Moore, Zalesky, Giesen and Halsey Win Pac-10 Wrestling Awards
March 29, 2007
2007 PAC-10 WRESTLING AWARDS:
UC DAVIS' DEREK MOORE NAMED WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
UC DAVIS' LENNIE ZALESKY NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
STANFORD'S ZACK GIESEN AND CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD'S BRANDON HALSEY NAMED CO-FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- UC DAVIS senior Derek Moore has been named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, UC DAVIS' Lennie Zalesky garners Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, and CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD'S Brandon Halsey and Stanford's Zack Giesen share the Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year award, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
PAC-10 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR - DEREK MOORE, UC DAVIS
Moore, a senior from Redding, Calif., capped off a perfect 24-0 season by winning the NCAA title at 141-pounds on March 17 in Auburn Hills, Mich. Moore came to the NCAA Championships as the No. 2 seed, but left no doubts as to the identity of the real top wrestler when he crushed No. 1-seed Ryan Lang of Northwestern with a 17-2 technical fall at the 5:41 mark of the final match. Lang, who had been undefeated heading into the final, was the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the nation all season at 141 pounds, a two-time All-American and Big Ten champion. For his dominant performance, Moore was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the NCAA Championships. Moore is the first UC Davis student-athlete to capture an NCAA national championship at the Division-I level, and becomes the first UC Davis wrestler to earn All-American status. His perfect season also included his second-consecutive Pac-10 Championship at 141 pounds, becoming the first Aggie to take back-to-back Conference crowns, and the first to go undefeated in a season. Moore ends his historical career with a record of 92-21. He is the first UC Davis wrestler to be named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - LENNIE ZALESKY, UC DAVIS
Zalesky, in his sixth year at UC Davis, guided the Aggies to unprecedented heights in both the Conference and on the national stage. Zalesky coached Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year Derek Moore to the program's first national championship and undefeated season by an individual. But the Aggies were hardly a one-man show this season. A school-record seven Aggies placed at the Pac-10 Championships in February, helping UC Davis finish a program-best third overall with 96.5 points, also a record. Five Aggies earned bids to the NCAA Championships, including Moore at 141-pounds, Marcos Orozco (125), Omar Gaitan (133), Dustin Noack (165), and Ken Cook (175). The group combined for 10 wins and 29 points, putting UC Davis in a three-way tie for 22nd place, another new record. UC Davis was the top placing team from the Pac-10 at the national meet. Under Zalesky's watch, UC Davis has earned its first four Conference champions, and sent 21 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships. By comparison, UC Davis sent only eight wrestlers to the D-I national meet in its first eight years of membership (1993-2001). Zalesky becomes the first UC Davis coach to earn Coach of the Year honors.
CO-PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - ZACK GIESEN, STANFORD
Giesen, a true freshman at 184-pounds, planned to redshirt the season until injuries forced him into action. Instead of easing his way into collegiate wrestling, Giesen wound up wrestling a whopping 45 matches, going 29-16 overall. Giesen came in second at the Pac-10 Championships, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Mich. A native of Grants Pass, Ore., Giesen was second on the Cardinal with a 12-4 dual record, scoring 45.0 points for Stanford. His 29 wins are the third-most for a freshman in Stanford history. Giesen also strung together a 12-match win-streak from Jan. 5-Feb. 11. He is the second Cardinal to win Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, joining Matt Gentry who earned the award in 2002.
CO-PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - BRANDON HALSEY, CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
Halsey, a redshirt sophomore, came to Cal State Bakersfield from Fresno State after the Bulldogs dropped their program in the summer of 2006. Halsey thrived in his first season of Pac-10 competition, winning the Pac-10 title at 197 pounds with a 10-7 decision over Cal Poly's Matt Monteiro in the final. Halsey then made his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, and shocked observers by upsetting the division's top-seed, Maxwell Askren of Missouri, in the first round with a 5-4 decision. Halsey fell in the second round to Michigan's Nick Roy, finishing with a 28-9 record for the year. Halsey, a native of Vista, Calif., is the first Cal State Bakersfield wrestler to win Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.
PAC-10 WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR1976 Tom Brown, WASH, 158 Greg Gibson, ORE, HWT1977 Larry Bielenberg, OSU, HWT1978 Dan Hicks, OSU, 1421979 Fred Bohna, UCLA, HWT1980 Howard Harris, OSU, HWT1981 Marty Ryan, OSU, 1501982 Bill Nugent, ORE, 1421983 Gary Bohay, ASU, 1261984 Jim Baumgardner, OSU, 1901985 Eddie Urbano, ASU, 1501986 Adam Cohen, ASU, 1501987 Mike Davies, ASU, 1901988 Mike Davies, ASU, 1901989 Dan St. John, ASU, 1581990 Dan St. John, ASU, 1671991 Paul Keysaw, CSUB, 1901992 Ray Miller, ASU, 1581993 Ray Miller, ASU, 1581994 Babak Mohammadi, OSU, 1341995 Les Gutches, OSU, 1771996 Les Gutches, OSU, 1771997 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT1998 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT1999 Stephen Neal, CSUB, HWT2000 Steve Blackford, ASU, 1652001 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1412002 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1412003 Eric Larkin, ASU, 1492004 Matt Gentry, STAN , 1572005 Cain Velasquez, ASU, HWT2006 Ben Cherrington, BSU, 1572007 Derek Moore, UCD, 141
PAC-10 COACHES OF THE YEAR1976 Dale Thomas, OSU1977 Dale Thomas, OSU1978 Darren Sipe, WASH1979 Bobby Douglas, ASU1980 Ron Finley, ORE1981 Bobby Douglas, ASU1982 Ron Finley, ORE1983 Dale Thomas, OSU1984 Dale Thomas, OSU1985 Bobby Douglas, ASU1986 Bobby Douglas, ASU1987 Bobby Douglas, ASU1988 Bobby Douglas, ASU1989 Bobby Douglas, ASU1990 Bobby Douglas, ASU1991 T.J. Kerr, CSUB1992 Mark Johnson, OSU1993 Lee Roy Smith, ASU1994 Joe Wells, OSU1995 Joe Wells, OSU1996 T.J. Kerr, CSUB1997 T.J. Kerr, CSUB Lee Roy Smith, ASU1998 Lee Roy Smith, ASU1999 Mike Young, BSU2000 Mike Young, BSU2001 Lee Roy Smith, ASU2002 Mike Young, BSU2003 Thom Ortiz, ASU2004 Steve Buddie, STAN2005 Thom Ortiz, ASU2006 Thom Ortiz, ASU2007 Lennie Zalesky, UCD
PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR2000 TJ Hill, CSF2001 Jed Pennell, OSU2002 Matt Gentry, STAN2003 Ryan Halsey, CP2004 Darrell Vasquez, CO2005 Andrew Hochstrasser, BSU2006 Tyler Sherfey, BSU2007 Zack Giesen, STAN Brandon Halsey, CSUB