Jan. 5, 2006
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Sunday, Jan. 8 - vs. Iowa State (Tempe, Ariz.), 11 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 8 - at Arizona State, 12:30 p.m.
The UC Davis wrestling team was in competition last on December 18 when they competed at the Reno Tournament of Champions... The Aggies placed eighth overall at the tournament out of 27 teams, finishing with 66.5 team points... No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State won the tournament with 194.5 points... Three Aggies captured third place finishes at the tournament... Frank Richmond (165), Ken Cook (174) and Tyler Bernacchi (184) each wrestled their way to third place in their respective weight classes... Currently UC Davis is ranked third in the Pac-10 with eight wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes... Derek Moore is currently ranked No. 1 for the 141-pounders while Ken Cook is ranked No. 2 in the 174-pound weight class... With his eight NCAA countable wins this season, Moore now has 51 total career wins, which ties him with Mike Maben (1997, 1999-2001) for the No. 9 spot on the UC Davis career wins list... The Aggies currently have a dual record of 2-1 with a Pac-10 record of 1-0.
The Aggies will face two nationally ranked teams on Sunday when they face No. 8 Iowa Stae and No. 19 Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Iowa State currently holds a record of 4-2 in dual action and boasts a lineup that includes four wrestlers ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Poll's top-ten. Aggies Derek Moore and Ken Cook are each ranked in the Jan. 3 NWCA Poll. In the 141-pound match-up, No. 6 ranked Moore will face the No. 2 ranked, two-time All-American, Nate Gallick who has posted a perfect 16-0 overall record this season, going 6-0 in duals. Another tough match-up will be in the 165-pound weight class where Frank Richmond, who has posted a 9-1 overall record this season and is currently ranked No. 13 by Amateur Wrestling News, will face the Cyclone's No. 8 NWCA ranked and 2005 All-American Travis Paulson who is 20-1 this season and has posted a perfect dual record of 6-0. The Iowa State lineup also includes All-Americans No. 4 Trent Paulson in the 157-pound bracket and No. 6 Kurt Backes in the 184-pound weight class. This will be the first dual match-up between the Ags and the Cyclones in UC Davis Division I history.
The Arizona Sun Devils are currently 3-3 on the season with a 1-0 record in Pac-10 duals. ASU will enter this Sunday's dual with the No. 2 Pac-10 team ranking and fielding a lineup that may contain up to five NWCA ranked wrestlers. Marcos Orozco will have his hands full as he takes on Jeremy Mendoza in the 125-pound bracket. Mendoza is currently ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 6 in the NWCA poll and has an overall record of 18-1 and a perfect 6-0 dual record. The second and third-ranked 165-pounders in the Pac-10 are scheduled to meet when No. 3 Richmond faces-off with No. 2 Patrick Pitsch. The Sun Devils lineup will also include All-Americans Brian Stith (157), Ryan Bader (197) and Cain Velasquez (285). The first and last time the Aggies faced the Sun Devils was in a dual last season where ASU came away with a 22-14 win at UC Davis.
HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"Anytime we venture off into a big battle it is exciting. We are looking forward to facing several top-ranked wrestlers. We really don't have alot to lose against Iowa, but we have alot we can gain. Arizona State is not the same level as Iowa, but they have five wrestlers that are highly ranked. Both are going to be good dual meets. If we can win one that would be sensational. If not, these tough duals will just make us tougher."