Jordan Gurrola recorded his third fall of the season against Simon Frasier on Jan. 18, 2019. (Courtesy SF State)

College Notebook: SF State wrestling scores top 20 finish at nationals, Gurrola earns All-American status

San Francisco State Wrestling: The Gators finished 17th at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Cleveland, with redshirt senior Jason Gurrola (133 lb.) finished in fourth place, the highest finish by a Gators wrestler since 2013. Junior Justin Pichedwatana finished in seventh in the 184-pound bracket. Both Pichedwatana and Gurrola earned All-American status. SF State last made a Top 20 finish in 2013, when the Golden Gators finished 10th, led by national champion Naveed Bacheri at 133 pounds.

SF State Baseball: The Gators have had nine games postponed or cancelled and one halted in the eighth inning due to unusually-wet conditions in the Bay Area this season, but at 9-0-1, they’re now ranked No. 4 in the NCBWA DII West Region poll, released on Monday. Perhaps the biggest frustration is that they’re behind No. 1 UC San Diego, and would have played them four times at Maloney Field March 9-10, but that entire series was washed away. SF State won’t get another crack at the Tritons during the regular season. UCSD is the unanimous No. 1 for the second week in a row.

The Gators will next head to Pomona, Calif., for a four-game set against No. 8-ranked Cal Poly Pomona before returning home March 22-24 for a four-game home set against Cal State Dominguez Hills.

As a team, San Francisco State is hitting .313 with six players over .300. The Gators have hit eight home runs, led by four from senior first baseman Harley Lopez and three from redshirt sophomore Mountain View-native Trevor Rogers, a kick back from the University of San Francisco. Lopez ranks second in the CCAA in homers while Rogers ranks second in the conference with an .808 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage.

SF State women’s track: The No. 5 SF State women’s track team used a big Saturday to surge to 10th place at the NCAA Indoor Division II Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. The finish, along with the 13 team points scored, were both program records.

Destiny Mack-Talalemotu set two consecutive program records to get to the shot put finals, including a 15.93m to get to the podium, earning her All-American honors for the second straight year. She was one of a program-record five All-Americans to earn the honor on Saturday.

Alexis Henry, Timarya Baynard, Jazmine Smith and Monisha Lewis also earned All-American honors, with Henry and Baynard earning theirs in the 400m, with Henry taking home her first career indoor award and Baynard earning her second after grabbing Second Team honors in 2017.

Bayard set a new program record with a time of 54.03 to place fourth while Henry surged late to win her heat and place fifth with a time of 54.22, a personal best.

The 4×400 relay team of of Baynard, Henry, Smith and Lewis, who came in as the top-seeded team in the event, set a program-record with a 3:37.29 which earned them second place and help lock down the 10th-place team finish.

ART U Track: The Academy of Art track team earned seven All-American honors at the indoor championships, paced by three from Mobolade Ajomale, who has been named the NCAA D2 National Indoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. Read more in our full recap online.

ART U Women’s Golf: Anahi Servin picked up her third PacWest weekly honor of the season, earning PacWest Golfer of the Week following a second-place finish at Cal State East Bay’s Tim Tierney Shootout. Helping the team finish second overall, the Paraguay native shot a 72 and 73 to end one stroke above par and claimed a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

ART U Softball: The Urban Knights finally took the field after nearly two weeks of rainouts, and got back into the swing of things with a pair of close ones against Stanislaus State at Warrior Softball Field on March 8. After losing the opener 3-0, ART U saw sophomore pitcher and fashion design major Cecelia Lopez (1-1) deal from the circle in a 2-1 win. Lopez went the distance and scattered six hits over her seven innings of work, walking two and striking out two on 75 pitches. Freshman outfielder and fashion merchandizing major Nikki West provided the eventual game-winning margin, when she knocked a 1-2 single back up the middle to score freshman Cassandra Mittman from second.

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