Wrestling To Take On Cal Poly and Fresno State In Final Duals Of The Season

Senior Frank Richmond and the rest of the Aggies will finish their regular season on the road versus Cal Poly and Fresno State. UC Davis will compete in the Pac-10 Championships Feb. 26-27. (Photo by Randy Martin)
Senior Frank Richmond and the rest of the Aggies will finish their regular season on the road versus Cal Poly and Fresno State. UC Davis will compete in the Pac-10 Championships Feb. 26-27. (Photo by Randy Martin)

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."