Iowa Teams Send Aggies Home Early From NWCA National Duals

Eliot Kelly earned a maj. dec. and fall during the first day of NWCA National Duals in Iowa.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Eliot Kelly earned a maj. dec. and fall during the first day of NWCA National Duals in Iowa. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Jan. 13, 2007

Cedar Falls, IA - Competing against two of the best teams in the country at the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals, the UC Davis wrestling team was eliminated on the first day of competition with tough losses to No. 5 Iowa and No. 24-ranked host school Northern Iowa on Saturday. Senior Eliot Kelly had the best overall day for the Aggies as he claimed two victories and a total of nine points in the 197-pound class.

The two losses bring the Aggies' dual record to 2-5 on the season.

UC Davis opened the grueling day against the No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes. Competing without No. 2 Derek Moore, No. 4 Ken Cook and no backup at 184, UC Davis struggled to match up with a healthy Hawkeye team. Kelly earned UC Davis its only points of the match as he earned an impressive 12-4 major decision against Rick Loera at 197. Nexi Delgado put in a solid performance against Alex Tsirtsis at 141 and fell by just three points.

As if competing against the one of the top teams in the country wasn't difficult enough, the Aggies jumped back into action a couple hours later in the consolation bracket against host school and No. 24-ranked Northern Iowa. Kelly continued to shine for UC Davis at 197, and capped an impressive day when he pinned Andrew Anderson in 6:58. Fellow senior Marcos Orozco earned the other points as he earned a four-point major decision at 125 over as he shutout Grant Ruge, 8-0.

The Aggies are back at it again next weekend as they host their first dual meet this season when they welcome Pac-10 foe Cal State Fullerton to Hickey Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.

University of Iowa 41 vs. UC Davis 4
125 Charlie Falck (IA) fall Marcos Orozco (Davis) F 3:43
133 Mario Galanakis (IA) maj. dec. Kyle Bank (Davis) M 13-2
141 Alex Tsirtsis (IA) dec. Nexi Delgado (Davis) D 6-3
149 Alex Grunder (IA) maj. dec. Shawn Haratani (Davis) M 12-3
157 Ryan Morningstar (IA) dec. Jon Clark (Davis) D 5-3
165 Mark Perry (IA) fall Dustin Noack (Davis) F 0:38
174 Eric Luedke (IA) fall Kyle Dubs (Davis) F 2:16
184 Phillip Keddy (IA) FORFEIT
197 Eliot Kelly (Davis) maj. dec. Rick Loera (IA) M 12-4
285 Matt Fields (IA) dec. Broc Maffia (Davis) D 9-4



UC Davis 10 vs. University of Northern Iowa 30
125 Marcos Orozco (Davis) maj. dec. Grant Ruge (UNI) M 8-0
133 Kyle Anson (UNI) mar. dec. Kyle Bank (Davis) M 15-7
141 CJ Ettelson (UNI) maj. dec. Nexi Delgado (Davis) M 13-1
149 Charlie Ettelson (UNI) dec. Shawn Haratani (Davis) D 11-6
157 Moza Fay (UNI) maj. dec. Jon Clark (Davis) M 9-0
165 Nick Baima (UNI) dec. Dustin Noack (Davis) D 4-1
174 Curt Zinnel (UNI) dec. Kyle Dubs (Davis) D 16-9
184 Dan Dunning (UNI) FORFEIT
197 Eliot Kelly (Davis) fall Andrew Anderson (UNI) F 6:58
285 Tyler Rhodes (UNI) dec. Broc Maffia (Davis) D 6-3