Aggies Go Winless In First Round At NCAA Championships

Ronnie Silva lost a close 5-4 matchup to Andy Roy of Rutgers.
Ronnie Silva lost a close 5-4 matchup to Andy Roy of Rutgers.

March 17, 2005

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Seventh-seeded Andy Roy of Rutgers scored a late escape against UC Davis 174-pounder Ronnie Silva to post a 5-4 win at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning, one of four setbacks suffered by Aggies in the first round.

Derek Moore (133) lost to top-seeded Travis Lee of Cornell in his first match for the second consecutive year as Lee pinned the UC Davis sophomore in 1 minutes, 51 seconds. Jeff Bristol (141) also faced a highly seeded opponent as No.2 Teyon Ware of Oklahoma scored a 19-2 technical fall. Senior Brandon Bear (184) also dropped his opening-round matchup, falling to Ben Wissel of Purdue, 8-2.

Each of the UC Davis wrestlers move into the wrestleback bracket where they will continue competition this evening. Last season, Moore lost his first match before battling back to within one match of becoming the program's first All-America.

On Thursday, Silva and Roy battled close throughout their match. Roy got an early takedown which Silva responded to with an escape. The wrestlers battled to a 4-4 tie late into the third period but Roy was awarded an escape with 25 seconds remaining to advance with the one-point win.

Silva, who is making his first appearance at the national championship tournament, won't leave the Roy family behind in his next match as he'll face Andy Roy's brother, Nick, in the wrestleback. Nick Roy, who wrestles at Michigan, lost to No.10 E.K. Waldhaus of Oklahoma, 6-1, in his opening bout.

Bear, in his second conecutive national tournament, trailed Wissel 2-1 after the first period but Wissel tallied an escape and a quick takedown early in the second period for a 5-1 lead. A third-period escape by Bear made it 5-2 but another takedown by Wissel and riding time propelled him to the 8-2 win.

Bear will next face T.J. Morrison of Rider in the wrestleback. Rider lost 2-1 to fourth-seeded Eric Bradley of Penn State.

Bristol is another UC Davis wrestler in his first NCAA Championship meet. The second-seeded Ware took early control of the matchup, scoring early and posting a late near-fall to end the bout by a 19-2 technical fall with just three seconds remaining. Ware won the 2003 NCAA title at 141 pounds.

Bristol will continue this evening when he faces Jake Kriegbaum of Air Force, a 7-3 loser to Jason Jones of Appalachian State.

Moore lost to Lee by a fall for the second straight season and will try to keep his hopes alive on Thursday evening when he faces Kyle McCarthy of Sacred Heart. McCarthly lost a technical fall to David Hoffman of Virginia Tech, 19-4. Lee continues on, looking for his second national championship after winning the 125-pound title in 2003.

UC Davis has four competitors at the national championships for the second straight year, a contingent that matches its largest representation at the national tournament. The NCAA Championships continue through Saturday.

St. Louis, Mo.
UC Davis results only

Derek Moore (133) - lost fall to (1) Travis Lee (Cornell), 1:51

Jeff Bristol (141) - lost tech fall to (2) Teyon Ware (Oklahoma), 19-2 (6:57)

Ronnie Silva (174) - lost dec. to (7) Andy Roy (Rutgers), 5-4

Brandon Bear (184) - lost dec. to Ben Wissel (Purdue), 8-2

Session II Schedule
Derek Moore vs. Kyle McCarthy (Sacred Heart)
Jeff Bristol vs. Jake Kriegbaum (Air Force)
Ronnie Silva vs. Nick Roy (Michigan)
Brandon Bear vs. T.J. Morrison (Rider)