Ken Cook (shown) and Derek Moore advanced to the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invite. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Dec. 1, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Third-ranked Derek Moore of UC Davis and fourth-ranked Ken Cook each won their first three matches of their respective weight classes on Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, advancing to Saturday's semifinals.
Moore, ranked third at 141 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News, won major decisions over Corey Manson of Cornell and Rafael Chavez of Stanford which advanced him to the quarterfinals where he beat Kyle Larson of Oregon State, 11-7. Moore will face Matt Schumm of Cal Poly in the semis.
Cook, ranked third at 174 by The Wrestling Mall, pinned Garth Wara of Cal State Bakersfield in 1 minute, 1 second and then captured a 5-1 decision over Dustin Tillman of Columbia. Cook moved into Saturday's semifinals with a default win over Aaron Miller of Kent State. He'll face second-ranked Matt Herrington of Penn on Saturday with a berth in the championship on the line.
After a bye in the first round, Noack opened his day with a 9-3 decision over Mark Ring. Following a major decision loss to Matt Pell, Noack responded with a 9-5 decision over Ricky Turk. Noack will start his day tomorrow against Mike Mackie for the chance to move on.
Kelly started his day off with a technical fall victory over Alex Trueblood and a 7-1 decision over Justin Schlecht before falling to Nick Roy, 10-5. Kelly will begin his trek through the consolation brackett tomorrow against Ardian Ramadani.
UC Davis is in 21st place in the 47-team tournament with 24 points. Missouri leads with 54 points.
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