Dec. 5, 2006
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Friday, Dec. 8 - at San Francisco State , 7:00 p.m.
Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, 12th out of 47
Derek Moore continued his impressive early season start as he claimed the 141-pound championship at last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Moore claimed major decisions over Corey Manson of Cornell and Rafael Chavez of Stanford and an 11-7 decision over Kyle Larson of Oregon State in the quarterfinals on the first day. Moore pinned Dave Roberts of Cal Poly in 4:06 in the semifinals and then earned a major decision over Dominick Moyer of Nebraska to become the first Aggie to win the Las Vegas Invite. The five victories put Moore's record this year at a perfect 11-0.
Ken Cook was the only other Aggie to place at the highly competitive tournament as pinned Doug Umbehauer of Rider in 53 seconds in the 5th-place match. Cook also pinned Garth Wara of Cal State Bakersfield.
The Aggies had two other wrestlers still alive after the first day of competition in 197-pounder Eliot Kelly and 165-pounder Dustin Noack.
After the successful showing at the Las Vegas Invite, the Revwrtestling.com rankings bumped UC Davis up to No. 19. The website also ranked Moore No. 2 in 141 while Cooks sits No. 4 in 174. Moore is also No. 2 in the NWCA rankings.
UC Davis will make the trek down to San Francisco on Friday to face off with the San Francisco State Gators at 7:00 p.m. This marks the Aggies second dual meet of the 2006-07 season. The Gators have lost all four of their dual meets this season.
Last season the Aggies defeated the Gators 24-12 behind victories in six of the 10 matches. Marcos Orozco tallied three two-point near-falls to earn a 15-1 major decision at 125. Omar Gaitan also gained a major decision (15-5) off a three-point near-fall and four takedowns.
HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Last Week's Las Vegas Invite: "We had a couple guys who couldn't compete at that tournament, so that slowed us a little. We finished in the top-12, which is good because that's a tough group of teams that we stayed up with. Derek (Moore) was the first Aggie to win there and Cook took fifth, so we're happy about that. And Eliot Kelly and Dustin Noack were only one win away from placing. From a coaching standpoint, we could've done better and we have some issues we need to work on. We lost a lot of really close matches and we needed to capitalize more, but overall we did well."
On San Francisco State: "San Francisco State is struggling right now, but we don't take any team lightly. We have to be ready to go. We're going to try to work on some of the areas where we need improvement. I'm looking forward to getting down there and working on some of those issues."