March 18, 2004
Official NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Website
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -
Senior Jeremiah Jarvis (157 pounds) and freshman Derek Moore (133 pounds) both rebounded from first-round losses to top-seeded wrestlers with wins in the consolation bracket Thursday night and remain in contention for All-America honors after the first day of the 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Savvis Center.
Tommy Schurkamp (125) and Brandon Bear (184) each lost two matches on Thursday and were eliminated from their first trips to the national championship tournament. Oklahoma State has 30 points and holds a two-point lead over Illinois after the first of three days of competition. UC Davis is tied for 54th with 2.5 points.
Jarvis and Moore both drew No.1 seeds in their opening matches but Jarvis nearly pulled the major upset. He led unbeaten Alex Tirapelle of Illinois by a 3-2 score with 20 seconds remaining before Tirapelle scored a takedown. Tirapelle - NCAA runner-up last season - was then able to pin Jarvis with just 11 seconds remaining to win the match to improve to 31-0. Jarvis scored early in the match and didn't trail into the final seconds.
Jarvis, the Aggies' first-ever three-time national qualifier, came back to beat Brett Vanderveer (17-15) of Pennsylvania in the first round of the consolation bracket as he tries for a top-eight finish and resulting All-America honors. UC Davis has never had a wrestling All-American.
Jarvis, 17-10 in NCAA qualifying matches, will face Derek Zinck (19-7) of Lehigh in the next round of consolation action on Friday morning.
Moore likewise drew a difficult opponent for his first-round matchup, facing top-seeded Travis Lee of Cornell. Moore battled Lee all the way into the third round before Lee was able to up his record to 36-1 after pinning Moore with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining in their bout.
Moore (19-6) stayed alive in his first NCAA Tournament by earning a strong 12-3 major decision against Jacob Gray of Edinboro (32-9) in the first round of consolation bracket wrestling and will battle 11th-seeded Ed Gutnik (23-11) of Wisconsin in the next round on Friday morning.
Schurkamp, runner-up at 125 pounds at last month's Pac-10 Championship at Arizona State, drew seventh-seeded Tom Noto of Hofstra in his first match. Noto improved to 31-7 after recording a 9-4 win over Schurkamp, sending the Aggie senior into the consolation bracket where he dropped another 9-4 decision, this one to Joe Dubuque (31-7) of Indiana.
Bear lost to 11th-seeded Nick Catone (33-4), of Rider, 7-3, in his first-round match before being eliminated in a feed-in match for the consolation bracket with a tough 8-5 decision to Alex Clemsen (23-5) of Indiana. Bear earned his trip to the national championships after placing third at the Pac-10 Championships.
Schurkamp finished his season with a 15-8 record in qualifying matches while Bear concludes 21-10.
UC Davis qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Championships for just the second time in school history and the first time since 2001.
Competition concludes Saturday.
NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
St. Louis, Mo.
UC Davis results only
Day 1 of 3
TEAM(top 5 plus UCD) (after 2 sessions) - 1. Oklahoma State, 30, 2. Illinois, 28.0; 3. Nebraska, 25.0; T4. Iowa, 23.5; Minnesota, 23.5.... T54. UC Davis, 2.5
Tommy Schurkamp (125) - lost dec. No.7 Tom Noto (Hofstra), 4-9; lost dec. Joe Dubuque (Indiana), 4-9.
Derek Moore (133) - lost fall No.1 Travis Lee (Cornell), 5:34; won major dec. Jacob Gray (Edinboro), 12-3.
Jeremiah Jarvis (157) - lost fall No.1 Alex Tirapelle (Ilinois), 6:49; won dec. Brett Vanderveer (Penn), 5-1.
Brandon Bear (184) - lost dec. No.11 Nick Catone, Sr. (Rider), 3-7; lost dec. Alex Clemsen (Edinboro), 5-8.
Consolation (2nd round) - Jarvis vs. Derek Zinck (Lehigh) ; Moore vs. No.11 Ed Gutnik (WIsconsin)