Cesar Correa competes during Saturday's Aggie Open.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Jan. 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Brandon Bear beat Stanford's John Garfinkel 7-1 on Saturday evening at Recreation Hall, claiming the 184-pound championship and leading six UC Davis placewinners at the 18th annual Aggie Wrestling Open.
The tournament attracted approximately 200 wrestlers representing more than a dozen schools as well as local clubs and open competitors. No team scores were kept.
Fourth-place finishes for UC Davis were claimed by 141-pounder Jeff Bristol, 174-pounder Frank Richmond and 197-pounder Ronnie Silva. Cesar Correa finished fifth at 133 pounds while Kevin Jones was sixth at 149.
Garfinkel was one of five Stanford wrestlers to earn berths in the championship round and the only one to not come away with a title. Tommy Gardner (125), Brad Metzler (141), Luis Vendrell (149) and Matt Gentry (157) each went undefeated during Saturday's competition, winning championships.
Bear provided the Aggies' biggest highlight, scoring a takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead, adding another takedown and an escape in the second for a 5-0 advantage, and then finishing the win with a third takedown in the final period. Bear is currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10 while Garfinkel is fifth.
Bear beat Kyle Kleinschmidt of UC San Diego and Casey Phelps of Boise State to earn a berth in the finals.
"There were some tough wrestlers in his weight class and he beat some tough guys," said UC Davis coach Lennie Zalesky. "He's always had a great agressive mentality and he's always been well-conditioned. Now he's starting to mix in the technical aspects.
Bristol went 3-2 at 141, including a pin against J.D. Gould of Boise State in his opener. Richmond won his first two bouts at 174 before losing to eventual champion Shane Webster. He rebounded to edge Ryan Hagen of Stanford 2-1, earning a spot in the third-place match.
Silva posted a pin and major decision early at 197 pounds and eventually advanced to the third-place final but was pinned by Jake Leair of Oregon in the first period. Correa had a busy day at 133, winning his first three matches before being dropped into the consolation bracket by Jamie Hernandez of Cal State Fullerton. Kevin Jones also won his first three bouts for UC Davis - all of them by decision - but was finally defeated by Vendrell in the 149-pound weight class.
UC Davis had 13 wrestlers compete in the tournament. The Aggies return to action on Friday with a 7 p.m. match against San Francisco State at the Concord Youth Center.
2004 AGGIE OPEN
Championship matches only
125 - Tanner Gardner (Stanford) major dec. Richard Byrd (ERAU), 8-0
133 - Scott Jorgensen (Boise St.), dec. Joe Stewart (Fresno St.), 11-5
141 - Brad Metzler (Stanford) dec. David Roberts (Cal Poly), 6-0
149 - Luis Vendrell (Stanford) default Ray Blake (unattached)
157 - Matt Gentry (Stanford) dec. Gerry Abas (Fresno St.), 9-3
165 - Mark Perry (Iowa) dec. Luke Larwin (Oregon), 8-1
174 - Shane Webster (unattached) dec. Eddie Gifford (Fresno State), 8-4
184 - Brandon Bear (UC Davis) dec. John Garfinkel (Stanford), 7-1
197 - K.C. Walsh (Boise State) dec. Marcus Botelho (Fresno State), 11-5
285 - Clint Walbeck (Fresno St.) dec. Jacob McGinnis (Boise St.)
UC Davis records
125 - Virgil Moorehead, Jr. (1-2)
133 - David Espinosa (1-2)
133 - Cesar Correa (4-2)
141 - Sean Haratani (1-2)
141 - Jeff Bristol (3-2)
149 - Kevin Jones (3-3)
174 - Frank Richmond (3-2)
174 - Daniel Price (3-2)
184 - Brandon Bear (3-0)
184 - Elliot Kelly (1-2)
197 - Michael Clarkston (0-2)
197 - Ronnie Silva (3-2)
197 - Evan Hendrix (0-2)
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