Seven Aggies Still Alive At Pac-10 Wrestling Championships

Derek Moore is looking for a repeat trip to nationals. He's one of seven Aggies still alive at the Pac-10 Championships. <br> (Randy Martin)
Derek Moore is looking for a repeat trip to nationals. He's one of seven Aggies still alive at the Pac-10 Championships.
(Randy Martin)

Results from Day 1
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Feb. 27, 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Top-seeded Ronnie Silva and third-seeded Derek Moore each advanced to the semifinal rounds of their respective weight classes on Sunday before losing and will join five other UC Davis wrestlers in the consolation semifinals at the Pac-10 Conference Championships, hosted by Cal Poly.

UC Davis is in seventh place in the team standings with 53 points, just six points behind sixth-place Cal State Bakersfield and eight points in front of seventh-place Cal State Fullerton. Arizona State has 88 points and holds a 20-point lead over Oregon for first.

Besides Silva (174) and Moore (133), other Aggies needing two wins on Monday to secure a top-three finish and a berth at the NCAA Division I Championships in St. Louis, Mo., in March are Jeff Bristol (141), Daniel Murphree (149), Frank Richmond (165), Brandon Bear (184) and Reed Shelger (197)

Silva won a pair of major decisions over David Garcia of Cal State Bakersfield and Josh Gustafson of Portland State to advance to the semifinals of the 174-pound weight class. However, he was upset by fourth-seeded Jeremy Larson of Oregon State, 11-7, and will face Rick Renzi of Arizona State, hoping to earn a spot in the third-place match on Monday afternoon.

Moore opened his tournament with a 9-1 major decision against Paul Tice of Cal State Fullerton in the pigtail round and then pinned sixth-seeded Martin Mitchell of Oregon in 3 minutes, 49 seconds, before dropping a 13-7 decision to second-seeded Scott Jorgensen of Boise State. Moore will face John Espinoza of Arizona State in his consolation semifinal bout on Monday.

Four of UC Davis' wrestlers that are still alive won their opening matches during the two-day competition. Besides, Silva and Moore, fourth-seeded Brandon Bear posted an 11-3 major decision over Scott O'Rear of Cal State Bakersfield before falling to fifth-seeded Dan Pitsch of Oregon, 11-7, in the quarterfinals. He later rebounded to pin Jason Cates of Boise State in just 1:46 and will wrestle third-seeded Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly looking for a spot in the third-place match.

Reed Shelger (197) also opened the tournament with a win, pinning Jake Schneider of Portland State in 4:22 before second-seeded Ryan Bader of Arizona State scored an 18-4 major decision to send Shelger into the wrestleback bracket. Shelger stayed alive by pinning Travis Gardner of Oregon State in 3:16 and will battle fourth-seeded Landson Seefeldt of Cal State Fullerton in his consolation semifinal matchup.

Jeff Bristol (141) went 1-1 on the first day and will face Jeff Owens of Cal Poly in the consolation bracket on Monday, fourth-seeded Daniel Murphree (149) was upset 8-6 by fifth-seeded Anthony Baza of Cal Poly but rebounded to win a pair of matches to stay alive, and fifth-seeded Frank Richmond (165) lost a 5-2 bout to fourth-seeded Brody Barrios of Cal Poly before posting a technical fall victory over Scott Loeschler.

In consolation semifinal wrestling on Monday, Bristol will face Roberto Vargas of Cal State Bakersfield, Murphree will square off against fourth-seeded Jeff Owens of Cal Poly, and Richmond will battle sixth-seeded Dan Pitsch.

Poncho Manriquez (125) pinned Kip Watson in 1:37 to begin his action on Sunday but lost two matches and was eliminated. Jesse Padilla - who had to face defending national champion Matt Gentry of Stanford in his opener - was ousted in two matches along with heavyweight Flynn Ficker.

Consolation semifinals will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday with matches for third and fifth to begin later in the afternoon. The championship finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

UC Davis advanced four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships last season. Moore and Bear were in that group with Moore coming within one win of earning All-America honors.

The top three finishers in each weight class at the Pac-10 Championships are guaranteed spots at the national championship meet while 10 wild card berths will also be awarded.

San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Hosted by Cal Poly

TEAM (after 2 sessions) - 1. Arizona State, 88; 2. Oregon, 68; 3. Boise State, 66.5; 4. Cal Poly, 61.5; 5. Oregon State, 58; 6. Cal State Bakersfield, 56; 7. UC Davis, 53; 8. Cal State Fullerton, 45; 9. Stanford, 41; 10. Portland State, 26.0

UC Davis individual results
Francisco Manriquez (125) - (Pigtail): won by fall over Kip Watson (PSU), 1:37; (QF): lost tech fall to Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU), 16-0 (6:37); (WB2): lost dec. to Joey Lucas (UO), 9-8.

DEREK MOORE (133) - (Pigtail): won major dec. over Paul Tice (CSF), 9-1; (QF) won by fall over Martin Mitchell (ORE), 3:49; (SF): lost dec. Scott Jorgensen (BSU), 13-7.

Jeff Bristol (141) - (QF): lost dec. to Steve Esparza (CP), 3-1; (WB3): won dec. over Chris Hayworth (STN), 5-3.

Daniel Murphree (149) - (QF): lost dec. to Anthony Baza (CSUB), 8-6; (WB2) won by fall over Nick Cautrell (UO), 4:52; won dec. over Jeff Silva (CSF), 8-4.

Jesse Padilla (157) - (QF): lost tech fall to Matt Gentry (STN), 18-1 (6:39); (WB3): lost dec. Morgan Atkinson (CSF), 10-3.

Frank Richmond (165) - (QF): lost dec. to Brody Barrios (CO), 5-2; (WB3) won tech fall over Scott Loeschler (STN), 16-

Ronnie Silva (174) - (Pigtail): won major dec. over David Garcia (CSUB), 14-3; (QF): won by fall over Josh Gustafson (PSU), 1:38; (SF): lost dec. Jeremy Larson (OSU), 11-7.

Brandon Bear (184) - (Pigtail): won major dec. over Scott O'Rear (CSUB), 11-3; (QF): lost dec. to Dan Pitsch (OSU), 11-7; (WB3): won by fall over Jason Cates (BSU), 1:46.

Reed Shelger (197) - (Pigtail): won by fall over Jake Schneider (PSU), 4:22; (QF): lost major dec. to Ryan Bader (ASU), 18-4; (WB3) won by fall over Travis Gardner (OSU), 3:16.

Flynn Ficker (285) - (QF): lost major dec. to Cain Velasquez (ASU), 15-4; (WB3): lost dec. Eric Parker (CSUB), 12-6.