Aggie Wrestlers Finish Out Regular Season With Home Dual Against Cal Poly

The Aggies will take on Cal Poly in the final regular season match on Thursday at Hickey Gym.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
The Aggies will take on Cal Poly in the final regular season match on Thursday at Hickey Gym. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 13, 2007

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Thursday, Feb. 15 - vs. Cal Poly, 7:00 p.m. (Senior Night)

Friday, Feb. 9 - Lost at Boise State, 20-15
Saturday, Feb. 10 - Won at Utah Valley State, 36-12

The Aggies' six match winning streak was snapped on Friday as they lost their first Pac-10 match of the season at Boise State, 20-15. Despite splitting the ten matches, the Broncos earned the five-point victory with two major decisions and a victory by fall.

UC Davis won four straight matches at 165-197 to rebound from a 16-3 deficit and pull within one point, 16-15, heading into the heavyweight bout. A major decision from Boise State capped the match and gave the Broncos the victory.

The following night the Aggies dominated Utah Valley State, 36-12. The Wolverines' only victories came from a forfeit at 157 and an injury default at 184. Ken Cook earned his fifth pin of the season to tie Omar Gaitan and Broc Maffia for the team lead. Dustin Noack, Eliot Kelly, Gaitan and Maffia all earned major decisions in the win.

For the first time since joining the Pac-10 in the mid-90's, UC Davis has all ten starters ranked in the latest conference rankings.

UC Davis wrestling finishes out the regular season with a home match against Pac-10 rival Cal Poly on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hickey Gymnaisum. A perennial power in the conference, Cal Poly enters the match with an overall record of 6-9 and 4-4 in Pac-10 competition. The Aggies, who enter with an 8-6 dual record, will be looking to cap the season with their seventh conference win.

Last season the Mustangs handed the Aggies a lopsided 28-7 defeat in San Louis Obispo. Derek Moore recorded a major decision at 141 pounds while Marcos Orozco earned the other team victory at 125. The Aggies won the prior meeting, 19-17, in 2005.

The match will also feature a tribute to seven Aggie seniors who will be competing in their final matches at UC Davis. The seniors to be honored are Jeff Bristol, Derek Moore, Ken Cook, Omar Gaitan, Shawn Haratani, Eliot Kelly and Broc Maffia.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"If we're healthy, then we're right were we need to be heading into the final match of the regular season. My concern is the status of a few of our guys, who are really banged up right now. I'm confident that two of those guys will be ready for the Pac-10 Championships. We could very easily be undefeated in conference right now, but we're focusing on Pac-10's. That's all that matters in the end. Right now our focus is on Cal Poly this week, and I don't know if we match up that well with them. It's going to be really hard to beat any team in the Pac-10 without all of your guys in the lineup."



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