Aggies To Take On Stanford

Ken Cook and the rest of the Aggies will face Stanford on Friday for UC Davis'
Ken Cook and the rest of the Aggies will face Stanford on Friday for UC Davis'

Jan. 25, 2006

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Friday, Jan. 27 - vs. STANFORD (Beauty and The Beast), 7 PM

Saturday, Jan. 21 - Lost vs. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD, 19-20

Last Saturday, Jan. 21, the UC Davis wrestling team suffered a narrow loss to Pac-10 opponent Cal State Bakersfield... The Ags and Roadrunners each took five wins in the dual, but UC Davis came up one-point short of the win, Cal State Bakersfield took the 20-19 victory... No. 7 Derek Moore grabbed the first win of the night against Bakersfield's Matt Schumm in the 141-pound match-up with a 17-1 technical fall... The win put Moore's season record at 12-2 overall and he is 2-1 in duals... Frank Richmond defeated Brian Busby in the 165-pound match with a 13-7 decision... Richmond recently overtook the No. 3 spot on the UC Davis career wins by fall list, Richmond took Brandon Aresenault's (1998-2001) No. 3 spot, collecting 19 pins thus far in his career, three have come this season.... the No. 2 spot is held by Aggie assistant coach Jeremiah Jarvis who had a total of 24 wins by fall in his four seasons with the Ags... No. 9 Ken Cook's 13-5 major decision over Garth Wara followed Richmond's win... Cook currently boasts a 19-4 overall record with an 8-1 dual record, he also is currently riding an eight match winning streak... In the 197-pound pairing, Eliot Kelly took a 12-6 decision over Roadrunner Colton Nichols bringing Kelly's overall record to 15-10... Omar Gaitan rounded out the wins for the Aggies by taking a 20-8 major decision over Thomas Kimbrell in the final match of the night... Gaitan is 16-7 on the season... The Aggies' season record currently stands at 3-6 overall with a 1-2 Pac-10 record... Cook and Moore continue to hold onto spots in the NWCA/Intermat Coaches' Poll, Cook moved up one-spot from last week's No. 10 ranking while Moore remains at No. 7 for the third consecutive week... UC Davis dropped down one place in this week's Pac-10 rankings, falling to No. 4 behind Arizona State, Cal Poly and Oregon State... Seven Aggies are ranked in this week's Pac-10 poll: No. 6 Marcos Orozco (125), No. 4 Gaitan, No. 1 Moore, No. 3 Richmond, No. 2 Cook, No. 4 Tyler Bernacchi (184) and No. 5 Kelly... UC Davis is currently ranked No. 26 nationally by the Wrestling Report in the NCAA tournament team rankings.

The Aggies continue their six dual homestand on Friday, Jan. 27 when they take on the Stanford Cardinal. The dual will be run co-currently with the Aggie gymnastics team's dual meet with Boise State for the third annual "Beauty and the Beast" promotion. Stanford is currently ranked No. 9 in the Pac-10 and has three wrestlers ranked in the conference poll: No. 5 Josh Zupancic for 149-pounds, No. 2 Scott Loescher for 157-pounds and No. 4 Ray Blake in the 165-pound bracket which could be the most interesting match-up on Friday as Blake takes on No. 3 Richmond. The Cardinal currently hold a season record of 5-3 with a Pac-10 record of 2-0. In its most recent dual, Stanford defeated Cal State Fullerton, 26-11 with the Cardinal winning seven of the 10 matches. Stanford also recently faced Cal State Bakersfield at home and earned a 27-14 win over the Roadrunners, collecting wins in all but three matches. The dual between the Ags and Stanford will be held at UC Davis' Pavilion at 7 p.m.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Cal State Bakersfield: "We had one match that made the difference. Despite that fact, there were a few places where we gave up some major decisions. We still had our chances to win. Derek (Moore) wrestled well and so did Frank Richomond and Omar (Gaitan) also did well. It is too bad the match didn't swing our way."

On Stanford: "Well we have a tough match on our hands and the pressure is on with the (men's) basketball team and the football team beating Stanford already this year. I think they are favored to win five and we are favored in five. It should be tough."



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