Dec. 8, 2005
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Friday, Dec. 9 - vs. SAN FRANCISCO STATE, 7PM
Dec. 2-3 - at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, 18th of 52 teams
The UC Davis wrestling team finished 18th out of 52 teams competing at last weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational... The Aggies were led by Derek Moore who won five straight matches to advance to the championship match in the 141 pound weight class... Moore was pinned by Michigan's Josh Churella with 13 seconds left to go in the championship match to finish the tournament in second place... Moore started the tournament with two consecutive wins by fall against Nick Conklin of Eastern Michigan and Erik Fitzpatrick of San Francisco State... Moore also had a win by technical fall over John Manarte of Hofstra... Ken Cook wrestled his way to the 174 pound seventh-place match and ended the tournament with in eighth place... Cook had three wins by major decision during the tournament against Dusty Wilking of Augustana, Luke Hogle of Cornell and Charlie Pipher of Western State... In the Dec. 6 USA Today/NWCA/InterMat NCAA Division I Poll, Derek Moore was ranked No. 6 nationally for 141 pounders... Moore is currently 10-1 on the season and 8-1 in NCAA countable matches, he also leads the team in wins by fall with four... Cook has an overall record of 7-3 annd is tied with Omar Gaitan for most major decision wins this season with three apiece... Heading into Friday's dual, the Aggies have a 1-1 dual record and a 1-0 Pac-10 record.
The Aggies will host their first home dual of the season this Friday, Dec. 9 against the San Francisco State Gators. The Gators are currently 0-2 in duals this season with losses against Stanford and Western State. SF State also participated in last weekend's Las Vegas Invitational where they placed 50th overall.
The last time the Aggies faced the Gators was in a dual match last season where UC Davis captured a 32-14 win with wins in seven weight classes. Friday's dual will begin at 7 p.m. at UC Davis' Hickey Gym.
HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Las Vegas Invitational: "I think placing in the Top 20 as a team at one of the three toughest tournaments of the year is very admirable and we feel good about how we finished. Having Derek Moore in the finals and him losing to an All-American after leading for the majority of the match shows that as a program we are moving up."
On San Francisco State: "They always have some good wrestlers, so we will see how we fair against them."