Aggies Reach End Of The Road At NCAA Championships

Despite two wins in the championship bracket on Thursday, Ken Cook was unable to pick up a win on Friday, falling one match short of All-American status at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 
Despite two wins in the championship bracket on Thursday, Ken Cook was unable to pick up a win on Friday, falling one match short of All-American status at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 

March 17, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior Ken Cook was unable to recover from his Friday morning loss to No. 2 seed Jake Herbert of Northwestern in the 174-pound quarterfinals as he came up short later in the evening to Penn State's James Younushonis in the consolation bracket at the 2006 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Oklahoma City's Ford Center. Cook ended the tournament one match short of achieving All-American status. Teammate Derek Moore's road at the NCAA championships was cut short early Friday as he medical forfeited a consolation match versus Kevin Artis of UNC-Greensborough, ending his third tournament appearance.

No. 7 seed Cook started Friday off with the tough loss in the quarterfinals to Herbert of Northwestern. Herbert grabbed a takedown in the first 15 seconds of the match to take an early lead and collect over a minute of riding time. Cook scored his first point on an escape which he followed with a takedown, but Herbert scored on a reversal and continued to collect riding time through the rest of the period.

Herbert scored on an escape and takedown in the second period to seal the 10-5 win by decision and forcing Cook into the consolation wrestleback bracket. Next up for Cook in the consolation bracket was Younushonis, who Cook pinned earlier in the season at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Unfortunately this time around Younushonis was not only able to stay off his back, but he also came away with the 7-2 win by decision, edging Cook out of the tournament.

Cook ended the season with an overall record of 24-6, going 23-6 in NCAA countable matches.

No. 8 seeded Moore won his first match on Thursday, but dropped into the 141-pound consolation bracket following a loss by fall to Brandon Rader of West Virginia in the second round. Moore medical forfeited his first consolation round match on Friday to Artis of UNC-Greensborough.

 

 

This was Moore's third NCAA tournament appearance, he had come within one match of All-American status the last two seasons. Moore, who won the Pac-10 title at 141-pounds in February, ends the season with a record of 23-4 overall and 21-4 in NCAA countable matches. Moore's 64 career wins ranks seventh in the UC Davis wrestling record books.

The NCAA tournament will conclude on Saturday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

2006 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS - Day Two
Oklahoma City's Ford Center
UC Davis results only

No. 8 Derek Moore (141) - WB3: med. forfeit to Kevin Artis (UNC-Greensborough).

No. 7 Ken Cook (174) - QF: lost to dec. to No. 2 Jake Herbert (Northwestern), 10-5; WB5: lost dec. to James Yonushonis (Penn State), 7-2.