Aggies Upset No. 19 Oregon State To Take Over Top Spot in Pac-10

Dustin Noack reacts after earning his first fall victory of the season.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
Dustin Noack reacts after earning his first fall victory of the season. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 2, 2007

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Dustin Noack recorded a pin at 165 pounds and the Aggie wrestling team won every close match to upset 19th-ranked and previously unbeaten Pac-10 foe Oregon State, 21-11, in front of 1,052 at The Pavilion on Friday night.

The Aggies improve their overall record to 6-5 while they remain as the only undefeated Pac-10 school with a 5-0 record. The Beavers are now 13-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference duals.

UC Davis jumped out a 19-point lead by winning five straight matches and wrapped up the victory after an amazing decision by Eliot Kelly at 197. The Beavers were penalized one point during the 157-pound match and thus had minus-one point heading into the 165 pound bout.

Noack earned his first pin of the season against Dan Brascetta as he continues to solidify himself as the No. 2 165-pounder in the Pac-10. The victory was Noack's 14th of the season and he is now 6-1 against Pac-10 schools.

Derek Moore, ranked third nationally and No. 1 in the Pac-10, started things off for the Aggies at 141 as he was matched against second-ranked Pac-10 wrestler Kyle Larson. Moore scored a two-point takedown to start the match, but was quickly reversed as the match evened at 2-2. Moore then reversed Larson to jump back up, 4-2. An escape followed by another two-point takedown from Moore to start the second period and the riding time point capped the scoring and gave Moore his 16th straight victory of the year, 8-2.

Shawn Haratani capped a stellar day at 149 as he claimed an 8-7 victory over the third-ranked Pac-10 wrestler, Derek Kipperberg. Haratani scored a two-point reversal with three seconds remaining in the third period and then earned another two-point near fall at the buzzer to claim the win.

 

 

Jon Clark gained another close victory for the Aggies at 157 as he upset 5th-ranked Pac-10 wreslter Keegan Davis, 2-1. Clark earned a one-point escape in the second period and was later awared another point after Davis committed an unsportsmanlike penalty. The Beavers were also stripped of a team point for Davis' actions.

Ken Cook, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally, battled the second-ranked Pac-10 and 18th nationally ranked Jeremy Larson at 174. Both wrestlers split two previous meetings this season. The two battled back and forth throughout the bout before Larson gained a slim 7-6 lead with under a minute reaming. With time dwindling down, Cook scored an incredible two-point takedown with eight seconds remaining to win by one point, 8-7, in a wild match.

Kelly's win at 197 was even more incredible as he rebounded from several deficits and eventually scored a two-point reversal with three seconds remaining in the match to force overtime. In the sudden-victory overtime, Kelly gained the advantage right away and scored a reversal to lock up the win.

The Beavers would go onto to win the remaining three matches to make the final score 21-11.

"That was one an incredible win for our guys," said UC Davis head coach Lennie Zalesky. "They've (Oregon State) just been rolling over teams and we had to win every close match to beat them. I'd say that was probably our best performance all season."

When asked about beating his younger brother for the first time as a head coach, Lennie stated: "It feels pretty good to finally get one against him, but I'm happier about beating a good team like that."

The Aggies are back in action tomorrow night as they host another Pac-10 dual with Portland State at 7 p.m. in Hickey Gymnasium.

Oregon State 11 vs. UC Davis 21
The Pavilion, February 2, 2007

141 - Derek Moore (UC Davis) dec. Kyle Larson (OSU), 8-2
149 - Shawn Haratani (UC Davis) dec. Derek Kipperberg (OSU), 8-7
157 - Jon Clark (UC Davis) dec. Keegan Davis (OSU), 2-1 (-1 team pt. from OSU for penalty)
165 - Dustin Noack (UC Davis) fall Dan Brascetta (OSU), 1:40
174 - Ken Cook (UC Davis) dec. Jeremy Larson (OSU), 7-6
184 - Kyle Bressler (OSU) dec. Tyler Bernacchi, 10-5
197 - Eliot Kelly (UC Davis) dec. Travis Gardner (OSU), 9-7 (sudden victory)
285 - Ty Watterson (OSU) dec. Broc Maffia (UC Davis), 7-3
125 - Eric Stevenson (OSU) dec. Marcos Orozco (UC Davis), 3-0
133 - Bobby Pfennings (OSU) dec. Omar Gaitan (UC Davis), 6-2