Trio Of Aggies Place At California Collegiate Wrestling Invite

Eliot Kelly posted a major decision over Fresno State's Jatinder Singh to advance to the 184-pound title match at the California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Saturday.
 
Eliot Kelly posted a major decision over Fresno State's Jatinder Singh to advance to the 184-pound title match at the California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational Saturday.
 

Feb. 5, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Sophomore Eliot Kelly advanced to the championship match of the 184-pound bracket to lead a trio of UC Davis place-winners at the California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational at San Francisco State Saturday. The Aggies finished sixth in the tournament with 47.5 points, despite having just a three-man contingent.

After beating Stanford's Mark Egesdal, 7-5, in the quarterfinals, Kelly bested Fresno State's Jatinder Singh in a 11-2 decision in the semis. He eventually lost to David O'Brien of Southern Oregon in the title bout.

UC Davis 133-pounder David Espinosa and 141-pounder Omar Gaitan each had third-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Espinosa defeated S.F. State's Alex Butler, 7-2, in his third-place matchup; while Gaitan topped Zach Flake of Lassen College in an 8-5 bout. Gaitan shutout Menlo's Tony Martinez, 7-0, to advance to the third-place match.

Fresno State won the tournament with a total of 161.5 points while Cal St. Bakersfield took a close second at 146.0.

UC Davis wrestling also hosts a Pac-10 Conference dual against Arizona State tonight at 7 p.m.

ALL-CALIFORNIA INVITATIONAL
San Francisco State University

David Espinosa (133) - lost fall Pablo Sanchez (Menlo), 4:41; won dec. Giarett Eller (Colo. Mines), 4-3; won dec. Alex Butler (SFSU), 7-2 (3rd place).

Omar Gaitan (141) - won major dec. John Henworth (Menlo), 16-2' lost dec. Zach Flake (Lassen CC), 11-5; won tech fall Brandon Barrett (Lassen CC), 23-7; won major dec. Jeff Johnson(SFSU), 12-4; won dec. Tony Martinez (Menlo), 7-0; won dec. Zach Flake (Lassen CC), 8-5. (3rd place).

ELLIOT KELLY (184) - won dec. Mark Eqesdal (Stanford), 7-5; won major dec. Jatinder Singh (Fresno St.), 11-2; lost dec. David O'Brien (So. Oregon), 8-5. (2nd place)