Cook Only Aggie Still Standing At NCAA Championships

Junior Derek Moore's third NCAA tournament appearance was cut short by a medical forfeit on Friday morning. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 
Junior Derek Moore's third NCAA tournament appearance was cut short by a medical forfeit on Friday morning. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 

March 17, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Junior Derek Moore's road at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships was cut short early on Friday as he medical forfeited a consolation match versus Kevin Artis of UNC-Greensborough, ending his third tournament appearance. Senior Ken Cook lost his first match-up of the day in the quarterfinals to the No. 2 seed Jake Herbert of Northwestern but is still alive in the tournament's consolation bracket and will wrestle tonight against James Younushonis of Penn State at Oklahoma City's Ford Center.

No. 7 seed Cook started Friday off with the tough loss in the quarterfinals to Herbert of Northwestern. Herbert grabbed a takedown in the first 15 seconds of the match to take an early lead and collect over a minute of riding time. Cook scored his first point on an escape which he followed with a takedown, but Herbert scored on a reversal and continued to collect riding time through the rest of the period.

Herbert scored on an escape and takedown in the second period to seal the 10-5 win by decision and forcing Cook into the consolation wrestleback bracket. Next up for Cook in the consolation bracket is Younushonis, who Cook pinned earlier in the season at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

No. 8 seeded Moore won his first match on Thursday, but dropped into the 141-pound consolation bracket following a loss by fall to Brandon Rader of West Virginia in the second round. Moore medical forfeited his first consolation round match on Friday to Artis of UNC-Greensborough.

This was Moore's third NCAA tournament appearance, he had come within one match of All-American status the last two seasons. Moore, who won the Pac-10 title at 141-pounds in February, ends the season with a record of 23-4 overall and 21-4 in NCAA countable matches. Moore's 64 career wins ranks seventh in the UC Davis wrestling record books.

2006 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS - Session III
Oklahoma City's Ford Center
UC Davis results only.

No. 8 Derek Moore (141) - WB3: med. forfeit to Kevin Artis (UNC-Greensborough).

No. 7 Ken Cook (174) - QF: lost to dec. to No. 2 Jake Herbert (Northwestern), 10-5.