Seven Aggies Still Alive After First Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Ken Cook and Derek Moore both went undefeated on the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Championships and will both be competing for conference titles tomorrow. (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
Ken Cook and Derek Moore both went undefeated on the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Championships and will both be competing for conference titles tomorrow. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 26, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. - Derek Moore and Ken Cook will both compete for Pac-10 wrestling titles on Monday evening after going undefeated on Sunday, the first day of the Pac-10 Conference Championships being held at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. Five additional Aggie wrestlers are still in the chase for third place in their respective weight brackets as UC Davis currently holds onto sixth place in the tournament.

No. 2 Moore (141) got the day started with a win over Boise State's Jordan Brock. Moore took the immediate lead in the match with two takedowns and a near-fall in the first period. Moore opened the second period with another early takedown before pinning Brock 4 minutes and 53 seconds into the match. In his evening match-up with No. 3 seed Matt Schumm of Cal State Bakersfield, Moore struck early and held the lead throughout the match taking the 11-3 major decision win which advanced him to Monday evening's championship match versus No. 4 seed Dave Roberts of Cal Poly who Moore defeated in an 18-6 major decision on Feb. 17.

Ken Cook (174), who had not competed since January's dual against Cal State Bakersfield, extended his winning streak to eight straight matches with a win over Ben Gilliland of Boise State. Cook led early with a takedown and a three-point near-fall within the first minute of the match, he followed with a second near-fall less than a minute later. In the second period, Cook struck early and pinned Gilliland three minutes and 29 seconds into the match. Cook finished the day with a 13-4 major decision win over No. 3 seed Christian Arellano of Cal State Bakersfield to advance the 174-pound final against No. 1 seed, Oregon State's Jeremy Larson.

Marcos Orozco lost early in the day in a 125-pound pigtail to Zach Bigboy of Cal State Bakersfield in an 8-2 decision. Orozco dropped into the wrestleback bracket in the afternoon session where he faced Curtis Schurkamp of Cal State Fullerton. Orozco scored on a takedown and near-fall in the first period to take an early 5-0 lead. Schurkamp made a comeback in the second, tying the match following a reversal and near-fall. Orozco scored on a takedown in the fourth and with the addition of a riding time point, he took the 8-6 victory. In Orozco's second wrestleback match of the evening, he took on No. 5 seed Beau Malia of Oregon. Orozco was on the attack from the beginning and pinned Malia in 59 seconds. Orozco will need to defeat No. 3 seed Eric Stevenson of Oregon State on Monday morning to advance to the 125-pound third place match.



Omar Gaitan (133) also faced a loss early in the tournament to No. 3 Scott Jorgeson of Boise State in a 11-6 decision, but Gaitan dominated both of his evening wrestleback matches, taking a 19-9 major decision over Stanford's Eric Minnick followed by an 8-2 decision over John Espinosa of Arizona State. Gaitan will face No. 1 seed Justin Pearch of Oregon tomorrow morning.

Jon Clark, the Aggies 157-pounder, recovered from a 9-3 loss to No. 3 seed Tony Hook of Oregon State by upsetting No. 5 seed Shawn Reilly in the afternoon session. Clark grabbed an early takedown which was matched by Reilly to tie the score at 2-2, but Clark fought back and came away with the 8-4 win. In his next match against Daniel Atondo of Cal State Bakersfield, Clark scored first on a takedown, but toward the end of the third period, the score was tied at 3-3. With 30 seconds left to wrestle, Atondo scored on a takedown followed by a near-fall to take an 8-3 win and eliminate Clark from the tournament.

Senior Jesse Padilla (149) also recovered from a loss in the morning session with an upset win in the evening. Padilla was tied with No. 2 seed Tyler Sherfey of Boise State after the first period, but was unable to pull off the upset victory, instead he took a narrow 6-4 loss. Padilla made a comeback with a 14-2 major decision upset over No. 6 Orlando Perez in the wrestleback bracket. Padilla will wrestle No. 5 seed Morgan Atkinson of Cal State Fullerton tomorrow morning.

No. 4 Frank Richmond (165) opened up action against No. 5 Brian Busby at 165-pounds. Richmond grabbed a takedown less than a minute into the match and Busby followed with an escape to bring the match to 2-1 at the end of the first period. Richmond opened the second period with another takedown, but Busby scored on a reversal followed by a near-fall to lead the match going into the third, 6-4. Richmond tied the match with 47 seconds left to wrestle, but Busby was able to pin Richmond with only 21 seconds remaining in the match to grab the upset. In the wrestleback bracket Richmond faced Oregon's No. 1 Joey Bracamonte, who faced an upset earlier in the day. Bracamonte scored first on a takedown late in the second period but just before the buzzer signaled the end of the period, RIchmond scored a reversal to tie the match at 2-2. Richmond chose the down position at the beginning of the third and scored on a quick escape, but with just three seconds left, Bracamonte scored on a takedown to grab the 4-3 win.

