Wrestling Rally Falls Short At No. 25 Cal Poly, 18-17

Michael Font had a technical fall win as UC Davis nearly beat Cal Poly on Friday night. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Michael Font had a technical fall win as UC Davis nearly beat Cal Poly on Friday night.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 20, 2004

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - UC Davis won the final four wrestling matches at 25th-ranked Cal Poly on Friday night, nearly erasing an 18-0 deficit, in a hard-luck 18-17 Pacific-10 Conference loss to the Mustangs at Mott Gym.

The defeat drops the Aggies' overall record to 6-8 and their conference mark to 3-5 while Cal Poly improves to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in Pac-10 matches.

Cal Poly won the evening's first six matches by decision to forge an 18-0 advantage heading into the 157-pound matchup between Jeremiah Jarvis and Keith Kroeger. Jarvis, however, dominated the match and led 13-4 in the third period before a pin at the 5:37 mark gave the Aggies their first six team points.

Michael Font then recorded an 11-4 victory over Eric Shortenhaus at 165 to cut the lead in half before a 17-1 technical fall win by Frank Richmond over Joe Brady at 174 brought the Aggies to within four points at 18-14.

Needing a major decision to tie, the Aggies came up just shy in the final match as Brandon Bear recorded n 6-4 win over Ryan Halsey at 184. The match was tied 3-3 in the third period but Bear picked up a three-point near fall with 1:10 remaining for the winning points.

UC Davis lost the first six matches by a total of 14 points, including a tough 5-4 loss by Michael Clarkston against Ralph Garcia in the first bout at 197. Arturo Basulton edged Evan Hendrix 9-5 at 285, Vic Moreno narrowly beat Tommy Schurkamp 3-2 at 125 and Darrel Vasquez beat Derek Moore at 133 as the Mustangs led 12-0.

A 4-1 win by Steve Esparza over Cris Brines at 141 and a 6-3 victory by Matt Cox against Kevin Jones at 149 staked the Mustangs to their 18-0 lead, setting up the Aggies' rally.



UC Davis concludes its dual meet season on Saturday, hosting Wyoming at 7 p.m. at Hickey Gym.

WRESTLING: Cal Poly 18, UC Davis 17
197 - Ralph Garcia (SLO) dec. Michael Clarkston (UCD), 3-0
(SLO leads 3-0)
285 - Arturo Basulto (SLO) dec. Evan Hendrix (UCD), 9-5
(SLO leads 6-0)
125 - Vic Moreno (SLO) dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 3-2
(SLO leads 9-0)
133 - Darrell Vasquez (SLO) dec. Derek Moore (UCD), 6-4
(SLO leads 12-0)
141 - Steve Esparza (SLO) dec. Cris Brines (UCD), 4-1
(SLO leads 15-0)
149 - Matt Cox (SLO) dec. Kevin Jones (UCD), 6-3
(SLO leads 18-0)
157 - Jeremiah Jarvis (UCD) fall over Keith Kroeger (SLO), 5:37
(SLO leads 18-6)
165 - Michael Font (UCD) dec. Eric Shortenhaus (SLO), 11-4
(SLO leads 18-9)
174 - Frank Richmond (UCD) tech fall Joe Brady (SLO), 5:10 (17-1)
(SLO leads 18-14)
184 - Brandon Bear (UCD) dec. Ryan Halsey (SLO), 6-4
(SLO wins 18-17)