Area roundup: Owen tops in Pac-12 wrestling
Brian Owen, a University High School graduate wrestling for Boise State, won the 133-pound weight class at the Pacific-12 Conference wrestling championship on Sunday in Boise.
Owen, a redshirt junior, defeated Frank Lomas of Cal State Bakersfield 4-2 in the championship match.
Owen opened with a 20-9 win over Stanford’s Matt Sencenbaugh and followed that with a 3-1 semifinal victory over Oregon State’s Garrett Drucker.
Riverside High School graduate Ryan DesRoches, who wrestles for Cal Poly, lost 5-4 in the final to Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford and placed second in the 174-pound class.
DesRoches, the second seed, had a first-round bye before beating Eric Starks of Arizona State 5-3 in the semifinals.
The nonconference doubleheader between the Washington State Cougars and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks was suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning of the first game due to snow in Pullman.
The game will resume today at noon at Bailey-Brayton Field with the Cougars leading 5-0 with two outs and the bases empty. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
WSU starter Kyle Swannack held the Mavericks to four hits through five innings, striking out six. Derek Jones’ two-out triple scored Jason Monda and gave the Cougs a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Cougs added four more runs in the second inning on a two-run single by Nate Blackham, a run-scoring triple by Monda and a RBI double by Jones.
The Linfield Wildcats (4-0, 2-0) breezed to a 13-2, 10-1 Northwest Conference doubleheader sweep over the Whitworth Pirates (2-6, 0-2) in Pasco.
Jessica Ross belted a two-run home run in a six-inning loss in the opener for the Pirates.
Whitworth managed just three hits in both games. The second game was called after five innings.
Staci Doucette homered in each game for the Wildcats.
The Washington State Cougars finished ninth at the Pacific-12 Conference Women’s Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash.
California piled up 1,389.5 points to win the title. Stanford (1,341.5) was second and USC was third. WSU scored 239.5 points.
Washington State picked up 44 of its 52 final-day points when the 400-yard free relay team of Nicole Proulx, Jessie Craig, Emma Johansson and Melissa Bogert finished eighth in 3 minutes, 23.85 seconds.