Moore Just Misses All-America Honors For Second Straight Year

Derek Moore had another great run in the consolation bracket just miss All-America honors.<br> (Jim vonRummelhoff)
Derek Moore had another great run in the consolation bracket just miss All-America honors.
(Jim vonRummelhoff)

March 18, 2005

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Derek Moore's hopes for becoming UC Davis' first Division I wrestling All- American were stopped one win short for the second consecutive year on Friday night when the Aggie sophomore was defeated 6-5 by Drew Headlee of Pittsburgh in a fifth-round consolation match at the NCAA Championships at the Savvis Center.

A win would've guaranteed Moore a top-eight finish and All-America honors. However, the UC Davis standout was defeated in a close match for the second straight year just short of the prestigious honor.

Jeff Bristol, the Aggies' other remaining competitor on Friday, lost 10-0 to Doug McGraw of Penn in his third-round consolation bout at 141 pounds and was eliminated in the morning's sessions. UC Davis' other two wrestlers at the national championships - Ronnie Silva (174) and Brandon Bear (184) - each lost two matches on Thursday and were eliminated. UC Davis was in 60th place with 2.5 points during Friday night's session. Oklahoma State was in first place.

Moore's showing at this year's tournament was nearly identical to his performance at the 2004 NCAA Championships. For the second consecutive season, top-seeded Travis Lee of Cornell beat Moore in the opening round, sending Moore to the consolation bracket where a long road to All-America status awaited.

However, he rebounded to post a win on Thursday night against Kyle McCarthy of Sacred Heart, and then scored a pair of one-point victories in Friday morning's sessions. He beat Matt Ciasulli of Lehigh, 5-4, before edging Ryan McClester of The Citadel, 4-3.

Those wins set up an evening matchup with Headlee, who opened the tournament with two wins before losing 7-3 to fifth-seeded Tom Clum of Wisconsin.



Headlee jumped to a quick 2-0 lead on a takedown which Moore reversed for two points of his own. The wrestlers entered the final period tied and exchanged reversals but Headlee earned a pair of near-fall points to help decide the final margin and guarantee a top-eight finish.

Moore had a similar run at last year's NCAA Championships, scoring three straight wins before losing a hard-fought battle to Foley Dowd of Michigan one match short of All-America honors.

Bristol survived to wrestle on Friday after beating Jake Kriegbaum of Air Force 4-2 on Thursday night. However, McGraw, who lost to fifth-seeded Andy Simmons of Michigan State, didn't allow Bristol a point in his major decision win in the consolation bracket on Friday morning.

Bristol was making his first appearance at the national championships and was part of an Aggie quartet which tied the largest UC Davis contingent at the meet. Moore, Bristol and Bear each finished third at last month's Pac-10 Championships at Cal Poly while Silva was fourth. As a team, UC Davis finished a program-best fourth at the conference meet under fourth-year coach Lennie Zalesky.

St. Louis, Mo.
UC Davis results only

Derek Moore's (133) - won dec. over Matt Ciasulli (Lehigh), 5-4; won dec. over Ryan McClester (The Citadel), 4-3; lost dec. to Drew Headlee (Pittsburgh), 6-5.

Jeff Bristol (141) - lost major dec. to Doug McGraw (Penn), 10-0.