Titans Rally For 20-20 Pac-10 Wrestling Tie Against Aggies

Ronnie Silva upset No.18 Jesse Miramontes at 174 on Friday. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Ronnie Silva upset No.18 Jesse Miramontes at 174 on Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 4, 2005

DAVIS, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton won the final three matches Friday evening - two of them by major decision - after UC Davis won five of the first seven as the Titans rallied to tie the Aggies 20-20 in a Pac-10 Conference wrestling match before 326 fans at Hickey Gym.

UC Davis moved to 4-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in conference action while Cal State Fullerton is 13-3-1 and 5-1-1. Ronnie Silva had an 11-3 major decision upset against 18th-ranked Leonel Sanchez at 174 pounds, part of three straight wins for UC Davis which helped stake the Aggies to a 20-6 lead.

However, Landon Seefeldt (197) and #18th-ranked Jesse Miramontes (125) had major decisions sandwiched around a pin by Chris Chambers at heavyweight which propelled Cal State Fullerton to the 20-20 deadlock.

"We wrestled well," said UC Davis coach Lennie Zalesky. "From 133 up to 184, we wrestled extremely well. At the end (though) we wrestled not to get beaten big."

No.13 Derek Moore got the Aggies off to an early lead with a 14-2 major decision against Paul Tice at 133, using four takedowns on his way to the win. Juan Mora then jumped to a 4-0 advantage against the Aggies' Jeff Bristol at 141 and went on to a 6-2 win that made the team score 4-3.

A three-point near fall help take Daniel Murphree to an early 6-2 lead in his 10-4 win over the Titans' Jeff Silva at 149 before Morgan Atikinson's 15-9 win against the Aggies' Jesse Padilla made it 7-6 in favor of UC Davis.

That set the table for three exciting Aggie wins that began with an 11-2 victory by Frank Richmond over Rick Marttinen at 165, a win that started with Richmond scoring the first eight points. Silva then upset Sanchez at 174 after a reversal, three-point near fall, takedown and riding time turned a 3-2 deficit into a crowd-pleasing 11-3 major decision win.



Brandon Bear finished the win streak by nearly pinning Jesse Taylor, instead settling for four takedowns and three near falls in his 17-2 technical fall win which pushed UC Davis' lead to 20-6. Cal State Fullerton, however, rallied down the stretch beginning wih No.9 Landon Seefeldt's 19-6 victory over Reed Shelger at 197.

Broc Maffia was hobbled by an early injury in his heavyweight match against Cal State Fullerton's Chris Chambers, a bout Chambers finished with a pin 1 minute, 45 seconds in. That brought the team score to 20-16 in favor of UC Davis before Miramontes beat Pancho Manriquez 13-5 at 125, getting a key point for riding time which turned his win into a major decision and ended the match in a 20-20 tie.

UC Davis returns to action against No.14 Arizona State on Saturday night at Hickey Gym, beginning at 7 p.m.

133 - Derek Moore (UCD) major dec. Paul Tice (CSF), 14-2
(UCD 4-0)
141 - Juan Mora (CSF) dec. Jeff Bristol (UCD), 6-2
(UCD 4-3)
149 - Daniel Murphree (UCD) dec. Jeff Silva (CSF), 10-4
(UCD 7-3)
157 - Morgan Atkinson (CSF) dec. Jesse Padilla (CSF), 15-9
(UCD 7-6)
165 - Frank Richmond (UCD) major dec. Rick Marttinen (CSF), 11-2
(UCD 11-6)
174 - Ronnie Silva (UCD) major dec. Leonel Sanchez (CSF), 11-3
(UCD 15-6)
184 - Brandon Bear (UCD) tech fall Jesse Taylor (CSF), 17-2
(UCD 20-6)
197 - Landon Seefeldt (CSF) major dec. Reed Shelger (UCD), 19-6
(UCD 20-9)
285 - Chris Chambers (CSF) fall Broc Maffia (UCD), 1:45
(UCD 20-15)
125 - Jesse Miramontes (CSF) major dec. Pancho Manriquez (CSF), 13-5
(Tied 20-20)

UC Davis: 4-3-1, 3-2-1 (Pac-10)
Cal State Fullerton: 13-3-1, 5-1-1 (Pac-10)