Moore, Bristol Remain Alive At NCAA Championships

Derek Moore split a pair of matches to stay in contention at the national championships. <br> (Randy Martin_
 
Derek Moore split a pair of matches to stay in contention at the national championships.
(Randy Martin_
 

March 17, 2005

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - UC Davis sophomores Derek Moore and Jeff Bristol each won matches in the consolation bracket on Thursday night to stay alive at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships after all four Aggie competitors at the meet dropped their opening matches at the Savvy Center in the morning.

The 133-pound Moore will wrestle in the consolation third round after beating Kyle McCarthy of Sacred Heart, 2-1. Bristol, wrestling at 141 pounds, kept his All-America hopes alive with a 4-2 win over Jake Kreigbaum of Air Force.

Team scores were not available.

Ronnie Silva (174) and Brandon Bear (184) each lost two matches on Thursday and were eliminated from the tournament. Silva lost to a pair of brothers; dropping a close 5-4 matchup to seventh-seeded Andy Roy of Rutgers in his first match and then dropped a 20-5 technical fall to Roy's brother, Nick, who competes for Michigan. Bear was defeated by Ben Wissel of Purdue, 8-2, before being edged by T.J. Morrison of Rider, 4-3.

Moore will face eighth-seeded Matt Ciasulli of Lehigh on Friday morning while Bristol battles Doug McGraw of Penn.

Moore was dropped into the consolation bracket after being pinned by top-seeded Travis Lee of Cornell in his opening match for the second consecutive season. Lee scored an early takedown before recording a pin at 1 minute, 51 seconds of the first round. Against McCarthy, Moore held a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period, adding a reversal in the second for a 4-1 lead. He gained another point at the end of the match for riding time. Ciasulli was dropped into the consolation bracket after losing 6-4 to Chad Mendes of Cal Poly in the second round of the championship bracket.

Like Moore, Bristol faced a highly seeded competitor in his first match in No.2 Treyon Ware of Oklahoma. Ware took early control of the matchup, scoring early and posting a late near-fall to end the bout by a 19-2 technical fall with just three seconds remaining. Ware won the 2003 NCAA title at 141 pounds.

 

 

Bristol remained alive in the tournament, scoring takedowns in the first two periods to pace his 4-2 win over Kreigbaum. He'll next face McGraw, who lost 6-1 to No.5 Andy Simmons of Michigan State in the championship bracket.

Bear was making his second consecutive appearance at the national championships and was looking for his first win at the event. He led Morrison 2-1 at the end of the first period of their consolation bout and picked up an escape for a 3-1 lead heading into the third. However, Morrison got an escape and with a minute to go picked up a takedown for a 4-3 lead which he held the rest of the way.

Bear trailed Wissel 2-1 after the first period of his opening match on Thursday morning, but Wissel tallied an escape and a quick takedown early in the second period for a 5-1 lead. A third-period escape by Bear made it 5-2 but another takedown by Wissel and riding time propelled him to the 8-2 win.

Silva was in his first NCAA Tournament. In his consolation round match, he trailed 4-1 after Roy hit two takedowns in the first period. It was a tough battle for Silva the rest of the way as Roy continued to extend his lead. Roy earned the 15-point technical fall early in the third period.

Silva faced Roy's brother, Andy, in the first round on Thursday morning and the two had a close bout throughout. Roy got an early takedown which Silva responded to with an escape. The wrestlers battled to a 4-4 tie late into the third period but Roy was awarded an escape with 25 seconds remaining to advance with the one-point win.

Moore, Bristol and Bear each finished third at the recent Pac-10 Conference Championships while Silva was fourth. The Aggie quartet matches UC Davis' largest contingent at the NCAA Championships.

The tournament concludes on Saturday.

NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
St. Louis, Mo.
UC Davis results only

Derek Moore (133) - lost fall to (1) Travis Lee (Cornell), 1:51; won dec. over Kyle McCarthy (Sacred Heart), 5-1.

Jeff Bristol (141) - lost tech fall to (2) Teyon Ware (Oklahoma), 19-2 (6:57); won dec. over Jake Kriegbaum (Air Force), 4-2.

Ronnie Silva (174) - lost dec. to (7) Andy Roy (Rutgers), 5-4; lost tech fall. to Nick Roy (Michigan), 20-5 (5:11).

Brandon Bear (184) - lost dec. to Ben Wissel (Purdue), 8-2; lost dec. to T.J. Morrison (Rider), 4-3.

Consolation Round 3 Schedule
Derek Moore vs. (8) Matt Ciasulli (Lehigh)
Jeff Bristol vs. Doug McGraw (Penn)