Fresno State Wrestles By Aggies, 32-8

Urijah Faber won his seventh straight match with his victory on Friday. <br> (Mark Honbo, UC Davis Sports Information)
Urijah Faber won his seventh straight match with his victory on Friday.
(Mark Honbo, UC Davis Sports Information)

Jan. 31, 2003

DAVIS, Calif. - Fresno State captured wins in all but two matches Friday night as the Bulldogs beat UC Davis, 32-8, in a collegiate wrestling match at Hickey Gym.

UC Davis lost its second dual in as many days, dropping to 6-6 overall, while Fresno State won its second match of the day and improved to 8-4 overall. The Bulldogs earlier beat San Francisco State, 28-10.

The Aggies earned their two wins at the lower weights as 125-pounder Tommy Shurkamp and 133-pounder Urijah Faber each recorded major decisions. Schurkamp beat the Bulldogs' Sal Gonzales, 11-3, while Faber beat Ben Martinez, 12-3. Shurkamp improved his record to 12-9 overall, while Faber won for the seventh straight time and is 25-7.

A pin by Eddie Gifford in the first round against 174-pounder Shannan Sams in the dual's first bout gave the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead, while Greg Gifford's 12-7 win against the Aggies' Ronnie Silva at 184 made it 9-0. An injury default win by Marcio Botelho at 197 and an 8-1 decision by heavyweight Clint Walbeck over UC Davis' Jason Paul made the score 18-0 before Schurkamp and Faber put the Aggies on the board.

Leading 18-8, the Bulldogs padded their lead with wins by Zhon Kuraspediani at 149, Jim Medeiros at 157 and Ben Baca at 165, along with a major decision by Casey Olson at 141. Kuraspediani and Medeiros each had close victories, with Kuraspediani edging Nick Davis, 10-9, after the wrestlers were tied 6-6 entering the final round, and Medeiros holding off Frank Richmond, 13-11.

UC Davis returns to action on Saturday at the All-California Collegiate Invitational, being hosted by San Francisco State.

174 - Eddie Gifford (FS) fall Shannan Sams (UCD), 2:36
184 - Greg Gifford (FS) dec. Ronnie Silva (UCD), 12-7
197- Marcio Botelho (FS) inj. def. Michael Clarkston (UCD)
285 - Cint Walbeck (FS) dec. Jason Paul, 8-1 (UCD)
125 - Tommy Schurkamp (UCD) maj. dec. Sal Gonzales (FS), 11-3
133 - Urijah Faber (UCD) major dec. Ben Martinez (FS), 12-3
141 - Casey Olson (FS) maj. dec. Cris Brines (UCD), 8-0
149 - Zhon Kuraspediani (FS) dec. Nick Davis (UCD), 10-9
157 - Jim Medeiros (FS) dec. Frank Richmond (UCD), 13-11
165 - Ben Baca (FS) maj. dec. Jesse Fouch (UCD), 14-5