The North Idaho College wrestling team opened the 2009-2010 season with a bit of history, overmatching Montana State Northern 35-6 to earn the program’s 600th victory in Coeur d’Alene.
The Lights earned a victory in the 125-pound class with senior Sean Costello beating NIC freshman Kyle McCrite 10-8 in overtime and another with a 5-0 decision at 184 pounds.
That ended Montana State Northern’s scoring.
Freshmen Jesse Nielsen and Roger McCovey earned pins for the Cardinals at the 165- and 285-pound classes, respectively.
Eric Luna also added the most lopsided score of the dual, a 22-6 technical fall of Joe Drinkwater at 149 pounds.
Following a surprise finish at the pre-national invite a week ago, the Washington State men struggled at the Pac-10 championships, finishing sixth at the Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, Calif.
Mark Moeller led the Cougars in 23 minutes, 39 seconds in the 8,000-meter race, placing 17th, the highest finish for a Cougar since 2004.
Stanford took first in the men’s race with 28 points, led by top finisher Chris Derrick.
The WSU women were led by Lisa Egami, who finished 24th in 20:40.4. No. 1 Washington took first place with 35 team points in the 6,000-meter race.
Eastern Washington (7-8-2, 4-2-1) qualified for its first Big Sky Conference championship playoffs in four years with a 1-0 shutout of Montana (4-13-1, 2-4-1) in Missoula.
Brittney Doran scored the match’s only goal in the ninth minute and Lisa Dimak shut out the Grizzlies, notching two saves.
•San Diego (11-5-2, 5-1) scored the match’s first five goals in a 5-1 win over West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga (8-10, 2-4) in San Diego. Emma Dolcetti scored in the 85th minute for GU, but the Toreros could not be stopped as five players scored.
•Brandi Vega’s goal just before halftime proved to be the winner as Washington State (12-4-1, 4-1-1) shut out Oregon State (10-6-1, 2-4) 1-0 in Corvallis, Ore. Meghan Berlingo earned the shutout with three saves and the Cougars held OSU to just six shots in the match.
•After trailing 1-0 to Pac-10 rival Oregon (8-8-1, 0-6-0), Washington (11-3-3, 3-1-2) rallied to score three second-half goals to win 3-1 in Eugene, Ore. McKenna Waitley had an assist as well as the match’s final goal for the Huskies.
A turnover in front of its goal doomed Gonzaga (5-7-3, 2-5-1) to a 1-0 overtime loss to visiting Santa Clara (4-9-3, 2-5-1) as Eric Masch scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute. The shutout for the Bulldogs came despite a dominant first half in which they outshot SCU 13-6.
•Washington (4-5-5, 1-1-4) and California (8-7-1, 2-5-1) traded goals in the first half of their Pac-10 match, but neither team could find the net the rest of the way as the game finished in a 1-1 tie in double overtime in Seattle.
Sarah Reaves and Sofie Schlaginweit combined for 34 kills as Arizona State (12-10, 2-8) roughed up No. 21 Washington State (16-5, 5-5) 25-22, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22 in Tempe, Ariz.
Jackie Albright had 10 kills and 11 digs for WSU and Renee Bordelon had 43 assists, but the Cougars could not avoid falling to .500 in Pac-10 play.
•Hayley Hills had nine kills and 15 digs and Ashley Hamilton chipped in 31 assists as Eastern Washington (15-7, 9-2) swept Montana State (3-17, 1-9) 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 in Bozeman to remain tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference with Portland State.
•Whitworth’s recent run came to a halt against Puget Sound (15-8, 9-4) with a marathon five-game loss ending with a 16-14 Game 5 win by UPS in Tacoma. Morgan Veleke’s 16 kills and 14 digs led the Pirates (9-15, 5-8), who had 60 team kills but also committed 31 errors in the loss.
•It took No. 5 Washington one set to find its stride against No. 18 Arizona, but after dropping Game 1 25-18, UW rallied to win the next three, 25-20, 25-18, 25-19, in Tucson. Kindra Carlson’s 18 kills led a Huskies attack that tallied 58 kills and just 20 errors.
The Washington State women defeated Gonzaga in four of seven races to capture the seventh annual Head of the Snake Regatta at Wawawai Landing in Pullman. The WSU varsity 8 finished in a time of 15:17.52, almost 51 seconds faster than the Bulldogs varsity 8.
The Gonzaga men’s second varsity 8 and novice 9 both beat their WSU opponents to lead the GU men to a second straight victory over the Cougars after beating them at the Head of the Spokane. The Cougars came back to win the varsity 8 with a 13-second win in a time of 14:20.19.