Aggies Derek Moore and Ken Cook each won a Pac-10 title Monday night and helped UC Davis to a sixth place team finish. (Photo by Randy Martin)
Feb. 27, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. - Derek Moore and Ken Cook captured their first ever Pac-10 conference titles along with berths to the national championship on Monday evening at Stanford's Maples Pavilion as Moore took a 8-1 decision over Dave Roberts of Cal Poly in the 141-pound championship match which was followed by Cook's 9-1 major decision win over Oregon State's Jeremy Larson at 174-pounds. The Aggies placed sixth overall and for the third consecutive season will send four wrestlers to the NCAA tournament with Omar Gaitan and Tyler Bernacchi each earning wild card berths.
In the 141-pound championship match against Dave Roberts of Cal Poly, Moore scored first with a takedown in the first minute to lead 2-0 at the end of the first period. Moore grabbed another takedown in the second followed by an escape to further his lead to 5-0 going into the final period. In the third, Moore collected his third takedown early and at the end of the match he had collected over four minutes of riding time to take the 8-1 decision and to become the second Pac-10 title winner in UC Davis history. Current Aggie assistant coach Jeremiah Jarvis was the first UC Davis wrestler to capture a Pac-10 title in 2003.
With the win, Moore earned his third consecutive berth to the NCAA tournament. Moore came within one match of All-American status during both of his previous NCAA appearances.
Cook opened the 174-pound championship match with a takedown over Jeremy Larson of Oregon State halfway through the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. Cook chose the down position at the beginning of the second period and with little delay was able to score on an escape followed by another takedown with 27 seconds left in the period to bring his lead to 5-0 heading into the final period. Cook's third takedown came 35 seconds into the third and it was followed by a penalty point in his favor. Larson scored his lone point on an escape, but Cook had several minutes of riding time and took the 9-1 major decision and the Pac-10 title.
Cook will ride a ten match winning streak into his first ever NCAA tournament appearance.
In the first match-up of the morning session, redshirt freshman Marcos Orozco faced the No. 3 seed, Eric Stevenson of Oregon State in a 125-pound semifinal pairing. The match was scoreless when Stevenson managed to pin Orozco exactly two minutes into the match.
In his fifth place match, Orozco faced Boise State's Cory Fish who he had lost to in 3-0 decision earlier in February. Fish opened up the scoring with a takedown in the first period and followed with another in the second and added a couple minutes of riding time to take a 5-0 decision and the fifth place finish.
No. 6 seed junior Gaitan wrestled No. 1 seed Justin Pearch of Oregon in the consolation semifinals. Pearch scored on a takedown within the first two minutes of the match and Gaitan managed to counter with an escape to trail 2-1 after the first period. At the beginning of the third, the score was tied at 4-4, but Gaitan scored on a couple of takedowns in the final minutes of the match and held the lead, coming away with a 10-7 decision and a place in the 133-pound third place match-up.
Gaitan faced No. 2 seed Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly in the 133-pound third place match. After the first three-minute period Gaitan trailed by only one point, but Vasquez extended the lead to three points at the end of the second. Vasquez used a takedown and riding time to seal the 8-3 decision and take third place.
Since Gaitan had previously lost to fifth place finisher Bobby Pfennigs of Oregon State earlier in the season, the two wrestled to determine which was the true fourth place finisher. Gaitan trailed early in the match but was able to defend his fourth place finish with a 6-5 decision and was granted a wildcard berth into the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
In the 149-pound consolation semifinals, senior Jesse Padilla dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 5 seed Morgan Atkinson of Cal State Fullerton. Padilla then faced No. 4 seed Patrick Payne of Arizona State in the fifth place match-up. Padilla scored first on a takedown late in the first period to lead 2-0 going into the second. Padilla then scored on a reversal with 45 seconds left in the second. Payne scored his first point of the match on an escape at the beginning of the third period but Padilla countered with two more takedowns in the final minutes of the match to take a 8-2 decision and the fifth place finish.
