to 13-0 this season by blanking Danielle Duran 6-0, 6-0.
- Reedley's men's squad edged COS 5-4. Top singles player Andre Almeida led the way with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Lucas Wettstein.
Kids Golf Tour results
Cierra Salazar (girls 15-17 age group), Kodie Null (boys 15-17), Hannah Price (girls 12-14), Parth Verma (boys 12-14), Maya Pugatch (girls 9-11), Brian Stark (boys 9-11) and Aidan Tran (boys 6-8) each took first place at Sunday's California Kids Golf Tour at Fig Garden Golf Club.