Name: Ricky Alcala
Hometown: Arvin, Calif.
Weight: 285 lbs.
Major: Spanish; Exercise Biology
Raised in a family of 10 children, Ricky Alcala was one of three to actually graduate from high school.
Once at UC Davis, Alcala brought his hard work and discipline to the wrestling mat, and the result was instant success.
Alcala started the season going 6-0 in conference duals, including a nail-biter against Nick Smith of Boise State that went into multiple overtime periods. The heavyweights pushed a 1-1 stalemate into four overtimes until Alcala finally scored a takedown with nine seconds remaining to win the match 4-2.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 285-pound freshman went 18-16 overall with 21 dual points and two pins, and he will look to build on those numbers next season in his sophomore campaign