Three Aggie Wrestlers Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

Redshirt Freshman Dustin Noack was one of three UC Davis wrestlers to receive Pac-10 All-Academic team honors this season. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 
Redshirt Freshman Dustin Noack was one of three UC Davis wrestlers to receive Pac-10 All-Academic team honors this season. (Photo by Randy Martin)
 

April 3, 2006

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior David Espinosa and redshirt freshman Dustin Noack each earned Pac-10 second-team All-Academic honors while junior Eliot Kelly received a honorable mention nod, it was announced recently. To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 academic team, a student athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

In his four years with the Aggies, Espinosa compiled a career record of 10-13 and he placed third at the California Collegiate Invitational in 2005. Despite injuries during his career, Espinosa was one of the top 133-pounders for the Aggies and wrestled behind two of the top wrestlers in Aggie history, current assistant coach Urijah Faber and Pac-10 champion Derek Moore. Espinosa is a communication major at UC Davis.

Noack finished this season with a 3-8 record, all in dual action. Noack was a versatile member of the Aggie lineup as he started in three different weight classes throughout the season. Noack is an Animal Science major.

Honorable mention All-Academic team member Eliot Kelly served as the lone starter for the Aggies at 197-pounds this season and collected a season record of 22-15, posting the fourth most wins on the team this season. Kelly was one of only three UC Davis wrestlers to start in all 17 duals this season and he collected an 11-6 dual record. Kelly, a Japanese major, took fifth place this season at the Pac-10 championships.

UC Davis finished the season with a sixth place team finish the Pac-10 championships and had seven place winners including a record setting two conference champions, Moore and Ken Cook. The Aggies also tied their highest NCAA Division-I National Championships team finish coming in 40th with four wrestlers competing at the tournament.