Aggies Return To The Road Against Southern Oregon

The Aggies will take a week away from Pac-10 conference competition as they face Southern Oregon on Friday. (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
The Aggies will take a week away from Pac-10 conference competition as they face Southern Oregon on Friday. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 9, 2006

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Friday, Feb. 10 - at Southern Oregon, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3 - Lost vs. Oregon State, 3-34
Friday, Feb. 3 - Won vs. Oregon, 21-19
Saturday, Feb. 4 - Won vs. Portland State, 36-9
Saturday, Feb. 4 - Lost vs. Boise State, 14-25
Saturday, Feb. 4 - at California Collegiate Invitaional, 8th place

UC Davis split four duals last weekend, taking wins over Oregon and Portland State and dropping duals to Oregon State and Boise State... The Aggie season dual record is currently 6-8 overall with a 4-4 Pac-10 record... UC Davis is currently ranked No. 6 in the Pac-10, the Aggies are tied with Cal State Bakersfield... Tyler Bernacchi had a team-high three wins over the weekend... Bernacchi is 19-11 overall on the season and has posted a 9-5 dual record... Dustin Noack recorded his first two wins of the season, the first coming in a 12-3 major decision over Jeremy McLaughlin of Oregon on Friday evening... Noack was able to pin Chris Feist of Portland State the next afternoon, one minute and 44 seconds into his match... Jon Clark came within two points of defeating the No. 10 nationally ranked Joey Bracamonte of Oregon on Friday while wrestling up a weight class... Nexi Delgado was the lone Aggie to compete in last Saturday's California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational at San Francisco State... Delgado defeated Darrell Goodpaster of Fresno State in a 13-3 major decision to take third in the 149-pound bracket... The Aggies have held onto their No. 26 Wrestling Report ranking for the second straight week... Derek Moore and Ken Cook have also maintained their top-10 USA Today/NWCA/Intermat national rankings, both are ranked eighth in their respective weight classes.

UC Davis will head to Oregon to take on the Raiders of Southern Oregon who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this weekend. Southern Oregon, which competes in the NAIA, currently boasts a season record of 13-4. The Aggies and Raiders last met during the 2001-02 season with UC Davis coming away with a 31-16 win.

The Raiders were in competition last weekend in Montana where they were upset by Montana State-Northern 22-21 on Friday. Southern Oregon bounced back the next day and defeated University of Great Falls, 20-15 on Saturday.

The Aggies have faced three common opponents as the Raiders: Arizona State, Portland State and San Francisco State. Both teams were topped by the Sun Devils of Arizona State and both teams took wins over S.F. State and Portland State. The Raiders also took 16th at the Reno Tournament of Champions earlier this season, the Aggies grabbed eighth place in the tournament.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"Southern Oregon is historically a very tough NAIA team and I think it will be good to face some new people. Our guys have been wrestling well when they are healthy, but a lot of them have been wrestling sick or injured so it is hard to tell where we are at right now. Our big goal is to peak at the end of the season."