Ken Cook went a perfect 5-0 en route to the 174-pound championship at the Reno Tournament of Champions. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Dec. 20, 2006
Reno, Nev. - Competing against some of the top ranked wrestlers in the country, senior Ken Cook announced his presence as a national contender on Wednesday night at the Reno Tournament of Champions as he rolled off five victories en route to the 174-pound championship. Omar Gaitan was the only other Aggie to place at the self-proclaimed "Toughest Tournament in the USA" as he took fifth-place with a solid 4-2 record.
Cook opened his night with a hard-fought 4-1 decision over James Reynolds. He would go on to earn two major decisions in his next three bouts to advance to the championship match. Competing against Brandon Sinnott, ranked as high as No. 7 by the Amateur Wrestling News, Cook earned his first tournament championship of the young season with a 9-4 victory.
Gaitan started off hot as he earned falls over Spencer Jasper and Sal Lascari in his first two bouts. He would go on to earn a close 5-2 decision over Sean Schmatlz. After two tough losses, one of which was a close 3-1 decision to No. 5 Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly, Gaitan rebounded with a 10-6 decision over Jeff Pfaffinger to earn a solid 4-2 record and a fifth-place finish.
Marcos Orozco battled with No. 3 Chad Mendes of Cal Poly and narrowly lost, 2-0. Orozco earned decisions over Tyler Bowles, Brandon Tucker and Nick Ramirez before having to default his final match.
As a team, the Aggies piled up 52 points to finish 12th in the 29-team field.
This marks the Aggies' last competition in December, as they will take the remainder of the month off to train and enjoy the holiday season. UC Davis will be back in action on January 5 as they ring in 2007 with a trip to Stanford to take on three teams, which includes a night finale against the Cardinal.
Reno Tournament of Champions
UC Davis results only
Marcos Orozco (125) - won dec. Tyler Bowles (ASU), 6-0; won dec. Brandon Tucker (PUR), 2-0; lost dec. Chad Mendes (Poly), 2-0; won dec. Nick Ramirez (WYO), 7-4; lost default Tyler Schinn (OSU).
Francisco Manriquez (125) - lost dec. John Espinaza (ASU), 8-2; lost dec. Sean Costello (MONT), 6-2.
Kyle Bank (133) - lost dec. John Cardenas (BAK), 11-5; lost dec. Brandon Gifford (WYO), 8-4.
Omar Gaitan (133) - won fall Spencer Jasper (DUK), 2:05; won fall Sal Lascari (CLAR), 3:24; won dec. Sean Schmaltz (PUR), 5-2; lost dec. Darrell Vasquez (Poly), 3-1; lost maj. dec. Bobby Pfennings (ORE), 13-5; won dec. Jeff Pfaffinger (MSU), 10-6.
Nexi Delgado (141) - lost dec. Elliot Tracy (UORE), 5-1; won dec. Stuart Brinkman (WWY), 7-2; won dec. Greg Lewis (CLAR), 3-1; lost tech. fall to Eric Kruger (CMU), 21-4.
Shawn Haratani (149) - lost fall Brandon Doyle (BAK), 6:45; won maj. dec. Bo Icalia (SOU), 10-2; won dec. Ryan Freeman (OSU), 13-6; lost dec. Eric Maldonado (Poly), 8-4.
Jon Clark (157) - lost dec. Chase Pami (Poly), 8-7; won dec. Kyle Bounds (UORE), 8-2; won maj. dec. Kenny Quallick (SOUW), 15-2; lost dec. Jake Murphy (PUR), 7-5.
Kyle Dubs (165) - won maj. dec. Joe Dennison (EMB); lost dec. Greg Hagel (NORU), 7-2; won dec. Jim Friend (NORU), 9-2; lost maj. dec. Brian Perry (STAN), 12-2.
Dustin Noack (165) - won default Pat Pitsch (ASU); lost default Daniel Atondo (BAK); lost default Jason Martin (PUR).
Ken Cook (174) - won dec. James Reynolds (ADA), 4-1; won maj. dec. Nick Walden (EMB), 8-0; won. dec. Bryan Bernal (WYO) 8-3; won maj. dec. Jeremy Larson (10-3), 15-5; won dec. Brandon Sinnott (CMU), 9-4.
Jeff Prentice (184) - lost maj. dec. Yuri Kalika (Poly), 12-5; won fall Colter Dimas (MONT), 5:47; lost dec. Chad Seely (MONT), 6-2.
Eliot Kelly (197) - lost dec. Brandon Halsey (BAK), 7-4; won dec. Matt Casperson (BSU), 4-3; won dec. Ryan Allen (BSU), 5-2; lost dec. Jared Shelton (OSU), 9-4.
Broc Maffia (285) - lost fall Brady Wilson (MSU), 1:20; lost dec. Chirs Dearmon (UORE), 5-2.
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