No.2 Hawkeyes Roll To 36-3 Wrestling Win Against Aggies

Michael Font beat Iowa's Matt Anderson, 13-6, at 165 pounds on Friday night.
Michael Font beat Iowa's Matt Anderson, 13-6, at 165 pounds on Friday night.

Jan. 3, 2003

IOWA CITY, Iowa - UC Davis 165-pounder Michael Font beat Matt Anderson of Iowa on Friday night, but the second-ranked Hawkeyes won the other nine matches to beat the Aggies, 36-3, in a wrestling dual before 4,253 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Iowa - coached by Jim Zalesky, brother of UC Davis coach Lennie Zalesky - improved its record to 6-0 while the Aggies dropped to 3-2. Iowa is the most successful program in NCAA history, entering the season with 20 national championships, including nine of the past 12.

Eight of Iowa's nine victories against the Aggies came from ranked wrestlers, including a win by Steve Mocco at 285 who is top-ranked in his weight class.

"We were right in there the first six matches," said Lennie Zalesky. "The match was pretty exciting for us. It really is a tough place to wrestle but the guys wrestled well."

The Hawkeyes captured wins in the first five matches, but the Aggies weren't overmatched in any of them, losing each by decision. Third-ranked Luke Eustice opened with an 11-8 win over Tommy Schurkamp at 125, No.6 Cliff Moore edged No.14 Urijah Faber 9-5 at 133, and 18th-ranked Luke Moffitt beat Cris Brines 11-4 at 141. An 11-5 victory by No.14 Ty Eustice against Nick Davis at 149 pounds, and Joe Johnston's 14-8 decision over No.16 Jeremiah Jarvis at 157 gave Iowa a 15-0 lead midway.

Schurkamp was tied after one period in his match and was down by just two points entering the third in his match against Eustice, while Faber trailed just 8-5 after two periods in his bout against Moore. Likewise, Davis was only behind 4-3 after two periods in his match and Jarvis was only behind 8-6 going into the third period of his contest.



The Aggies got on the scoreboard in the next match as Font upset Anderson, 13-6, at 165. For Font, the victory improved his season mark to 5-7 while Anderson - who is ranked seventh at 157 and was wrestling up a weight class on Friday - fell to 7-3. Font trailed 4-3 after the first period but used an escape, a takedown and a three-point near-fall to take a 9-6 lead going into the final period.

Technical fall victories by No.3 Tyler Nixt (174), No.2 Jessman Smith (184) and No.20 Ryan Fulsaas (197) gave the Hawkeyes three more wins before Mocco pinned Jason Paul at heavyweight to close out the match.

Despite the loss, Zalesky said the Aggies' competition against his alma mater was a milestone for UC Davis wrestling.

"We had a lot of people come up afterward and said they felt our guys wrestled tough," he said. "We had 4,200 fans see what we could do and I think that's a good watershed mark for the program."

UC Davis returns to action with the Aggie Open on Jan. 11.

No.2 Iowa 36, UC Davis 3
125 - Luke Eustice (I) dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 11-8
133 - Cliff Moore (I) dec. Urijah Faber (UCD), 9-5
141 - Luke Moffitt (I) dec. Cris Brines (UCD), 11-4
149 - Ty Eustice (I) dec. Nick Davis (UCD), 11-5
157 - Joe Johnston (I) dec. Jeremiah Jarvis (UCD), 14-8
165 - Michael Font (UCD) dec. Matt Anderson (I), 13-6
174 - Tyler Nixt (I) tech. fall Shannan Sams (UCD), 22-7 (6:48)
184 - Jessman Smith (I) tech. fall Ronnie Silva (UCD), 17-0 (5:45)
197 - Ryan Fulsaas (I) tech. fall Michael Clarkston (UCD), 20-5 (6:34)
285 - Steve Mocco (I) fall Jason Paul (UCD), 1:21

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