UC Davis Opens Wrestling Season With 44-3 Win At Portland State

Brandon Bear had one of two technical fall wins for UC Davis on Tuesday. <br> (Jim von Rummelhoff, UC Davis Athletics)
Brandon Bear had one of two technical fall wins for UC Davis on Tuesday.
(Jim von Rummelhoff, UC Davis Athletics)

Nov. 23, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. - UC Davis won the first four matches against Portland State on Tuesday night, including two by major decision and another by pin, as the Aggies started strong while beating the Vikings 44-3 in a season-opening Pac-10 Conference wrestling match at the Stott Center.

UC Davis is 1-0 overall and in league play while Portland State dropped to 0-1 on both counts. In all, UC Davis won two bouts by technical fall, four matches by major decision and two by pin.

The Aggies wasted little time in taking control of the dual, winning two of the first three matches by major decision. Reed Shelger opened with a 15-6 win over Jake Schneider at 197 pounds while Pancho Manriquez won 13-5 over Kip Watson at 125. Those victories were sandwiched around a pin by Evan Hendrix against Steve Fittinger at 285 that came at the 4-minute, 44-second mark of the match. Derek Moore followed with a forfeit win at 133 pounds to give UC Davis a 20-0 lead.

Portland State got its only win in the first bout after the intermission when Ben Parch edged Omar Gaitan, 12-9, at 141 pounds. Daniel Murphree (149) and Brandon Bear (184) each recorded easy technical fall wins for the Aggies while Cooper Fouch (157) had the other pin when he stooped A.J. Lawrence at 2:05. Frank Richmond (165) and Daniel Price (174) each posted major decisions as UC Davis recorded the convincing win.

UC Davis returns to action on Tuesday when it visits Oregon in another Pac-10 match.

197 -
Reed Shelger (UCD) major decision over Jake Schneider (PSU), 15-6, (UCD 4-0)
HWT - Evan Hendrix (UCD) pinned Steven Fittinger (PSU), 4:44,
(UCD 6-0)
125 - Pancho Manriquez (UCD) major decision over Kip Watson (PSU), 13-5,
(UCD 14-0)
133 - Derek Moore (UCD) won by forfeit,
(UCD 20-0)
141 - Ben Barch (PSU) decision over Omar Gaitan (UCD),
12-9, (UCD, 20-3)
149 - Daniel Murphree (UCD) technical fall over Nick Clark (PSU), 15-0, (UCD 25-3)
157 - Cooper Fouch (UCD) pinned A.J. Lawrence (PSU), 2:05
(UCD 31-3)
165 - Frank Richmond (UCD) major decision over Chris Feist (PSU), 17-6 (UCD 25-3)
174 - Daniel Price (UCD) major decision over Josh Gustafson (PSU), 13-4 (UCD 39-3)
184 - Brandon Bear (UCD) technical fall over Sean Murphy (PSU), 19-4 (UCD 44-3)