Aggies Head To Stanford For Pac-10 Conference Championships

Senior Frank Richmond and nine other Aggies will head to Stanford to compete in the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Championships being held on Sunday and Monday.
Senior Frank Richmond and nine other Aggies will head to Stanford to compete in the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Championships being held on Sunday and Monday.

Feb. 23, 2006

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Sunday, Feb. 26 - at Pac-10 Championships, All Day
Monday, Feb. 27 - at Pac-10 Championships, All Day

Friday, Feb. 17 - at Cal Poly, L, 7-28
Saturday, Feb. 18 - at Fresno State, W, 32-13

The Aggie wrestlers split their final duals of the season last weekend, coming up short against Pac-10 rival Cal Poly on Friday evening, 28-7 and then rebounding on Saturday with a 32-13 win over non-conference opponent Fresno State... Derek Moore was the only Aggie to post two wins over the weekend with a 13-5 major decision over Cal Poly's David Roberts and a win by fall four minutes and nine seconds into his match-up with Fresno State's Garrett Spooner... Marcos Orozco had the only other UC Davis victory during the Cal Poly dual with a 8-3 decision over John Hanks in the 125-pound match-up... Against Fresno State, Omar Gaitan, Jesse Padilla, Jon Clark and Eliot Kelly all completed the dual season with a win in their weight class... Dustin Noack and Frank Richmond each took wins by forfeit... The Aggies end the dual season with an 8-9 record.

UC Davis will head to Stanford this weekend for the Pac-10 Conference Championships being held this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 26 & 27 in Maples Pavilion on Stanford's campus. The 10 Aggies competing this weekend will not only be competing for conference titles, but also for the chance to be one of 39 wrestlers from the conference to advance to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships which will be held on March 16-18 at the Downtown Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. Wrestling at the Pac-10 Championships will begin at 11 a.m. both days with the championship finals beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Last season the Aggies edged Cal Poly out by one point to take fourth place at the championships despite being the only school without a wrestler in the finals, Arizona State took the top finish in the tournament. The Aggies' fourth place finish was the best in program history and they had a record seven placewinners at last season's tournament including current wrestlers Derek Moore, Jeff Bristol and Frank Richmond. Richmond took fifth while Bristol and Moore each took third place and advanced to the NCAA championships. In UC Davis program history only one wrestler, current assistant coach Jeremiah Jarvis, has taken first place at the Pac-10 tournament.

This season the Aggies have wrestled all Pac-10 teams in dual action and come away with a 4-5 conference record. UC Davis took victories over Cal State Fullerton, Stanford, Oregon and Portland State. The Aggies came up short against Arizona State, Cal State Bakersfield, Oregon State, Boise State and Cal Poly. Arizona State has been ranked at the top of the Pac-10 for the entire season and the Sun Devils have posted a perfect 8-0 Pac-10 record this season.

125 POUNDS: Redshirt freshman Marcos Orozco, who has represented UC Davis at 125-pounds for all 17 duals this season, will participate in his first Pac-10 championship. Orozco has posted a season record of 10-16 in NCAA countable matches this season and is 4-5 in Pac-10 dual competition. Orozco was ranked in the top six of Pac-10 125-pounders for six consecutive weeks earlier this season and will look to end the season amongst the conference placewinners.

133 POUNDS: Junior Omar Gaitan, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the Pac-10 and was ranked fourth for seven consecutive weeks this season, is tied for most wins this season by an Aggie with 21 total. Gaitan is 21-8 this season in NCAA countable matches and is 7-2 in Pac-10 duals with losses coming against No. 2 Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly and No. 2 Bobby Pfennigs of Oregon State. Gaitan leads UC Davis in dual wins with 12 on the season which ties him for fourth on the UC Davis season dual wins list. This will be Gaitan's first Pac-10 championship appearance.

