Faber, Paul, Bailey Post Lone Wrestling Wins At First Day Of Tournament

Heavyweight Jason Paul had one of three opening-round wins on Friday for UC Davis.
Heavyweight Jason Paul had one of three opening-round wins on Friday for UC Davis.

Dec. 6, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Urijah Faber, Justin Bailey and Jason Paul had the only wins for UC Davis on Friday at the 2002 Cliff Keen Invitational before each suffered losses in the second round.

Faber, seeded sixth in the 133-pound division, pinned Max Meltzer of Harvard at 6:10 of their first-round bout, but Cal State Bakersfield's Matt Sanchez dropped Faber into the consolation bracket later in the day with a 10-5 decision. Bailey had a 13-3 major decision over Brown's Peter Mosley in his first-round matchup at 197 pounds but was later defeated 13-3 by Fresno State's Marcio Botelho.

Similarly, Paul opened his day with a victory, defeating heavyweight David Paniccia of Iowa Central by a score of 3-0 in the pigtails round. However, Wisconsin's Justin Staebler defeated Paul, 6-0, in the round of 32.

UC Davis, which arrived in Las Vegas early Friday morning after travel problems, didn't have much good fortune in its other matches, dropping bouts in seven other weight classes. The closest defeat came from Mike Font at 165 pounds who lost a close 10-7 decision to Nate Ploehn of Boise State.

The tournament, which features some of the top teams in the country, concludes at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday.

2002 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestling Invitational
Las Vegas Convention Center
UC Davis results only
Day 1 of 2

125 1st Rd. - Kyle Ott (Illinois) dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 8-2

133 1st Rd. - Urijah Faber (UCD) pinned Max Meltzer (Harvard), 6:10
2nd Rd. - Matt Sanchez (CS Bakersfield) dec. Urijah Faber (UCD), 10-5

141 1st Rd. - Blake Gunter (Wyoming) dec. Cris Brines (UCD), 6-2



149 Pigtails - Robert Becker (George Mason) major dec. Nick Davis (UCD), 9-1

157 Pigtails - Stryder Davis (N. Idaho) dec. Jeremiah Jarvis (UCD), 11-5

165 1st Rd. - Nate Ploehn (Boise St.) dec. Mike Font (UCD), 10-7

174 1st Rd. - Blake Kaplan (Ohio St.) pinned Dan Schon (UCD), 2:21

185 1st Rd. - B.J. Padden (Nebraska) major dec. Ronnie Silva (UCD), 20-8

197 1st Rd. - Justin Bailey (UCD) major dec. Peter Mosley (Brown), 13-3
2nd Rd. - Marcio Botelho (Fresno St.) major dec. Justin Bailey (UCD), 13-3

285 Pigtails - Jason Paul (UCD) dec. David Paniccia (Iowa Central), 3-0
1st Rd. - Justin Staebler (Wisconsin) dec. Jason Paul (UCD), 6-0