Pair of Mustangs Qualify for NCAA Division I National Championship

Pair of Mustangs Qualify for NCAA Division I National Championship


STANFORD, Calif. – Cal Poly 157-pounder Colt Shorts and 141-pounder Colton Schilling have punched tickets to the 2017 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championship.

Shorts finished second in his weight class at the Pacific-12 Conference Championship held Sunday at Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University. Schilling placed third at 141 pounds.

"Shorts and Schilling both wrestled tough today," said first-year Mustang head coach Jon Sioredas. "We are excited to see what they can do in St. Louis."

Shorts earned his way to the final round with a bye and a 3-1 decision over Paul Fox of Stanford before he was defeated by top-seeded Josh Shields of Arizona State 10-5.

Only two wrestlers from the 157-pound class advanced to the nationals and Shorts did not have to wrestle a true-second match because Fox finished third and had already lost to Shorts.

At 141, Schilling pinned Nikko Villarreal of Arizona State in 4 minutes, 36 seconds, to claim third place and the final qualifying spot for the nationals in that weight class.

With three spots available at 149, Mustang Joshy Cortez fell 3-1 to Joey Delgado of Oregon State in the consolation final for third and fourth place. Delgado scored an escape and takedown in the final period for the win.

Travis Berridge dropped a 4-1 decision to Peter Galli of Stanford in the 174-pound consolation final, surrendering a reversal, a penalty point for three cautions and riding time.

At 184, Mustang Mitch Woods was seeded No. 1 but settled for fourth place with a 1-2 mark.

And at 285, Cal Poly's Spencer Empey dropped an 11-2 major decision to Nathan Butler of Stanford in the bout for third and fourth place. A win by Empey would have made him a national qualifier.

Placing fifth for the Mustangs were 125-pounder Brandon Staley and 197-pounder Thomas Lane. Staley earned a 16-5 major decision over Kegan Calkins of Oregon State in his final match while Lane pinned his final opponent, Austyn Harris of Arizona State, in 3:50.

Sixth-place Mustang finishers included 133-pounder Yoshito Funakoshi and 165-pounder Luke Wilson.

As a team, Cal Poly placed sixth with 78 points, one behind fifth-place Boise State. Arizona State halted Oregon State's fine-year reign atop the Pac-12 by scoring 127 points, 4.5 points ahead of runner-up Stanford. CSU Bakersfield finished third with 92 points, a half-point better than the fourth-place Beavers.

The Sun Devils advanced seven wrestlers to the finals and five were crowned champions.

The 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship will be held March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.