141 POUNDS: No. 9 nationally ranked 141-pounder, junior Derek Moore, will represent UC Davis for the third consecutive year at the Pac-10's. Moore is currently ranked second in the conference behind Oregon State's Kyle Larson, who he suffered a 7-3 loss to earlier this month. Moore has posted a NCAA countable record of 17-3 this season and is 19-3 overall. In Pac-10 dual action, Moore has posted a 7-1 record. Moore leads UC Davis this season in pins with seven, which ties him for seventh on the UC Davis season pins list with Jarvis. Moore is also currently seventh in the UC Davis record books for career wins, he has 60 total. Moore placed sixth at the 2004 Pac-10's and third last season, both years as a 133-pounder. Moore will be seeking his third consecutive NCAA championship berth, he has come within one match of All-American status during both of his NCAA tournament appearances.

149 POUNDS: One of two wrestlers will be representing the Aggies at 149-pounds, either junior Jeff Bristol or senior Jesse Padilla. Padilla has started for UC Davis in 10 duals this year and has posted an overall record of 7-9 this season, with a dual record of 5-5. Padilla represented the Aggies last season at the conference tournament, he wrestled at 157-pounds. Bristol has posted a season record of 10-1 this season and is 2-0 in Pac-10 action including an early season win over Cal State Fullerton's sixth ranked Teddy Astorga. Bristol placed third at 141-pounds at last year's conference championships and was one of four UC Davis wrestlers to compete at the NCAA tournament.

157 POUNDS: Sophomore Jon Clark will be making his first Pac-10 tournament appearance on Sunday. Clark has wrestled to an 11-13 overall record this season and has posted a 5-7 dual record and a 2-5 Pac-10 dual record as a late season starter. Despite only posting two conference wins this season, Clark has had some impressive performances this season with one-point losses to the Pac-10's No. 3 Tony Hook of Oregon State and No. 6 Ryan Williams of Cal Poly. Clark also had a narrow two-point loss while wrestling up a weight class at 165-pounds against the Pac-10's No. 2 Joey Bracamonte of Oregon.

165 POUNDS: Senior Frank Richmond will be making his third consecutive tournament appearance this year. Richmond has posted an overall record of 15-5 this season and is 3-2 in Pac-10 dual matches. Richmond is currently ranked No. 3 in the conference for 165-pounders. This season Richmond has climbed to third on the UC Davis career wins by fall list with 21 total in his four seasons with the Aggies, five pins were collected this season. Richmond will look to end his UC Davis career with his first NCAA tournament berth.

174 POUNDS: The nation's No. 6 Ken Cook will be representing the Aggies at 174-pounds. Cook, who is 19-4 overall on the season and has gone 3-0 in Pac-10 duals will look to capture the conference title as well as his first bid to the NCAA Championships. Cook currently leads the Aggies in major decision wins with nine on the season and is ranked second in the conference behind Jeremy Larson of Oregon State who he has yet to wrestle.

184 POUNDS: Redshirt freshman Tyler Bernacchi, who has started for the Aggies in all 17 duals this season, will take his 17-15 overall record into this weekend's tournament. Bernacchi has posted a record of 4-5 in Pac-10 duals and is currently ranked sixth in the conference, having been ranked as high as third this season. Bernacchi has seen a lot of success in tournaments this season, posting a team-high 11 tournament wins and taking third place at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

197 POUNDS: Junior Eliot Kelly is the third Aggie that has seen action in all of this season's dual matches. Kelly is tied with Gaitan for the most wins this season, he has captured 21 victories and 12 losses. Kelly leads the Aggies in technical falls with four on the season and he has posted a 5-4 Pac-10 record which has earned him the No. 5 conference ranking that he has held for eight straight weeks.

285 POUNDS: Rounding out the Aggie lineup is junior Broc Maffia. Maffia has been the primary starter for UC Davis in the heavyweight bracket for the majority of the season. Maffia has posted an overall record of 7-14 and has gone 2-3 in Pac-10 duals. This will be Maffia's first Pac-10 tournament appearance.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
"The Pac-10's will be an exciting culmination of the year. We are as ready as we possibly can be given all of the injuries we have faced lately. There are always a lot of matches that are determined by one or two points so we will just have to see how everything comes out. The guys are ready to go and they are excited."



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