March 28, 2007
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DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis wrestlers Dustin Noack, Tyler Bernacchi and Eliot Kelly have all earned spots on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams for their outstanding efforts both on the mat and in the classroom, it was announced today by Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen. To be eligible for the academic teams, the student-athletes must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Noack earns the second consecutive Second Team honors of his career as he finished his sophomore season with an overall record of 23-10. Noack accumulated 20 wins against NCAA-countable opponents, three pins, four major decisions, 41 dual points and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships for the first time in his collegiate career. At nationals, Noack rebounded after losing his first round match to eventual national champion Mark Perry of Iowa and reeled off three straight victories to advance to the 5th round of wrestlebacks. His 11 dual wins this season rank him eighth on the single season list.
Also claiming his second straight all-academic honors is Kelly, who again receives Honorable Mention as he led the team with 27 overall wins this season as the team's starter at 197 pounds. His 23 NCAA-countable victories rank 10th on the single season list while his .719 winning percentage (23-9) is also 10th on the list. Overall, the senior has racked up a 50-31 career record for a winning percentage of .617, which places him ninth all-time. Kelly also led the team this year with four technical falls to go along with four major decisions and two pins.
For the first time in his career, Bernacchi garners Honorable Mention honors after fighting through injuries to lead the Aggies from the 184-pound division as a sophomore. In only 15 matches this season, Bernacchi won nine times, pinned two opponents and was the No. 4 ranked conference 184-pounder heading into the Pac-10 Championships.
As a team the Aggies had one of the most successful seasons in program history as they set a slew of new team records, which included: most points at the Pac-10 Championship (96.5), best finish at the Pac-10 Championship (3rd), most points at nationals (29.5), best finish at nationals (T22), first-ever NCAA Division I National Champion, All-American, undefeated wrestler and NWCA national team ranking (25).