Redshirt freshman, No. 4 Tyler Bernacchi (184) won his first Pac-10 tournament match with a decision over Cal State Bakersfield's Brandon Ceremello in a 6-3 decision. In the following quarter final match, Bernacchi was upset by No. 5 seed Jesse Taylor of Cal State Fullerton in a 8-1 decision. Bernacchi finished the day with an 11-3 major decision win over Oregon State's Kyle Bressler. Bernacchi will face No. 3 seed, Cal Poly's Ryan Hasley, Monday morning.

At 197-pounds, No. 5 seed Eliot Kelly dropped his quarterfinal match-up against No. 4 Casey Phelps of Boise State despite leading for the majority of the match. Phelps scored on a reversal at the end of the match and added a riding time point to his total to take a 7-5 decision. In his final match of the evening, Kelly and Jake Schneider of Portland State remained scoreless for two entire periods before Kelly scored on an escape and took a 1-0 win.

Broc Maffia lost in a pigtail match versus No. 2 Ty Watterson of Oregon State in a 5-1 decision in Sunday's first session. Maffia came back strong in his second match of the day, taking a 3-0 lead in the second period over Matt Methling of Fullerton. Maffia took the 6-2 win by decision over Methling before falling to No. 5 seed Arturo Basulto in the final match of the evening.

The Aggies will continue competition at the Pac-10 Conference Championships at 11 a.m. Monday morning with championship finals being wrestled Monday evening at 6 p.m. in Stanford's Maples Pavilion.

Team Scores (through two sessions): 1. Arizona State, 103; 2. Cal Poly, 90; 3. Cal State Bakersfield, 74; 4. Boise State, 73.5; 5. Oregon State, 70; 6. UC Davis, 64.5; 7. Oregon, 44; 8. Stanford, 37; 9. Cal State Fullerton, 24; 10. Portland State, 1.

UC Davis Individual Results
Marcos Orozco (125) - (Pigtail): lost dec. to Zach Bigboy (CSUB), 8-2; (WB2): won dec. over Curtis Schurkamp (CSUF), 8-6; (WB3): pinned #5 Beau Malia (UO). :59.

#6 Omar Gaitan (133) - (QF): lost dec. to #3 Scott Jorgenson (BSU), 11-6; (WB2): won major dec. over Eric Minnick (STAN), 19-9; (WB3): won dec. over John Espinosa (ASU), 8-2.

#2 Derek Moore (141) - (QF): won by fall over Jordan Brock (BSU),4:53; (SF): 4:23; won major dec. over #3 Matt Schumm (CSUB), 11-3.

Jesse Padilla (149) - (QF): lost dec. to #2 Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 6-4; (WB3): won major dec. #6 Orlando Perez (OSU), 14-2.

Jon Clark (157) - (Pigtail) - lost dec. to #3 Tony Hook (OSU), 9-3; (WB2): won by dec. over #5 Shawn Reilly (CSUF), 9-6; (WB3): lost dec. Daniel Atondo (CSUB), 8-3.

#4 Frank Richmond (165) - (QF): lost by fall to #5 Brian Busby (CSUB), 6:39; (WB3): lost dec. #1 Joey Bracamonte (UO), 4-3.

#2 Ken Cook (174) - (QF): won by fall over Ben Gilliland (BSU), 3:29; (SF): won by major dec. #3 Christian Arellano (CSUB), 13-4.

#4 Tyler Bernacchi (184) - (Pigtail): won dec. Brandon Ceremello (CSUB), 6-3; (QF): lost dec. to #5 Jesse Taylor (CSUF), 8-1; (WB2): won major dec. Kyle Bressler (OSU),11-3.

#5 Eliot Kelly (197) - (QF): lost dec. to #4 Casey Phelps (BSU), 7-5; (WB3): won dec. Jake Schneider (PSU), 1-0.

Broc Maffia (285) - (PIgtail): lost dec. to #2 Ty Watterson (OSU), 5-1; (WB2): won dec. Matt Methling (CSUF), 6-2: (WB3): lost dec. #5 Arturo Basulto (CP), 2-0.

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