Wrestlers Return Home To Hickey Gym For Pac-10 Bout With Titans

The Aggies return home for the first time in 2007 to battle a tough Fullerton squad.  (Randy Martin)
 
The Aggies return home for the first time in 2007 to battle a tough Fullerton squad. (Randy Martin)
 

Jan. 17, 2007

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THIS WEEK
Friday, Jan. 19 - Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m.

LAST WEEK
Saturday, Jan. 13 - Lost to Iowa (National Duals), 41-4
Saturday, Jan. 13 - Lost to Northern Iowa (National Duals), 30-10

NOTES
Competing without four of their starters, the Aggies struggled last weekend against No. 5 Iowa and No. 24 Northern Iowa at the Cliff Keen NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, IA.

Eliot Kelly earned the Aggies' sole victory in a 41-4 loss to Iowa with a 12-4 major decision. Kelly earned a fall against Northern Iowa to lead the Aggies in a 30-10 loss. Marcos Orozco earned the other points with his four-point major decision at 125 as he shutout Grant Ruge, 8-0.

UPCOMING OPPONENT
UC Davis returns home for the first time this season as they welcome Pac-10 rival Cal State Fullerton to Hickey Gymnasium for a 7:00 p.m. dual. This marks the Aggies' second conference dual this season following their victory over Stanford in December. The Aggies have not hosted a dual since February 4, 2006 when they battled Boise State.

Fullerton enters Friday's dual with a 4-4 overall record and a 2-3 Pac-10 mark. The Titans' season has been highlighted with victories over defending Pac-10 champion Arizona State, Oregon and nationally ranked Lehigh.

Last season the Aggies defeated the Titans 25-9 with victories in seven of the 10 matches, including one by fall at 165.

This weekend's dual features four of the top-ranked wrestlers in the Pac-10 as the Aggies' Ken Cook (174) and Derek Moore (141), and the Titans' Ian Murphy (184) and Morgan Atkinson (149) will all be in action.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On NWCA National Duals: "I knew right away that without four of our top guys it was going to be difficult to beat a tough team like Iowa. They had two guys who were ranked nationally and to not have starters in four of our top six weights... it makes it really tough. I think if we would have been healthy we could've given Iowa a fight and I think we could've possibly defeated Northern Iowa. We just need to get better in certain situations. We need to work on be more in your face and doing better with our finishes as well as being tougher on top."

On Returning to Hickey: "It's good to be home and I think the guys will probably put together some of their best matches."

On Cal State Fullerton: "They're going to be tough. They've rebounded lately and come up with some big wins over top-notch schools like Lehigh, and Arizona State. But we get everyone back this weekend with the exception of Tyler Bernacchi. I think we're favored in about five matches, but we'll see how it shapes up."