Filip Novachkov Claims 65-Kilogram Title in Schultz Memorial Invitational

Filip Novachkov Claims 65-Kilogram Title in Schultz Memorial Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly wrestler Filip Novachkov captured top honors in the 65-kilogram division of the 19th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Representing his native country of Bulgaria, Novachkov defeated a trio of two-time NCAA Division I All-Americans en route to the title.

After a first-round bye, Novachkov turned a 6-0 lead into a fall against David Habat in the quarterfinals. Habat placed second and fourth in the NCAAs for Edinboro.

In the semifinals, Novachkov earned a 10-0 technical fall against Hunter Stieber, a third- and fifth-place finisher for Ohio State at the nationals.

Novachkov's second fall of the day came in the final round as he pinned Evan Henderson after building a 3-2 lead. Henderson was a fourth- and sixth-place finisher at the NCAAs for North Carolina.

Novachkov's brother, 2016 Olympian Boris Novachkov, competed in the 70-kilogram weight class but lost in the semifinals to Jason Chamberlain, 3-2, and did not compete in the wrestlebacks.

Boris Novachkov competed in the 65-kilogram weight class in freestyle at Rio de Janeiro last summer and split two matches.

Filip Novachkov wrestled at Cal Poly from 2006-11, qualifying for the NCAA Division I National Championships in 2009 and 2010. He placed second in the 2010 Pac-12 Conference Championship and third in 2009 and 2011, finishing his Mustang career with an 89-36 overall mark.

Both Novachkov brothers are graduates of Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Calif.