Cal Poly junior Boris Novachkov captured the 141-pound championship while his brother, senior Filip Novachkov, finished fourth at 133 pounds on the final day of competition in the Midlands Championships last Thursday night.
Boris Novachkov won by a medical forfeit in the championship after Illinois’ Jimmy Kennedy was injured in his semifinal-round match.
To get there, second-seeded Boris Novachkov scored a reversal in overtime to beat Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh.
In that match after a scoreless first period, Boris Novachkov earned 1-minute and 23 seconds of riding time before Nauman escaped in the second period. Boris Novachkov escaped in the third period, but he lost his riding time advantage, forcing overtime.
The first period of overtime again was scoreless. Nauman escaped in the second period, but Boris Novachkov’s reversal in the final period proved decisive.
The win makes Boris Novachkov now 17-1 for the year.
Filip Novachkov, however, wasn’t as fortunate. He dropped a 5-1 decision to Central Michigan’s Scott Sentes in the consolation finals.
Earlier, Filip Novachkov earned a trio of wins in the wrestlebacks. Seeded fifth at 133 pounds, Novachkov pinned No. 10 Nathan McCormick of Missouri in 3:30, decisioned Ridge Kiley of Nebraska 7-0 and earned a spot in the consolation final with a 10-7 win over third-seeded Tony Ramos of Iowa.
Novachkov is now 6-4 on the season, with three of the losses to Sentes — a 7-2 decision in the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month, a fall in overtime (7:55) in Wednesday’s quarterfinals and Thursday night’s 5-1 setback.
At 165 pounds, Mustang junior Ryan DesRoches lost his fifth-round wrestleback match against Aaron Janssen of Iowa, 13-8, and was eliminated Thursday afternoon. DesRoches is 24-4 on the year.
Cal Poly finished 11th with 56.5 points. Missouri claimed the team title with 103.5 points, followed by Wisconsin (95.5), Lehigh (93), Iowa (91) and Pittsburgh (82.5).