Aggie Wrestling Returns In 2007 With Triple-Header At Stanford

The Aggies return in 2007 with duals against Lehigh, Columbia and Stanford on Friday. (Randy Martin)
 
The Aggies return in 2007 with duals against Lehigh, Columbia and Stanford on Friday. (Randy Martin)
 

Jan. 3, 2007

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THIS WEEK
Friday, Jan. 5 - vs. Lehigh, 10:00 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 5 - vs. Columbia, 12:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5 - at Stanford, 2:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK
No Competition (Finished 12th at Reno Tournament on Dec. 20)

NOTES
After posting a 12th-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 20, the Aggies took some time off to enjoy the holiday season. The team returned to training on Dec. 29 and continues to get ready for their upcoming duals at Stanford this Friday.

At the Reno Tournament of Champions, senior Ken Cook claimed the 174-pound championship with a perfect 5-0 record while Omar Gaitan was the only other Aggie to place as he finished 5th with a record of 4-2.

UPCOMING OPPONENT
UC Davis returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 20 as they travel down to Stanford to take on three different schools over the course of the day. The Aggies begin the day against Lehigh at 10:00 a.m. and then return at noon to compete against Columbia. They cap the tripler-header against Pac-10 rival and host Stanford at 2:00 p.m.

Last year the Aggies defeated Stanford 38-6 behind a major decision by Omar Gaitan at 133 and a fall by Derek Moore at 141. UC Davis lost a tight battle with Columbia last year, 16-17, in the consolation match of the Virginia Duals despite winning five bouts. This marks the first meeting between UC Davis and Lehigh in a dual meet.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Time Off: "We started practicing again on the 29th and we're just trying to get back in shape and get going again. These next couple of weeks are huge for us and they're going to be tough."

On Three Duals in One Day: "It's not much different from a tournament, but there is a different mind-set because you want to do well to ensure a good overall dual record. This weekend we will also be facing a lot of ranked opponents so it's going to be huge for seeding purposes."

On Lehigh: "They are pulling in some of the top East Coast wrestlers into their program and they're not too far behind the elite programs like Iowa and Iowa State."

On Columbia: "The Ivy League as a whole has continued to grow and add great wrestlers. Columbia will be tough and we expect it to be a really even match. It could fall either way depending on the outcome of some key bouts."

On Stanford: "This is a big Pac-10 dual. They have a couple ranked guys who are going to make it tough. Competing against Stanford just caps off an extremely tough day. You never know what's going to happen, but we will battle."