Sacramento Bee: UC Davis wrestler triumphs over odds



March 27, 2007

By Marcos Breton, Bee Staff Writer

All week long, random motorists have pulled up alongside UC Davis wrestler Derek Moore and screamed: "Hey, Derek Moore! NCAA champion!"

A 23-year-old molecular and cellular biology major, Moore joyfully has gobbled up the love from becoming the first athlete from either UC Davis or Sacramento State to win an NCAA Division I championship.

Before 17,780 fans, Moore dominated heavily favored Ryan Lang of Northwestern last Saturday in the 141-pound division of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit.

It was an exhilarating moment for Moore, whose arms were raised in triumph as ESPN's cameras rolled -- though network announcers appeared to give Moore no shot against Lang, the Big Ten Conference champion.

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