Cuesta Finshes 7th at CCCAA State Finals

SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 15, 2014)- Last Week:  Cuesta sent nine wrestlers to he 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championship, which happened to be held at Cuesta College last Friday and Saturday.  Six of Cuesta’s nine qualifiers medaled in the event and the team finished 7th overall.  Cerritos College, led by 2014 CCCAA State Coach of the Year Donnie Garriot, earned the team title and Mo Nasser, from second place Fresno City College, was chosen as the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestler of the Year.  

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars CCCAA State Meet Performances and season awards.    

133- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) was 1-2 at the 2014 CCCAA State Championships and did not advance to the medal round.   He ended the season with a 22-15 record and was named to the 2014 All-SouthEast Conference First Team.  His 42 career victories are tied for #9 all time at Cuesta.

141- Sophomore Connor Pollock (Folsom HS) finished 2nd at the 2014 CCCAA State Championships in a loss to Mt San Antonio's Terrill Sidwell. Pollock was leading the match when he tried to pin Sidwell, only to have Sidwell turn the tables and pin him. Pollock's runner-up finish and 2-1 record at the meet earned him All America honors for the season. He ended the season with a 23-6 record and was also named to the 2014 All-SouthEast Conference First Team. His 42 career victories are tied for #9 all time and his career winning percentage of 72.4% ranks 7th all time at Cuesta. 

149- Sophomore Jonny Callas (Nevada City) posted a 2-3 mark and finished 6th at the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships.   Callas was also named to the All-SEC First Team for the second time.  He ended the season with a 22-11 record.  Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) was 1-1 at the 2014 CCCAA State Championships, but was unable to complete his second bout to eventual CCCAA State Champion AJ McKee, when he was medically disqualified due to a concussion.   Jauregui ended his fourth season with an 11-8 record.  He began his career with a 14-4 record on the 2011 team and redshirted in 2012.  He returned last season, but received a medical redshirt after a 1-1 start.  His four-year record of 26-13 ranks 10th all time for a career winning percentage at .667. 

157- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) posted a 2-3 mark and finished 8th at the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships.   He was 22-12 on the season and earned 2014 All SEC Honorable Mention.   Sinclair’s 41 career wins rank #11 all time at Cuesta. 

165- Sophomore Joe Else (Aptos HS) won his first two matches at the 2014 CCCAA State Championships before losing to eventual CCCAA State Champion Victor Pereira in the semi-finals.  Else lost both of his consolation bouts and landed in 6th place at the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships.  Else was a true success story this season.  He was 7-18 as a freshman in 2012, and redshirted in 2013, before coming back to post a 27-14 record.  His team-high 27 wins also ranks #11 all time at Cuesta.  He also earned 2014 All SEC Honorable Mention.  

174- Sophomore Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS) posted a 2-3 mark and finished 8th at the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships.   He is 18-15 on the season and qualified for the state meet. He was 20-18 on the season and earned 2014 All SEC First Team.

184- Sophomore Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) took a five-year break between CCCAA State Wrestling Championships.  He did not place in 2009, but was 2-3 and claimed 8th place at this year’s 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championship.   Robinett lost a 4-3 decision to eventual CCCAA State Runner-Up Max Kumashiro of Cerritos in their championship quarterfinal and was eliminated from title contention.  He was 20-12 on the season. 

197- Freshman Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) was 1-2 at the 2014 CCCAA State Championships and did not advance to the medal round.   He ended the season with a 16-9 record and earned 2014 All SEC Honorable Mention.    He was the only Cuesta freshman to reach the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championships. 

2014 All American

Second Place Connor Pollock

2014 CCCAA All State Place Winners

Second Place Connor Pollock

Sixth Place Joe Else

Sixth Place Jonny Callas

Eighth Place Jack Robinett

Eighth Place Amir Bakhshi

Eighth Place John Sinclair

2014 All-SouthEast Conference Honors

First Team                                      Connor Pollock

First Team                                      Jonny Callas

First Team                                      George Sakkas

First Team                                      Amir Bakhshi

Honorable Mention                     Joe Else

Honorable Mention                     John Sinclair

Honorable Mention                     Clayton Hartwell



Cagers In Modesto Tournament Wed-Sat

SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 15, 2014)- This week: The Cagers took last week off and are back inaction this weekend at the Modesto Tournament.   The #14 Cougars are one of four state ranked teams and open the 16-team tournament against #11 Lassen on Wednesday (8 AM). 

Last Week: Men’s basketball took last week off after five straight weeks of competition.   They play one more tournament before Christmas and one after before beginning Western State Conference play On January 7. 

Notes: Sophomore Rafael Casanova (Spain) began his freshman season as the Cougars’ 16th player and without a number.  He received #32 when sophomore Khirey Carson’s season was ended by an injury over the first weekend. Casanova ended up playing in 16 games and scoring 32 points on the season.  Last weekend Casanova was named to his third straight all-Tournament team. He is averaging 21.8 points per game on the season, which ranks #4 in the state, and has led the Cougars in scoring in ten of their eleven games.  



Cagers Repeat at Bulldogs Holiday Classic

SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 15, 2014)- Last week: Women's basketball won Allan Hancock’s Bulldog Holiday Classic title for the second straight year, and fourth time in the past 19 years, with a win over Foothill, 71-57, in the finals. The Cougars improved their season-best winning streak to six in a row as the Cougars won their second straight tournament.  Cuesta beat Lassen, 59-54, in the first round and topped conference rival Santa Barbara, 58-34, in the semi-final.  The Cougars are 10-2 on the year. 

Last week: Women's basketball travels to Costa Mesa this Thursday-Saturday for Orange Coast’s Coast Christmas Classic.  Four of the eight teams in the tournament are ranked, including the Cougars, who are ranked #15 in the regional poll.  Cuesta opens with Irvine Valley on Thursday (5 PM).  The Lasers are ranked 5th in the region and #4 in the State Poll.    

Notes:  Forward Jerrica Crosby (Durango, CO: Morro Bay HS) was named the Bulldogs Classic MVP and Center Falecia Cabral (Stonington, CT) joined her on the all-Tournament team.  Crosby has been named to the all tournament team in each of the Cougars’ four tournaments and has been MVP of the last two.  The Bulldog Holiday Classic marked second all-Tournament selection for Cabral, who was also recognized at the Barstow Tournament.



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