Jan. 16, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis 125-pounder Tommy Schurkamp upset fourth-ranked Efren Ceballos of Cal State Bakersfield on Friday afternoon at Recreation Hall, but the 21st-ranked Roadrunners later rebounded to win the matches' final four bouts in a 29-13 Pac-10 Conference victory before 386 fans.
UC Davis was facing its fourth ranked opponent in its last five matches, dropping to 3-5 overall overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10. The Roadrunners, 7-0 overall and off to the second best dual meet start in school history, improved to 3-0 in conference action.
Schurkamp provided the Aggies' biggest highlight on Friday, upsetting Ceballos, the top-ranked 125-pound wrestler in the Pac-10 and ranked fourth nationally by Intermat. Schurkamp tallied a pair of takedowns in the first period for a 4-2 lead and then added a reversal and two-point near fall in the fourth after Ceballos tied the match, 4-4. Schurkamp improved to 8-4 this season while Ceballos lost for just the third time and is 20-3.
"Tommy had the best performance of the night," said UC Davis coach Lennie Zalesky. "It's certainly great whenever we can beat someone in the top five."
Schurkamps' win cut the Roadrunners' lead to 15-13 but it was the final victory of the night for the Aggies, who dropped the final four. Jack Anaya (133) and Roberto Vargas (141) posted back-to-back decisions over UC Davis' Cesar Correa and Jeff Bristol, respectively, while Anthony Baza and 17th-ranked Brian Cobb concluded the rally with major decisions against the Aggies' Cris Brines and Kevin Jones at 149 and 157, respectively.
UC Davis led 10-6 early after winning two of first three matches. After Christian Arellano pinned Michael Font in 52 second at 165 in the opener for a 6-0 Roadrunner lead, the Aggies turned it around by earning a pin from Frank Richmond over Jason Carrasco at 174 and a 16-5 major decision by Brandon Bear at 184. Cal State Bakersfield, however, took the next two matches, including a pin by fourth-ranked Matt
Monteiro over Evan Hendrix at 197 for a 15-10 lead heading into Schurkamp's win at 125.
UC Davis wrestled without 157-pounder Jeremiah Jarvis
and 133-pounder Derek Moore, who were sidelined with injury.
"With two of our highest ranked out and Bakersfield ranked in the top 25, we did fairly well," Zalesky said.
UC Davis' match against the Roadrunners was the first of two on Friday for the Aggies, who were scheduled to battle Oregon at 7 p.m. during the "Beauty and the Beasts" promotion that included a triangular gymnastics meet hosted by UC Davis.
WRESTLING: No.21 Cal State Bakersfield 29, UC Davis 13
165 - Christian Arellano (CSUB) fall Michael Font (UCD), 0:52 (CSUB 6-0)
174 - Frank Richmond (UCD) fall Jason Carrasco (CSUB), 1:32 (Tied 6-6)
184 - Brandon Bear (UCD) major dec. Scott O'Rear (CSUB), 16-5
197 - Matt Monteiro (CSUB) fall Evan Hendrix (UCD), 4:58 (CSUB 12-10)
285 - Eric Parker (CSUB) dec. Michael Clarkston (UCD), 9-6 (CSUB 15-10)
125 - Tommy Schurkamp (UCD) dec. Efren Ceballos (CSUB), 8-4
133 - Jack Anaya (CSUB) dec. Cesar Correa (UCD), 5-3 (CSUB 18-13)
141 - Roberto Vargas (CSUB) dec. Jeff Bristol (UCD), 7-5 (CSUB 21-13)
149 - Anthony Baza (CSUB) major dec. Cris Brines (UCD), 10-0
157 - Brian Cobb (CSUB) major dec. Kevin Jones (UCD), 15-3 (CSUB 29-13)