Jan. 24, 2007
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Saturday, Jan. 27 - at Cal State Bakersfield, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 19 - Defeated Cal State Fullerton, 29-17
The Aggies prevailed, 27-19, against Cal State Fullerton last Friday in a wild Pac-10 dual. Trailing 19-9 after two-straight losses by fall, Broc Maffia lifted the Aggies back up with his improbable pin of then-No. 14 Wade Sauer in the heavyweight match. Marcos Orozco gave the Aggies their first lead of the match with his 10-7 victory at 125 while Derek Moore sealed the victory with his pin of Nick Blackshaw in the 141-pound finale. Ken Cook also recorded a victory by fall at 174 while Omar Gaitan at 133 and Dustin Noack at 165 were the other Aggies to claim victories on the night.
There were five total pins during the dual, four of which came in consecutive matches. The victory pushes the Aggies' dual record to 3-5 on the season while they remained unbeaten in conference play with a 2-0 mark.
UC Davis wrestling hits the road once again on Saturday as they travel down to Bakersfield to take on the Roadrunners at 7:00 p.m. in a Pac-10 dual. Despite winning half of the matches against the Roadrunners last season, the Aggies dropped a tough one-point decision, 20-19.
Moore earned a technical fall at 141 while Cook and Gaitan earned major decisions at 174 and 133, respectively. The difference in the match was the Roadrunners' victory by fall at 184.
Cal State Bakersfield currently owns a four match win streak over the Aggies, which dates back to the 2002-03 season. The Aggies last defeated the Roadrunners on November 2, 2001 by a score of 27-16.
HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Fullerton Match: "We started out kind of slow and I though at 149 and 157 that we'd get some good matches. Ken Cook came in at 174 and came up with a big pin and then it swung back to them with a tough loss at 197. Our guy just rolled and stopped and we needed him to keep rolling. The pin at heavyweight by Broc (Maffia) was huge. There were a lot of highs and lows in that one, but after the heavyweight win our lightweights stepped it up and wrestled well. I knew the 133 match would be the toughest, but we pulled that one through and Derek (Moore) was able to come back from being hurt and sick to wrestle a tough match. Dustin (Noack) and (Jeff) Prentice all gave good performances.
On Cal State Fullerton: "They're always a tough team and I haven't beat them since my first year here. It seems like some kind of weird thing always happens. I think this year we might be favored in about six weights going in, so it'll be interesting. They always wrestle tough and they're always well conditioned. We expect it to be tough."