No. 13 Aggie Wrestling Caps 2006 With Trip To Reno

The Aggies will compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Wednesday before taking the rest of the month off to train.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
The Aggies will compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Wednesday before taking the rest of the month off to train. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Dec. 18, 2006

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Friday, Dec. 20 - at Reno Tournament of Champions, All Day

No Competition (Defeated SF State, 35-6, on Dec. 8)

The Aggies earned victories in eight of the 10 bouts against San Francisco State on December 8 to earn a dominant 35-6 victory. Tyler Bernacchi, Eliot Kelly and Marcos Orozco each scored falls in their respective weight classes while Ken Cook and Omar Gaitan earned major decisions to lead the Aggies over the Gators.

San Francisco jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind a victory in the opening 157-pound bout, but the Aggies rebounded with impressive performances across the board as they won eight of the next nine bouts to outscore the Gators 35-3.

After Kyle Dubs' first victory of the season evened the score at 3-3, the Aggies went on a dominant run in which they won five of the next six matches by fall or major decision.

Cook began the impressive run as he earned an 11-3 major decision at 174 before Bernacchi and Kelly earned back-to-back fall victories at 185 and 197, respectively. Orozco earned a third fall victory one match later at 125 and Gaitan secured a major decision (17-5) at 133 to cap the impressive run.

UC Davis will compete for the final time in 2006 as they travel up to Reno, Nev. on Wednesday to compete against top-tier teams at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The self-dubbed "toughest tournament in the USA" will give the Aggies their first look at conference competition as all of the Pacific-10 schools will be there.

Last season Ken Cook and Tyler Bernacchi earned championships at the Tournament of Champions in their respective weight divisions. Due to injury, Bernacchi and No. 2-ranked Derek Moore will not compete at the tournament this year. On the opposite end, sophomore Jon Clark will be back in action this weekend for the first time this season.

The Aggies will return to competition in 2007 as they travel to Stanford to take on three teams, which includes the Cardinal in the evening finale.

HEAD COACH Lennie Zalesky
On Week of Training: "We spent most of this past week just trying to get through finals. It's been a hectic week because we've been pulled apart by our guys being at different finals, but academics always come first. Aside from that we've been working on different areas with every guy because they've all got their own individual area that they need to improve on. We also continue to work on our fitness."

On Reno Tournament: "It's always a test when you go and compete at a tough tournament like Reno. We'll be missing a couple of our top guys and that takes away some of our team points, but that's not our emphasis this week. Our emphasis is continuing to improve and staying healthy for the Pac-10 and National Championships at the end of the year. We need to be healthy to do well."