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By Casey Christie / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
PALO ALTO -- Cal State Bakersfield sophomore Bryce Hammond repeated as Pac-12 Conference champion at 174 pounds Sunday at Stanford University.
Hammond, a Bakersfield High graduate, pinned Joe Latham of Oregon State in 3:43 to win his second straight Pac-12 title and qualify for the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.
Also reaching the Pac-12 finals was 141-pound sophomore Ian Nickell, who lost 10-5 to Oregon State's Joey Delgado.
Hammond, the top seed, pinned two of the three opponents he faced Sunday. He is one of 17 automatic qualifiers from the Pac-12 who will advance to the NCAAs.
Other Pac-12 wrestlers who didn't automatically qualify will form a pool of candidates for 40 at-large berths into the NCAA Championships that will be announced March 12.
CSUB's Reuben Franklin placed third at 197 by beating Arizona State's Josh DaSilveira 11-3.
CSUB wrestlers placing fourth were Jose Mendoza at 133 pounds, David Meza (165) and Spencer Hill (157).
Dalton Kelley, who was named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, was fifth at 149. Also placing fifth were Sean Pollock (184) and Sergio Mendez (125). Heavyweight Sammy Cervantes was sixth.
Oregon State won its third straight Pac-12 title. CSUB was fifth with 109.5 points.
STOCKTON -- Cal State Bakersfield's softball team lost a doubleheader to the University of the Pacific, 8-4 and 6-5.
Jessica Castaneda hit a grand slam in the first game for CSUB (2-16), which has lost 13 straight games.
Ashley Carter, a junior catcher from Tehachapi, had an RBI double in the second inning and a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth.
Jerel McNeal led the Jam with 19 points and Ike Diogu had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Bakersfield Jam overcame a 47-point effort by Vander Blue to defeat the Delaware 87ers at the Dignity Health Event Center.
Down 32-24 after one quarter, Bakersfield came out on fire in the second quarter, scoring 37 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field to take a 61-58 lead at the break.
Terrel Harris finished with 18 points for the Jam and Dennis Horner added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jeremy Wise had 14 points and five assists off the bench.