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Local colleges: Fresno City coasts to NorCal dual wrestling title

The Fresno Bee

The Fresno City College wrestling team is headed back to the state dual championship.

The Rams took care of the North this past weekend, outscoring opponents 199-13 at Sierra College in Rocklin.

Fresno City eventually punched its ticket with a victory over Sacramento City 32-13. The Rams have won four of the past five state dual titles, including 23-15 over Mt. San Antonio last season. The Mounties will return as the South representative for a fourth straight year after beating Palomar in the final 22-15.

The dual-match final is Nov. 21 in Walnut.

Looking forward to defending the state dual meet title in the Mt. SAC gym.

Fresno City wrestling coach Paul Keysaw

“Been a great season for the Rams so far,” Fresno City coach Paul Keysaw said. “We’re looking forward to defending the state dual meet title in the Mt. SAC gym … trying to stay healthy and positive.”

4-0 Mo Nasser’s record at the NorCal duals. He is the returning state champ at 174 pounds.

Mo Nasser led the way after picking up four wins in the 174-pound division. He was named California Community College wrestler of the week. Nasser, the defending state champion, is 22-0 this season.

▪ Yesseniah Delgadillo curled in the winning goal from 30 yards out in the 84th minute to lift top-ranked Fresno City to a 1-0 win over state-ranked No. 5 Folsom Lake (11-1-2) on Wednesday.

It was Delgadillo’s team-high sixth goal of the season and the Rams’ seventh win in a row as they improve to 12-0-3 with No. 1 rankings in the state (California Community College Soccer Coaches Association) and national (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) polls.

The Rams visit West Valley (4-8-2) at 4 p.m. Friday in a nonconference match. Fresno, 2-0 in the Central Valley Conference, hosts Taft (7-5-1, 2-0) at 4 p.m. Tuesday in a clash for control of the CVC.

▪ The Rams’ men’s soccer team kept its winning streak alive last week with a 2-0 home victory against American River on goals from Andres Rios and Sergio Segura. The state No. 14-ranked Rams (9-4-4, 1-1) face Sequoias (2-11-2, 0-2) at 4 p.m. Friday.

▪ Fresno City’s volleyball team improved to 14-4 overall and 8-0 in the conference with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 win over Merced on Wednesday. The Rams remained No. 9 in the state to start the week, coming off wins over Taft (25-17, 20-25, 25-13, 25-20) and Porterville (25-8, 25-7, 25-12). The Rams (13-4, 7-0) host Sequoias on Wednesday.

Fresno State – The Fresno State volleyball team won consecutive Mountain West matches for the first time since 2013, logging a sweep at Air Force, then pulling out a five-set victory against UNLV last week.

The Bulldogs (12-10, 4-4) showed some resiliency against UNLV, particularly during the third set of a 25-23, 18-25, 30-28, 23-25, 15-8 victory.

Zana Bowens led the Bulldogs with 16 kills and 18 digs. Setter Brooke Legaux provided a surprise element to the Bulldogs’ attack, piling up five kills on just six attacks to go with 26 assists.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Bulldogs raised their game, attacking at a .333 clip to secure the win. UNLV played the set at a minus-.056 efficiency.

“We still found a way to win and that’s what being Bulldog tough is all about,” Fresno State coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said.

The Bulldogs play Saturday at San Jose State, looking to avenge a conference-opening five-set loss last month.

▪ Fresno State’s Cooper Gill ran the second-fastest time in his career, finishing an 8K in 24 minutes, 23.2 seconds to take 18th overall at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational cross country meet last weekend in Sunnyvale.

The men’s team was sixth overall. The women had only four runners participate in the 6K, preventing them from qualifying for a team score.

Cristal Rivera finished 66th overall in a season-best 21:51.

▪ The Bulldogs women’s golf team will compete at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Sunday through Tuesday at Boulder Creek Golf Club.

Among those in the 19-team field are Golfweek magazine No. 13-ranked Tennessee, No. 15 San Diego State and No. 22 UNLV.

▪ The Bulldogs soccer team dropped back-to-back Mountain West road matches last week, losing 2-1 to San Diego State and 5-1 to New Mexico to fall to 4-10-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the conference.

Fresno State is in a three-way tie for sixth with Wyoming and Nevada with three regular-season matches remaining. The Bulldogs will need to break out of the deadlock to reach the Mountain West tournament. as only the top six advance. The race continues at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Nevada at the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium. Senior Day is 1 p.m. Sunday against UNLV. The Aztecs (11-4-0, 7-1-0) clinched a postseason spot with their win over Fresno State.

▪ The Bulldogs lacrosse team walloped the New Zealand national team 17-11 in a Wednesday exhibition at Fresno State. Junior midfielder Caroline Dineen-Carlson, the team’s leading scorer last season with 30 goals, found the back of the net seven times. The Bulldogs have a number of fall scrimmages before the regular season begins in February.

Fresno Pacific – A header from Sergi Nus in the 31st minute held up Monday as the game-winner as the Fresno Pacific men’s soccer team beat Notre Dame de Namur 1-0 in a PacWest Conference match. Alvaro Nogales provided the assist via a corner kick for the Sunbirds (10-2-2, 7-1-1).

Senior Renato Bustamante earlier was announced as PacWest Player of the Week after scoring one goal and dishing three assists in wins last week over Academy of Art and Azusa Pacific. The honor is Bustamante’s second of the season and third of his career. He leads the conference with eight assists in the nine PacWest matches. Overall, he has 10 assists in 14 matches – fifth among NCAA Division II players.

The Sunbirds continue PacWest action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Cal Baptist at Ramirez Field.

▪ The women’s soccer team scored three second-half goals in a 4-0 shutout win to complete the school’s Monday sweep of Notre Dame de Namur. Mariah Montoya got in on every goal, providing assists on the first three and scoring in the 87th minute on a penalty. It was the sixth shutout of the season and fourth in conference for Fresno Pacific (7-5-1, 5-3-1), which hosts Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. Saturday at Ramirez Field.

▪ The Sunbirds cross country teams will compete in the PacWest championships Saturday in Riverside.

The Fresno Pacific men were picked to finish fourth and the Sunbirds women projected seventh in the PacWest cross country pre-championship coaches poll

The Fresno Pacific men were picked to finish fourth and the Sunbirds women seventh by conference coaches ahead of the PacWest cross country championship Saturday.

The women’s 6K begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K at 9:15 a.m., both at the Riverside City course.

Sophomore Connor Nolen and junior Ismael Guzman anchor the Sunbirds men, who took sixth last season.

Courtney Moore paces the Fresno Pacific women, who were fifth a year ago.

▪ The Fresno Pacific volleyball team is on a four-match slide after going winless in Hawaii late last week, then losing to Dixie State in PacWest play Wednesday.

Fresno Pacific (4-12, 4-7) gets some scheduling help to potentially snap the losing streak, playing host Saturday to Holy Names (2-17, 0-10). Gabriela Macedo and Carley Bock are averaging 2.76 and 2.72 kills per set, respectively, for the season.

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