Aggie Wrestling Travels To Iowa For NWCA National Duals

The Aggies enter this weekend's NWCA National Duals as one of only three unranked teams competing at the event.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
The Aggies enter this weekend's NWCA National Duals as one of only three unranked teams competing at the event. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Jan. 9, 2007

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Saturday, Jan. 13- Sunday, Jan. 14 - at NWCA National Duals, All Day

Friday, Jan. 5 - lost to Lehigh, 8-33
Friday, Jan. 5 - lost to Columbia, 16-22
Friday, Jan. 5 - defeated Stanford, 29-12

The Aggies returned to action for the first time since December 20 last weekend with three tough duals against No. 23 Lehigh, Columbia and Pac-10 rival Stanford. Hosted at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion, UC Davis went 1-2 on the day. The Aggies lost their matches to Lehigh, 33-8, and Columbia, 22-16, before rebounding and knocking off the host Cardinal in the finale, 29-12.

The 1-2 day pushed the Aggies record in duals to 2-3 this season while the win over the Cardinal opens their Pac-10 season at 1-0.

No. 4 Ken Cook at 174 and Dustin Noack at 165 both went undefeated in their respective three matches to help lead the team. Cook had a dominant day with a 15-0 technical fall against Lehigh, a 12-4 major decision against Columbia and a 4-2 decision over his Pac-10 rival at Stanford. Noack fought hard for his three wins with decisions of 5-0, 7-3 and 7-5.

UC Davis has a tough task upcoming as they travel to Cedar Falls, IA this Saturday and Sunday to compete in the challenging NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals. The dual tournament features all of the top-eight schools in the nation, which includes the consensus No. 1 Missouri Tigers.

Entering the tournament unranked, the Aggies have drawn No. 5 Iowa as their first opponent. The last time these two teams met was January 2005 when a record 5,150 fans packed The Pavilion to watch the Aggies battle the Hawkeyes. Iowa would prevail, 26-9.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Stanford Duals: "I wasn't too happy with our overall performance. I think we could've performed a lot better in some of those critical matches. We lost a couple matches we shouldn't have and we gave up a lot of points. The outcome of the Columbia match could have gone our way had we just finished better. Even the match against Lehigh could've gone different. We could've split with them."

On Facing Iowa: "Looking at the match-ups, we have a chance at several different matches. The match of the tournament might be at 174 when No. 4 (Ken Cook) takes on No. 2 (Eric Luedke). If we we're healthy coming into this match, we would like our chances, but having two of our top four guys out really hurts us. It will really make it difficult."

On NWCA Nationals: "It's a privilege to be invited to this tournament. It will be good for us to see the top teams in the nation. It only helps us when we enter Pac-10 competition. This is the toughest dual tournament of the year. It just gets tougher and tougher after every round. It's great for us to get this experience."