Mustangs Spoil Senior Night With Come-Back Win Over Aggies

Dustin Noack earned a pin at 165 to lead the Aggies against Cal Poly on Thursday night. (Randy Martin)
Dustin Noack earned a pin at 165 to lead the Aggies against Cal Poly on Thursday night. (Randy Martin)

Feb. 15, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - Chase Pami earned a victory by fall in the 157-pound finale to cap a four-bout Cal Poly winning streak and earn the Mustangs a 21-18 come-from-behind victory Thursday in front of 407 fans on senior night at Hickey Gymnasium.

The Mustangs now stand at 7-9 overall and 5-4 in Pacific-10 competition while the Aggies finish the regular season 8-7 in duals and 6-2 in conference matches.

Dustin Noack was the only Aggie to earn a substantial victory on the night as he pinned Evan Barbre in the 165-pound bout in a quick 1:17.

Cal Poly went on to win five of the next seven matches including three straight to pull within three points heading into the 157 finale. Pami's pin gave the Mustangs the three-point victory. Overall, Cal Poly overcame an 18-6 deficit by winning six of the final eight matches.

UC Davis started the match on a high note as Noack earned his second pin of the year in 1:17 to give the Aggies a 6-0 lead.

Fourth-ranked senior Ken Cook upped the lead to nine points with an 8-3 decision over Steve Gee at 174. Cook scored two takedowns in the first period and added another one in the third while only allowing three escapes. His three minutes of riding time and an escape gave him the other two points.

After a loss at 184 and a forfeit awarded to senior Eliot Kelly at 197, the Aggies led by a score of 15-3. Another Cal Poly win at heavyweight made it 15-6 heading into the 125 bout.

Marcos Orozco earned the last Aggie victory of the night at 125 with his 8-2 decision over Josh Obergon. Leading 2-1 after one period, Orozco reversed his opponent late in the second period and earned a three-point nearfall at the buzzer to go up 7-1. Unable to gain another point in the third while allowing an escape to his opponent, Orozco just missed out on the critical major decision.



The Mustangs would go onto to earn decisions at 133, 141 and 149 before earning the fall at 157. Senior Shawn Haratani fought hard at 149 against Eric Maldonado, and tied things up in the third period with an escape to force sudden-victory overtime. Meldonado scored a takedown early in the overtime to earn the two-point victory, 6-4.

Before the start of the match, seniors Cook, Haratani, Kelly, Omar Gaitan, Derek Moore, Broc Maffia and Jeff Bristol were all honored in a special ceremony.

UC Davis will use the remainder of the week to train and prepare for the upcoming Pac-10 championships, which take place next weekend in Bakersfield.

Cal Poly 21, UC Davis 18
February 15, 2007, Hickey Gym

165 - Dustin Noack (UC Davis) fall Evan Barbre (Cal Poly), 1:47
174 - No. 4 Ken Cook (UC Davis) dec. Stove Gee (Cal Poly), 8-3
184 - Yuki Kalika (Cal Poly) dec. Jeff Prentice (UC Davis), 5-3
197 - Eliot Kelly (UC Davis), Forfeit
285 - No. 16 Cody Parker (Cal Poly) dec. Broc Maffia (UC Davis), 8-4
125 - Marcos Orozco (UC Davis) dec. Josh Obergon (Cal Poly), 8-2
133 - No. 5 Darrell Vasquez (Cal Poly) dec. Omar Gaitan (UC Davis), 7-2
141 - David Christian (Cal Poly) dec. Shawn Brendle (UC Davis), 13-6
149 - Eric Maldonado (Cal Poly) dec. Shawn Haratani (UC Davis), 6-4 (SV)
157 - Chase Pami (Cal Poly) fall Haseeb Sadat (UC Davis), 2:54