No. 22 Aggies Travel East For Virginia Duals

The Aggies carry a 2-3 dual record into this weekend's competition and will face North Carolina in their first round match.
The Aggies carry a 2-3 dual record into this weekend's competition and will face North Carolina in their first round match.

Jan. 12, 2006

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Friday, Jan. 13 - at Virginia Duals (Hampton, Va.), All Day
Saturday, Jan. 14 - at Virginia Duals, All Day

Sunday, Jan. 8 - Lost vs. Iowa State (Tempe, Ariz.), 18-28
Sunday, Jan. 8 - Lost at Arizona State, 18-25

The UC Davis wrestling team recieved its first ever Division I team ranking this week earning the No. 22 spot on the Wrestling Report's NCAA rankings... The Aggies faced two very tough opponents in back-to-back duals on Jan. 8 facing No. 8 Iowa State and Pac-10 foe No. 18 Arizona State... No. 13 Ken Cook and Jeff Bristol won both of their matches... Bristol (149) captured the first win of the day for the Aggies when he defeated Cyclone Aron Scott in a 7-3 decision... Cook followed by defeating former Iowa State teammate Grant Turner in a 10-1 major decision in the 174-pound match-up... Eliot Kelly secured a win in the 197-pound bracket for the Ags with a 17-2 technical fall over Joe Curran... The Aggies lost the match 18-28 to the Cyclones... In their second dual of the day against Arizona State, the Aggies got their first win in the 133-pound match when Omar Gaitan defeated Adam Hickey in a 14-11 decision... Gaitan's win was followed by Bristol's second victory of the day, this time by fall over Mark LeBeau 4 minutes and 4 seconds into the match-up... With his two wins, Bristol's season record is a perfect 8-0 overall with a 4-0 dual record and 2-0 Pac-10 record... Cook captured his second win of the day against Sun Devil Alex Pavlenko in a 6-1 decision... Cook currently boasts a season record of 15-4 overall, is 4-1 in duals and has a 2-0 Pac-10 record... The Aggies fell to the Sun Devils 18-25... UC Davis' season record now stands at 2-3 overall and with the loss to Arizona State, the Aggies' Pac-10 record is now 1-1... Several Aggies are currently ranked on various polls, including eight Ags ranked in the Pac-10... Derek Moore is currently No. 6 in this week's Amateur Wrestling Magazine and Wrestling Report Polls and No. 1 in the Pac-10... Cook is No. 13 according to W.I.N. Magazine and No. 2 for the Pac-10... In the 165-pound division, Frank Richmond has earned the No. 13 spot from Wrestling Report and is No. 3 in the Pac-10... Rounding out the nationally ranked Aggies is Tyler Bernacchi who is Amateur Wrestling's No. 19 184-pounder this week as well as No. 4 in the Pac-10.

This week the Ags will be representing the Pac-10 at the 26th Annual Virginia Duals being held Friday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. UC Davis will be competing in a pool of 16 college teams including ranked teams No. 15 Indiana and No. 25 Penn. The Aggies first opponent at the duals will be North Carolina. The North Carolina roster boasts No. 20 Garret Atkinson in the 165-pound weight class and No. 13 Spencer Nodolsky in the heavyweight division.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Iowa State: "We wrestled them well. At one point this season they were ranked No. 3 so to win four matches against them is good for us."

On Arizona State: "Arizona is a tough team. They have three All-Americans and several highly ranked guys and for us to win four matches against them, I think it was a good dual for us. For us, the coaching staff, we just ask that the guys wrestle hard and fight no matter what the opposing team is ranked."

On the Virginia Duals: "I think this is going to be an exciting weekend, we don't really know what to expect since we will be facing teams that we don't normally see. It will be a new experience and the chance to wrestle some Big 10 teams should be exciting."