Aggies' Pac-10 Winning Streak Snapped By Boise State

Eliot Kelly was one of five Aggies to earn decisions against Boise State on Friday.  (Randy Martin)
Eliot Kelly was one of five Aggies to earn decisions against Boise State on Friday. (Randy Martin)

Feb. 9, 2007

BOISE, Idaho - Fifth-ranked Andy Patrick earned a 14-5 major decision in the heavyweight finale to snap UC Davis' six match winning streak and cap Boise State's 20-15 victory over the Aggies in a Pac-10 dual in front of 2,529 fans at Taco Bell Arena on Friday afternoon. Despite wining five of the matches, Boise State was able to earn the five-point victory with two major decisions and a victory by fall.

The Aggies are now 7-6 overall in duals and 6-1 in Pac-10 play while the Broncos improve to 9-3 overall and 5-2 in conference.

The Broncos opened the match with a major decision at 125 to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. Omar Gaitan made the score 4-3 with his 7-3 decision over Levi Jones. Boise State then reeled off decisions at 141 and 157 and a fall at 149 to run its lead to 16-3 heading into the middle bouts.

UC Davis then rolled off wins in four straight matches to cut the Broncos' lead to 16-15 heading into the final heavyweight bout. Dustin Noack got the Aggie run started at 165 as he earned a 5-2 decision over Johnny Nunez to run his record to 16-7 and 7-1 against conference opponents. With the score tied after two periods, Noack scored a two-point reversal in the third and was given the one-minute riding time point to earn the victory.

Ken Cook followed with a high-scoring 15-11 decision over Nate Lee at 174 to run his record to 19-3 and 9-1 against Pac-10 opponents. Cook never trailed and held a 7-0 lead after the first period following a two-point nearfall. Lee mounted a late comeback, but was too far behind to overcome Cook's huge lead.

Tyler Bernacchi also had to battle at 184 as he came out on top of a 7-5 decision over Luke Smith. Smith scored a two-point reversal in the third period to tie the score at 5-5, but Bernacchi earned an escape point with just 12 seconds remaining and tacked on another point for the riding time. The win was Bernacchi's tenth this season.



Eliot Kelly rounded out the Aggie run at 197 as he earned a tight 5-4 decision over Matt Casperson behind a dramatic two-point reversal with only eight seconds remaining. Kelly continues to lead the Aggies in wins with 21 total and nine against conference foes.

"We didn't perform that well tonight," said head coach Lennie Zalesky. "We knew coming in that Boise State would be tough and we would have to perform well in every match. We'll see these guys again as we head into Pac-10's."

UC Davis is back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Orem, Utah to take on Utah Valley State. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

UC Davis 15, Boise State 20
February 9, 2007, Bronco Gym

125 - Cory FIsh (Boise State) maj. dec. Marcos Orozco (UC Davis), 10-0
133 - Omar Gaitan (UC Davis) dec. Levi Jones (Boise State), 7-3
141 - Jeff Newby (Boise State) dec. Shawn Brendle (UC Davis), 3-1
149 - Cam Jones (Boise State) fall Shawn Haratani (UC Davis), 3:57
157 - Tyler Sherfy (Boise State) dec. Jon Clark (UC Davis), 6-0
165 - Dustin Noack (UC Davis) dec. Johnny Nunez (Boise State), 5-2
174 - No. 4 Ken Cook (UC Davis) dec. Nate Lee (Boise State), 15-11
184 - Tyler Bernacchi (UC Davis) dec. Luke Smith (Boise State), 7-5
197 - Eliot Kelly (UC Davis) dec. Matt Casperson (Boise State), 5-4
285 - No. 5 Andy Patrick (Boise State) maj. dec. Broc Maffia (UC Davis), 14-5