Broc Maffia earned the biggest victory of the night for the Aggies in their victory over Cal State Fullerton. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Jan. 19, 2007
Davis, Calif. - Broc Maffia recorded an improbable victory by fall against No. 14 Wade Sauer in the heavyweight bout to push the momentum back toward the Aggies and ignite their 27-19 come-from-behind victory over Pac-10 rival Cal State Fullerton in front of 371 fans at Hickey Gymnasium on Friday night. Ken Cook pinned Ryan Budd earlier in the match at 174 while Derek Moore capped the Aggie come back with his pin of Nick Blackshaw in the 141 finale.
The victory brings the Aggies' overall dual record to 3-5 this season while they remain undefeated in conference with a 2-0 mark. The Titans drop to 4-5 on the year with a 2-4 mark against Pac-10 schools.
In an exciting match that swayed back and forth, Maffia earned one of the most improbable victories of his Aggie career as he pinned Sauer, who is ranked 6th in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally, in 3:32 from his back. Maffia reversed Sauer from the bottom position in the second period and overpowered his opponent with his back while the crowd roared with delight. After several seconds in this position, Maffia was finally awarded the pin.
"It's the biggest upset of the year," said head coach Lennie Zalesky of the pin. "Anytime you have an unranked guy pin a top-ranked guy like that.. it was just a huge win for our team."
Maffia's pin capped a streak of four-straight fall decisions and helped the Aggies get back into the match after they had dropped four of the first six matches to fall behind,19-9. Morgan Atkinson defended his spot as the No. 1-ranked 149-pounder in the Pac-10, but had to battle Shawn Haratani to earn the 12-6 decision. Alex Darkhovsky was defeated by major decision at 157 as Paul Tice put together a great overall match, 19-5.
Cook started that trend of pins at 174 as he continued his impressive season with a victory by fall over Budd in 4:13. Cook started early with a two-point takedown and continued to ride Budd throughout. Cook earned the pin just over a minute into the second period as he rolled Budd on his back immediately following a two-point takedown.
With the momentum starting to swing in the Aggies' corner, the Titans flipped it back toward themselves with two-straight fall victories at 184 and 197. Ian Murphy, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 13 nationally, battled with Jeff Prentice at 184. Prentice fought back from four points down in the first period and eventually tied it at 4-4 with a two-point takedown. Murphy began the second period with a reverse from the bottom position which eventually led to his pin.
At 197, Eliot Kelly (No. 3 in the Pac-10) was upset by Fullerton's John Drake (No. 6 in the Pac-10). In a low-scoring match, both wrestlers failed to land takedowns during the first two periods and were tied at 2-2 heading into the final period. Kelly chose to start from the top position in the third period and was quickly reversed after he attempted a bold maneuver. Drake gained the advantage and pinned Kelly with his back.
Marcos Orozco and Omar Gaitan earned impressive decisions at 125 and 133, respectively, to give the Aggies a slim 21-19 lead heading into the final bout at 141. Moore earned the match's fifth and final pin in the 141 finale as he made quick work of Blackshaw in 4:07. Moore was dominant the entire match and opened up the second period with a two-point reversal and a two-point near fall before finally pinning his opponent.
"We had two guys out tonight, so to beat a good team like Fullerton is a great accomplishment," said Zalesky. "They're a tough team and it really shows the character of our guys to pull out a victory like that."
The Aggies are back in action next Saturday as they continue conference competition in Bakersfield against the Roadrunners at 7:00 p.m.
UC Davis 27, Cal State Fullerton 19
Hickey Gymnasium, Jan. 19, 2007
149 - No. 12 Morgan Atkinson (CSUF) dec. Shawn Haratani (UC Davis): 12-6
157 - Paul Tice (CSUF) maj. dec. Alex Darkhovsky (UC Davis); 19-5
165 - Dustin Noack (UC Davis) dec. Bryan Tice (CSUF); 9-6
174 - No. 4 Ken Cook (UC Davis) fall Ryan Budd (CSUF); 4:13
184 - No. 13 Ian Murphy (CSUF) fall Jeff Prentice (UC Davis); 3:50
197 - John Drake (CSUF) fall Eliot Kelly (UC Davis); 5:15
285 - Broc Maffia (UC Davis) fall No. 14 Wade Sauer (CSUF); 3:32
125 - Marcos Orozco (UC Davis) dec. Jaime Hernandez (CSUF); 8-4
133 - Omar Gaitan (UC Davis) dec. T.J. Dillashaw (CSUF); 10-7
141 - No. 3 Derek Moore (UC Davis) fall Nick Blackshaw (CSUF); 4:07
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