Ken Cook had a technical fall and two major decisions as one of three Aggies to advance to championship matches. (Randy Martin)
Feb. 24, 2007
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Ken Cook, Derek Moore and Dustin Noack all advanced to the finals in their respective weight divisions and four more Aggie wrestlers earned the right to compete for a third-place finish during the first day of the 2007 Pacific-10 Championships at the Icardo Center on the campus of Cal Sate Bakersfield on Saturday.
UC Davis is currently second overall with 74.5 points, which puts them within striking distance of front-runner Oregon State's 92 points.
Fourth-ranked Cook had the most dominate first day as the only Aggie to wrestle three times without a first round bye. Despite the extra match, Cook rolled his way to the finals with a major decision over Bakersfield's Garth Wara (15-2); a technical fall over Arizona State's Rick Renzi and another major decision over Luke Feist of Stanford (14-2). He will wrestle Jeremy Larson of Oregon State tomorrow in the championship match for the second straight year. These two wrestlers met in the championship match last season with Cook prevailing.
After sitting out the last month with an injury, third-ranked Moore continued were he left off as he rolled to the finals of the 141-pound division with a pin of Matt Kim of Stanford in 2:28 and a 9-2 decision over Bakersfield's Matt Schumm. He will meet Oregon's Justin Pearch in tomorrow's championships match.
Noack is the third Aggie still alive for a championship as he adavanced to the 165-pound division championship with a pin over Jack McCoy of Oregon in 3:56 and a major decision over Johnny Nunez of Boise State. He faces top-ranked Patrick Piach of Arizona State in tomorrow's championship.
Marcos Orozco at 125, Omar Gaitan at 133, Shawn Haratani at 149 and Eliot Kelly at 197 all earned at least one victory on the first day to stave off elimination and continue to stay in continue to earn a top-three finish.
Both Orozco and Gaitan won their first matches before dropping to the consolation brackets with losses in their second match. Orozco faces Brandon Zoetewey of Cal State Bakersfield for a chance to advance to the third-place match. Gaitans faces Joey Lucas of Oregon for a shot at the third-place match.
Kelly dropped his first match of the day, but rebounded with a 16-0 technical fall and a default win to stay alive. Kelly can advance to the third-place match with a win over Jason Trulson of Arizona State.
Haratani also rebounded from an opening loss with victory by fall that keeps him alive for an NCAA birth. Haratani faces Jimmy McLaughlin of Oregon tomorrow for a chance to advance to the third-place match.
With three wrestlers already guaranteed a spot at the NCAA Championships, the Aggies have a chance to make history as they have never qualified more than four wrestlers for nationals.
Tomorrow's action begins with consolation and 5th-place matches at 11 a.m. while the finals and third-place matches will take place at 6 p.m.
Pacific-10 Championships, Day One
(UC Davis Only)
Marcos Orozco (125) -won dec. Ryan Dunn (ORE), 8-7; lost dec. to Tanner Gardner (CSF), 6-3.
Omar Gaitan (133) - won dec. Thomas Kimbrell (CSB), 9-3; lost dec. Bobby Pfennings (OSU), 4-3.
Derek Moore (141) - pinned Matt Kim (STAN), 2:28; won dec. Matt Schumm (CSB), 9-4.
Shawn Haratani (149) - lost dec. Derek Kipperberg (OSU), 8-3; pinned Joe Vanaman (PSU), 4:22.
Jon Clark (157) - lost dec. Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 5-0; lost dec. Keegan Davis (OSU) 3-2.
Dustin Noack (165) - won fall Jack McCoy (ORE), 3:56; won maj. dec. Johnny Nunez (15-3).
Ken Cook (174) - won maj. dec. Garth Wara (CSB), 15-2; won tech. fall Rick Renzi (ASU), 18-3; won maj. dec. Luke Feist (STAN), 14-2.
Jeff Prentice (184) - lost dec. Yuri Kalika, 10-4; lost dec. Kyle Bressler (OSU), 2-0.
Eliot Kelly (197) - lost fall Travis Gardner (OSU), 5:11; won tech. fall Keena Washington (PSU), 16-0; won default Matt Casperson (BSU).
Broc Maffia (285) - lost dec. Ty Watterson (OSU), 4-1; lost maj. dec. Wade Sauer (CSF), 11-3.
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