Aggies Earn Sixth Straight Pac-10 Win With Shutout Over Portland State

Omar Gaitan scored a victory by fall at 133 to lead UC Davis to a shutout of Portland State on Saturday.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Omar Gaitan scored a victory by fall at 133 to lead UC Davis to a shutout of Portland State on Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 3, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - Omar Gaitan scored a fall at 133 pounds; Eliot Kelly earned a technical fall at 197; Ken Cook and Shawn Haratani scored major decisions at 174 and 149, respectively, and the UC Davis wrestling team shutout Portland State, 40-0, at Hickey Gymnasium on Saturday night in front of 125 fans to push their Pacific-10 winning streak to six.

With the win, the Aggies move to 7-5 in dual meets and are a perfect 6-0 against conference competition. The Vikings are now 1-14 overall and 0-5 in the Pac-10.

After Marcos Orozco was awarded the forfeit win at 125, Gaitan scored his fourth pin of the season as he took down Westley Moniz in 1:23. The victory pushes Gaitan's overall record this season to 14-7 while he is 11-6 against Pac-10 competition.

Wrestling in only his third dual of the season, Kyle Bank picked up his second Pac-10 win and fifth overall with a tight 12-11 decision over Greg Einerson at 141. Bank scored a two-point reversal and a three-point near fall at the tail end of the third period to sneak out with the victory. Einerson had over two minutes of riding time to earn the extra point.

Haratani completed a perfect 3-0 weekend with a major decision over Joe Vanaman at 149. Haratani scored eight points in the final period behind three takedowns and a two-point near fall to run away with the match, 20-7, and push his win total to 11 on the season and five in conference.

Vince Durant moved up to 157 for the second consecutive night and won the first official NCAA match of his young career with a 9-5 decision over Steven Dailey. Durant trailed 4-3 heading into the third period, but was able to score an escape, takedown and two-point near fall in the 9-5 victory. He also got the riding point with over one minute on top.



Dustin Noack also completed a perfect 3-0 weekend as he earned a 10-3 decision over Dale Seley at 165, which pushes his overall record this year to 15-7 and 12-6 in conference. After a scoreless first half, Noack converted two takedowns and an escape in the second period and two more takedowns in the third. He also gained the riding point.

Fourth-ranked Cook dominated his match with Brian Lemmon at 174 to cap his perfect 3-0 weekend. Cook scored four takedowns in the first; two more over the next two periods, and had over three minutes of riding time to earn the 14-5 major decision. Cook is now 18-3 against both NCAA and Pac-10 opponents this year.

Tyler Bernacchi recorded a three-point near fall in the first period against Jake Schneider at 184 and rode that to a 9-5 decision. Bernacchi reversed Schneider in the second and scored another takedown in the third to earn his eighth win of the season and seventh in conference.

Kelly becomes the first Aggie to gain 20 victories this season as he routed Keena Washington in a 20-5 technical fall. Kelly scored two three-point near falls and a two-point near fall in the first period, and had four takedowns in the second to end the match in 4:23. He is now 18-7 in conference.

The most interesting match of the night came in the heavyweight finale, as Broc Maffia battled Zack Smith into triple overtime. Maffia scored the first point of the match off an escape to start the second period. Smith countered in the third period with an escape of his own. The two then battled scoreless through two overtime periods before Maffia earned another escape in the opening seconds of the third overtime to earn the 2-1 victory - his 11th overall and seventh in conference.

"It was a great weekend overall for us," said head coach Lennie Zalesky. "To beat Oregon and Oregon State yesterday, and come back and shutout this team tonight is outstanding. I was also pleased that our younger guys got some time tonight and picked up victories."

The shutout is the Aggies' first since they defeated Portland State by a score of 48-0 during the 2004 season. Boise State also shutout the Vikings earlier this season in Oregon City, Ore.

The Aggies will look to continue their undefeated streak in the Pac-10 as they travel to Idaho and Utah for duals with Boise State and Utah Valley State next weekend. The dual with Boise is Friday at 4 p.m. while the Utah Valley dual will take place Saturday at 1 p.m.

UC Davis also sent a handful of wrestlers down to San Francisco to compete in the All-California Tournament at San Francisco State. Francisco Manriquez at 125 and Jeff Prentice at 174 were the two Aggie place-winners as they both captured third with 3-1 records.

Manriquez gained a major decision over Menlo's Gabriel Rodriguez in the opening round and rebounded from an 8-7 loss to Bakersfield's Brandon Zoelwecy with a 10-2 major decision over Pierro Bondoc and a 9-5 decision over Zack Bigboy of Bakersfield in the third-place match.

After a bye round, Prentice majored Jon Sanchez in the second round, 13-1, and then lost to Garth Wara, 10-8, to move to the consolation bracket. From there he pinned Roy Goodhart in 1:39 and defeated Mark Savelle, 11-4, in the third-place match.

Portland State 0 vs. UC Davis 40
Hickey Gymnasium, February 3, 2007

125 - Marcos Orozco (UC Davis), Forfeit
133 - Omar Gaitan (UC Davis) fall Westley Moniz (PSU), 1:23
141 - Kyle Bank (UC Davis) dec. Greg Einerson (PSU), 12-11
149 - Shawn Haratani (UC Davis) maj. dec. Joe Vanaman (PSU), 20-7
157 - Vince Durant (UC Davis) dec. Steven Dailey (PSU), 9-5
165 - Dustin Noack (UC Davis) dec. Dale Seley (PSU), 10-3
174 - No. 4 Ken Cook (UC Davis) maj. dec. Brian Lemmon (PSU), 14-5
184 - Tyler Bernacchi (UC Davis) dec. Jake Schneider (PSU), 9-5
197 - Eliot Kelly (UC Davis) tech. fall Keena Washington (PSU), 20-5
285 - Broc Maffia (UC Davis) dec. Zack Smith (PSU), 2-1

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