Aggies Return Home To Face Roadrunners

The Aggies will look to improve their 3-5 season record when they face Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
The Aggies will look to improve their 3-5 season record when they face Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Jan. 19, 2006

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Saturday, Jan. 21 - vs. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD, 7 PM

Friday, Jan. 13 - Lost vs. North Carolina (Virginia Duals.), 12-24
Friday, Jan. 13 - Lost vs. Columbia (Virginia Duals), 16-17
Friday, Jan. 13 - Won vs. Virginia Tech (Virginia Duals), 29-14

The UC Davis wrestling team was last in competitio Friday, Jan. 13 at the Virginia Duals where they faced two tough dual losses before defeating Virginia Tech in their final match... The Aggies lost to North Carolina 12-24 in their morning match-up... Frank Richmond pinned North Carolina's Garrett Atkinson 53 seconds into the 165-pound match to highlight the Aggies action in the match... Omar Gaitan posted a 13-6 decision over Evan Sola in the 133-pound match and Ken Cook defeated Alex Maciag 16-9 in the 174-pound match-up... The Ags fell to Columbia later in the afternoon in a dramatic 16-17 loss... UC Davis dropped the first three matches of the dual before making a comeback and tying the dual score going into the final two matches, unfortunately the Ags came up one-point short when it was all over... Jeff Bristol (149), Jon Clark (157), Tyler Bernacchi (184) and Evan Hendrix (285) each won by decision in their match-ups... Ken Cook won his match in a 12-3 major decision over Columbia's Kenji Porter... In the dual versus Virginia Tech, Richmond had his second win of the day when he pinned Michels Tucker 1:01 into the match-up... Eliot Kelly was able to pin Matt Wood 12 seconds into the 197-pound match-up... Cook also collected his third win of the day with a 14-4 major decision over Steven Ratley... Following last weekend's action, the Aggies' dual record now stands at 3-5, their Pac-10 record is 1-1... UC Davis, which started the season ranked No. 9 in the Pac-10, has held onto its No. 3 Pac-10 team ranking for the third consecutive week... The Aggies also dropped down one spot from last week's Wrestling Report (NCAA Tournament) No. 22 ranking to No. 23... Cook and Derek Moore are both ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Intermat Coaches' Poll, Moore is ranked No. 7 for the second consecutive week while Cook is ranked a season-high No. 10... The Ags also currently have seven wrestlers ranked in this week's Pac-10 rankings.

The Aggies will host Pac-10 foe Cal State Bakersfield this Saturday, Jan. 21 in a home dual at Hickey Gym. The Roadrunners enter this weekend's dual with the No. 7 Pac-10 ranking and a dual record of 2-3 after defeating Fresno State Wednesday 36-10. The Roadrunners have a Pac-10 record of 1-1 with a win over Portland State and a loss to Boise State. Bakersfield currently has three wrestlers ranked in this week's NWCA/Intermat Coaches' Poll: No. 17 Tommy Vargas (133), No. 18 Anthony Baza (149) and No. 18 Christain Arellano (165), only Baza is slated to wrestle on Saturday. Bakersfield also has six wrestlers ranked in this week's Pac-10 rankings. The Roadrunners lead a 10 match series with the Ags, 9-1. The last time the two teams met was last season, the Roadrunners came away with a 26-12 win. The Ags finished 10 places ahead of Bakersfield earlier this season at the Las Vegas Invitational where the Roadrunners took 28th and Bakersfield finished two places behind UC Davis at the Reno Tournament of Champions in December, taking 10th overall.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"We wrestled tired against North Carolina. We should have won, but we didn't wrestle well and we gave up extra points in some matches. Against Columbia we lost by one and we gave up a couple of major decisions which hurt us. We were in every match but we didn't wrestle them well. They are a good team, a couple majors and losing close matches made the difference. I have to credit some of that to the travel. Bakersfield is going to be tough dual. They lost by one point to Boise. They are a tough team and they are tough throughout the lineup As a coach I always feel we can get better. Different areas can always use improvement. I think for us to crack the top three in the Pac-10 and be nationally ranked are big milestones. We have been discouraged by injuries and not allways being able to put our best lineup but the main part of our season is still coming up."



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