Brad Metzler Wins FILA Junior World Team Trials

May 29, 2001

Lincoln, Neb. - Four Stanford wrestlers competed at the Junior World Team Trials. Freshmen Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside), Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley), Sam Lofland (Scappoose, OR/Scappoose) and Scott Polley (Bonner Springs, KS/Bonner Springs) competed at the event. Metzler was the top finisher among the group - snagging first place at 63 kg. The win qualifies him to represent the USA in the FILA Junior World Championships in mid-August in Uzbekistan.

Metzler, competing with the Dave Shultz Wrestling Club, captured the gold medal in the Greco-Roman division of the Junior World Team Trials (ages 20 and under) at 63 kg (138.8 pounds) at the University of Nebraska. Metlzer dominated his weight class, ending his tournament run with a 12-0 technical fall over Tim Norman (Orange Crush) in the finals.

Gentry placed fifth in the Greco-Roman division at 69 kg (152.1 pounds) and also participated in the freestyle division of the Trials, making it through five tough rounds before being eliminated from medal contention. Also wrestling for the Schultz Club were future Stanford stars Lofland and Polley who wrestled five and four rounds respectively.

The Dave Schultz Wrestling Club, coached by Stanford head coach Chris Horpel, won the team title in Greco-Roman and finished second in freestyle.

Stanford Results at Junior World Team Trials:

Greco Roman:
63 kg: Brad Metzler (3-0) - def Zach Lamano (TAC), 10-1, def. Coyte Cooper (Hoosier WC), 9-7, def. Tim Norman (Orange Crush), by tech fall 12-0 in 5:47.

69 kg:Matt Gentry (3-2) - def. Kyle Couch (Orange Crush), by tech fall 11-0 in 1:10, lost to Robb Maxwell (TAC), 10-5, def. Trevor Hill (DSWC), 11-4, lost to James Woodall (Penn St.) by fall, 1:14, def. Nick Davis (DSWC), 6-5.

Freestyle:
69 kg:
Matt Gentry (3-2) - lost to James Woodall (Penn St.) by tech fall, 18-6 in 4:46, def. Jesse Jantzen (DSWC) by tech fall, 10-0 in 1:10, def. Jody Giuricich (DSWC), 10-2, def. Eric Novak (Illini), by tech. fall, 12-2 in 3:20, lost to Joe Johnston (E. Kansas), 11-4.

Sam Lofland (3-2) - def. Michael Allen (Bobcat WC) by fall in 2:44, lost to Leister Bowling (USC), 3-0, def. Zac Shaner (Pennsylvania), 9-0, def. Brett Fillmore (EMU), 7-0, lost to John Krulock (Penn St.) by tech. fall in 2:44.

Scott Polley (2-2) - def. Chas Vetter (Hawkeye WC), 13-8, def. Mitch Morgan (Boise St.) by fall in :20, lost to James Woodall (Penn St.) by fall in 1:18, lost to Jordan Barich (Orange Crush), 10-5.

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