Feb. 14, 2006
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Friday, Feb. 17 - at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18 - at Fresno State, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10 - at Southern Oregon, W, 31-12
The UC Davis wrestling team took a 31-12 road win over non-conference opponent Southern Oregon on Friday evening in Ashland... Three Aggies won their matches by fall starting with Derek Moore at 141-pounds... Moore pinned Matt Holt one minute and 41 seconds into his match... Moore has posted a season record of 17-3 overall and has won six matches by fall, second best on the team... Jesse Padilla followed with a win by fall over Joey Jannsen executed three minutes and 57 seconds into the 149-pound match-up... Frank Richmond had the third pin of the evening as he defeated Jimmy Grochowsky in 4:05... Richmond is 14-4 overall this season and has won four matches by fall... At 125-pounds, Marcos Orozco took a 15-4 major decision win over Junior Valladolid... Jon Clark, Eliot Kelly and Broc Maffia each collected wins as well on Friday... UC Davis slipped in the Pac-10 team rankings this week to No. 7, the Aggies highest ranking this season was No. 3 which they held onto for three weeks in late December and early January... Omar Gaitan, Moore, Richmond, Tyler Bernacchi and Kelly all continue to be ranked amongst the top-six in the Pac-10 for their respective weight classes.... Ken Cook recieved a season-high No. 7 ranking in this week's NWCA Coache's Poll... Cook has posted a season record of 19-4 and has gone 8-1 in duals... Moore has dropped slightly in the NWCA poll to No. 10 for 141-pounders.
The Aggies will head to Cal Poly on Friday to take on the Mustangs. Cal Poly is currently ranked second in the Pac-10 and 21st nationally by the USA Today/NWCA/Intermat Division I Coaches Poll. The Cal Poly lineup boasts nine wrestlers ranked in the Pac-10 and four ranked nationally. Cal Poly recently ended a five-match losing streak last weekend when they took wins over San Francisco State and Pac-10 foe Stanford. The Cal Poly season record currently stands at 8-7 overall and the Mustangs are 4-3 in the Pac-10. A key match-up will be at 133-pounds with the Pac-10's No. 5 Gaitan taking on No. 2 Darrell Vasquez who is currently ranked No. 4 nationally and has gone undefeated this season in the Pac-10. At 141-pounds, the Pac-10's No. 3 David Roberts will face No. 2 Moore. No. 13 Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly will face Bernacchi at 184-pounds. Kelly, who has posted an overall record of 20-11 this season, will most likely face No. 14 Matt Montiero. Cal Poly has the 17-1 series advantage over the Aggies with the lone UC Davis win coming last season in a 19-17 victory.
On Saturday, UC Davis will be at Fresno State where they will take on the Bulldogs. Fresno has posted a season record of 4-9 this season and has taken on several Pac-10 teams as well as five nationally ranked teams including No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 6 Illinois. Fresno was last in action against Arizona State where the Bulldogs came away with a 46-9 loss. The lone winners for Fresno were Cory Borges (125) who won by forfeit and Greg Gifford who upset No. 12 C.B. Dollaway in a 7-5 overtime decision in the 184-pound match-up.
HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"Last weekend (against Southern Oregon) was kind of a nice break. We wrestled well and had some tough performances. We did a lot of good things during the match."
"Cal Poly is always a big dual and is probably our biggest rivalry. Last year was the only time we have beat them and they are ranked second in the Pac-10, so we will do what we can. It will be a tough match."
"We should be able to take Fresno. They are usually a pretty tough team so there will be some key individual matches."