Aggies Visit No. 22 Oregon State for Pac-10 Dual

Ricky Alcala is ranked 11th nationally by InterMat. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Ricky Alcala is ranked 11th nationally by InterMat. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Jan. 13, 2010

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UC Davis (0-5, 0-1 Pac-10) continues dual meet action as they visit Pac-10 foe No. 20 Oregon State (12-1, 1-1 Pac-10) Friday at legendary Gill Coliseum... The dual meet is set to begin at 7:00 p.m... Live stats and video will be available via www.osubeavers.com or www.ucdavisaggies.com.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State is currently ranked 20th nationally in the latest InterMat poll... The Beavers' 12-1 start to the season is the best since the 2006-07 season... Six Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the InterMat Top 25 poll, including junior Colby Covington who is 11th at 174 pounds... Oregon State went 4-0 last week including a 28-8 victory against Wyoming in Corvallis... The Beavers then swept at the Stanford Duals with wins over Northern Colorado, Menlo College and Stanford... Head coach Jim Zalesky is in his third season with the Beavers.

LAST MEETING: JAN. 30, 2009
UC Davis tops Oregon State for the second time in three seasons 22-12 at The Pavilion in Davis, Calif.

125: Marcos Orozco (UCD) dec. Jake Gonzalez (OSU), 2-1
133: Brandon Low (UCD) dec. Kelly Kubec (OSU), 10-5
141: Nexi Delgado (UCD) maj. dec. Garrett Drucker (OSU), 15-5
149: No. 14 Heinrich Barnes (OSU) dec. Barrett Abel (UCD), 7-4
157: Jon Brascetta (OSU) dec. Joey Wilson (UCD), 6-4 SV
165: Dustin Noack (UCD) dec. Keegan Davis (OSU), 6-5 OT
174: No. 11 Kyle Bressler (OSU) dec. Tyler Bernacchi (UCD), 3-1 SV
184: Jon Clark (UCD) dec. Brice Arand (OSU), 10-5
197: Abe Otrambo (UCD) fall Chad Hanke (OSU), 1:30
285: Clayton Jack (OSU) dec. John Thurston (UCD), 10-3

FAMILY TIES
UC Davis head coach Lennie Zalesky will face his brother Jim Zalesky, who is in his third year at the helm for Oregon State, Friday... Over the past four seasons, the series between the brothers is tied at two wins apiece.

COACH ZALESKY ON THE RIVALRY
"We competed against each other in high school as far as we'd wrestle everyday and then sometimes we'd go to tournaments and they'd put us in the same weight class, so we're used to this. And we both understand it's our profession. But it's fun. There's a comforting feeling to me anyway with going his team against my team."

AGGIES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Junior Brandon Low (133) is ranked 15th by InterMat and 16th by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN)... RS junior Barrett Abel (149) jumped three positions in the most recent InterMat poll to 16th and is 20th by WIN... Ricky Alcala (285) continues to climb the InterMat poll and is currently 11th.

AGGIES IN THE PAC-10 PICTURE
Brandon Low is currently third in the Pac-10 at 133... Barrett Abel ranks second in the conference at 149 pounds and owns a 4-1 record against Pac-10 opponents... Ricky Alcala is currently the top-ranked heavyweight in the Pac-10 with a 6-2 record against conference opponents.

RECAP: UC DAVIS 0-3 AT VIRGINIA DUALS
Despite a 3-0 finish from Ricky Alcala at 285, UC Davis went 0-3 at the Virginia Duals Friday, Jan. 8 in Hampton, Va... The Aggies fell to No. 11 Lehigh 31-12 then lost to Ohio 29-12 in the first consolation round... UC Davis concluded the day with a 32-9 loss to Bucknell... Barrett Abel went 2-1 at 149 pounds... Against Lehigh, UC Davis saw wins from Abel and Alcala at 149 and 285, respectively, and Justin Arredondo had his first victory of the year at 133... UC Davis had four victories against Ohio at 149, 165, 174 and 285, but could not overcome the Bobcats' strong start... Bucknell won the first four bouts but Trevor Machado-Ching snapped the streak with a win at 157... Alcala pinned Conor Sweeney at 285 at the 1:30 mark.

NOTHING BUT THE BEST
No. 22 Oregon State marks the fourth opponent ranked in InterMat's Top-25 poll that UC Davis has faced in what will be their sixth dual meet... UC Davis has also competed against then-No. 13 Arizona State (Nov. 13), then-No. 4 Oklahoma State (Dec. 18), and then-No. 11 Lehigh (Jan. 8).

COMING UP NEXT
UC Davis will compete at the Menlo Quad Duals Sunday, Jan. 24... The Aggies will take on Southern Oregon starting at 11:00 a.m. PT, then will face Menlo College at 12:30 p.m.... UC Davis concludes the day against Cal State Bakersfield at 2:00 p.m.