At 184-pounds all that stood between No. 4 redshirt freshman Bernacchi and the third place match was No. 3 seed Ryan Hasley of Cal Poly. Hasley had a takedown within the first minute to take the early lead but Bernacchi mustered a reversal followed by a Hasley escape. At the beginning of the third period Bernacchi trailed 2-4, but in the third he took control with an escape, takedown and near-fall to take the 8-4 win.
In his third place match against Jesse Taylor of Cal State Fullerton, Taylor struck quickly and had a 7-0 lead at the end of the second period. Taylor grabbed one more takedown and a riding time point at the end of the third to take the 10-1 major decision win giving Bernacchi the fourth place finish in his first Pac-10 tournament. Bernacchi is the second Aggie wild card pick for the NCAA Championships.
In the last of the Aggies' consolation semifinal matches, the Aggies' 197-pounder junior Eliot Kelly was unable to overcome Dan Pitsch of Oregon State, dropping a 9-4 decision. Kelly's last match-up of the tournament was against the No. 6 seed Chris Chambers of Cal State Fullerton. Chambers scored on a takedown and near-fall in the first quarter as Kelly managed an escape, but Chambers continued to dominate the match and took the eventual 12-2 major decision and fifth place finish.
"It has been wonderful. We went from having only one Pac-10 title winner in the history of the program to having two in one year and it is great to have four guys going to nationals which ties with our highest number. Overall it was a pretty good tournament. I am a disappointed that Frank Richmond won't be advancing, but he had a tough tournament, facing the first seed and a guy that ended up in finals," said head coach Lennie Zalesky.
"We had some great performances by Padilla and Orozco who both came in unseeded and were able to place. Also to win convincingly in two finals was a great way to end the tournament."
Moore, Cook, Gaitan and Bernacchi will all compete in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships being held in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mar. 16-18.
2006 Pac-10 Conference Championships
Hosted by Stanford University - Maples Pavilion
Team Finishes: 1. Arizona State, 118; 2. Cal Poly, 115.5; 3. Boise State, 97; 4. Oregon State, 93; 5. Cal State Bakersfield, 85; 6. UC Davis, 78.5; 7. Stanford, 54.5; 8. Oregon, 49; 9. Cal State Fullerton, 41.5; 10. Portland State, 1.
UC Davis Individual Results
125 - #3 Eric Stevenson (OSU) pinned Marcos Orozco (UCD), 2:00
133 - #6 Omar Gaitan (UCD) won dec. over #1 Justin Pearch (UO), 10-7
149 - #5 Morgan Atkinson (CSUF) won major dec. over Jesse Padilla (UCD), 9-1
184 - #4 Tyler Bernacchi (UCD) won dec. over #3 Ryan Halsey (CP), 8-4
197 - #3 Dan Pitsch (OSU) won dec. over #5 Eliot Kelly (UCD), 9-4
125 - #6 Cory Fish (BSU) won dec. over Marcos Orozco (UCD), 5-0
149 - Jesse Padilla (UCD) won dec. over #4 Patrick Payne (ASU), 8-2
197 - #6 Chris Chambers (CSUF) won major dec. over # 5 Eliot Kelly (UCD), 12-2
125 - #2 Chad Mendez (CP) won dec. over #4 Tanner Gardner (STAN), 7-4
133 - #3 Scott Jorgeson (BSU) won dec. over #5 Tommy Vargas (CSUB), 4-0
141 - #2 Derek Moore (UCD) won dec. over #4 Dave Roberts (CP), 8-1
149 - #1 Anthony Baza (CSUB) won dec. over #2 Tyler Sherfey (BSU), 7-3
157 - #1 Ben Cherrington (BSU) pinned #2 Brian Stith (ASU), 6:21
165 - #1 Patrick Pitsch (ASU) won dec. over #5 Brian Busby (CSUB), 7-5
174 - #2 Ken Cook (UCD) won major dec. over #1 Jeremy Larson (OSU), 9-1
184 - #1 Shane Webster (UO) won major dec. over #2 C.B. Dolloway (ASU), 24-11
197 - #1 Ryan Bader (ASU) won dec. over #2 Matt Monteiro (CP), 3-0
285 - #1 Cain Velasquez (ASU) won dec. #2 Ty Watterson (OSU), 5-1
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