Wrestling Heads To Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 26, 2002
2001-02 Season In Review...
This year's Cardinal squad put up impressive numbers. With 10 wins this season, Stanford has put itself in position to take a run at the Pac-10 Championships. Led by redshirt freshman Matt Gentry at 149, the Cardinal is stacked with many weapons. Gentry recorded 32 wins this season, four by pins. It is the most successful season ever by a Stanford freshman and he looks to finish the year with an outstanding postseason. Senior Levi Weikel-Magden returns to the Pac-10's, this time at 157. After notching fifth place at 141 at the conference championships in 2001, he is ready to make a run at his new weight this weekend. Also returning for another shot at placing in the conference is junior Harold Penson (184) and senior Brad Selby (285). Sophomore Nathan Peterson is recovered from a midseason injury and is ready to take on Pac-10 opponents at 125.
125: Sophomore Nathan Peterson jumped out to a great start for the Cardinal this year, but was hampered by a midseason injury. Peterson returned to the lineup in time to pick up his 19th win. After a nine-win season as a freshman, Peterson came into his second year on The Farm expecting to start. He did just that and notched two pins in addition to one technical fall. Peterson finished 2nd in the California Open and 7th in the Las Vegas Invitational. Against Pac-10 opponents, Peterson recorded two conference wins and is coming off a 6-1 decision over Portland State's Zac Enoch.
133: Junior Justin Walker recorded 18 wins this season, including three pins and one technical fall. Walker, who led the Cardinal in wins (25) and team points (66) in 2001, is one of the returning starters. Walker came back to the mat and made an immediate impact, posting a 3rd place finish at the California Open. He followed up that performance with a 4th place finish at the All Cal Invitational late in the season. Walker has posted two Pac-10 wins this season including an 11-3 major decision over Portland State's Stuart Eggerton in the final dual of the season.
141: Redshirt freshman Brad Metzler has made a big difference for the Cardinal this year. In a tightly contested weight, Metzler took over the starting position in January at the Lone Star Duals and never looked back. He posted a 3-2 record against Pac-10 opponents and 14 wins overall. He earned third place at the Aggie Open, defeating two UC Davis wrestlers en route to the 5-1 showing. Metzler has momentum behind him with wins in the final two regular season meets.
149: Redshirt freshman Matt Gentry took over the 149 spot during the 2001-02 season and dominated. He posted a 32-8 record, becoming the first freshman in school history to tally 30 wins in a season. He leads the team in wins (32), pins (4) and team points (115.50). Gentry was 6-1 in the Pac-10, his only loss a 6-4 decision to Oregon's Tony Overstake in the second meet of the year. Gentry placed third at the California Open in November with a 5-1 record and then snagged second place at the Aggie Open in January. In February, Gentry went undefeated at the All Cal Invitational to take first place. Gentry has won 14 consecutive matches and closed out the regular season by pinning Portland State's Casey Banks.
157: Senior Levi Weikel-Magden made his last season on The Farm memorable. With 25 victories, Weikel-Magden more than doubled his win total from last season and posted a 6-1 conference record also. He opened the season with a 7-3 loss to Oregon's Branson Phillips, but rebounded - winning his next six conference matches. He finished second at the Aggie Open and grabbed first place at the All Cal Invitational. He has won 11 straight bouts and is currently ranked 4th in the conference. In 2001, Weikel-Magden took sixth place at the Pac-10 Championships at 141.
165: Sophomore John Garfinkel, a second year starter, recorded 14 wins this season, including three in Pac-10 bouts. He has four victories in his last five matches, including a 5-2 win over Portland State's Shawn Keinonen to close out the season. He finished fourth at the California Open and took third place at the All Cal Invitational.
174: Freshman Imad Kharbush made an immediate impact on the Cardinal wrestling program. He earned the starting spot in the preseason and notched 15 wins in his rookie campaign. In January, he tallied eight consecutive wins and took first place at the Aggie Open. He has two conference wins, and although just a freshman, will look to shake things up at the Pac-10 Championships.
184: Junior Harold Penson has 15 wins on the year and a fourth place finish at the California Open. With two conference victories under his belt this season, Penson, who has two pins on the year, will be ready for the stiff competition at this weight class in Corvallis.
197: Sophomore Matt Twomey grabbed four wins this season, one of which was a conference victory. He has two pins and two decisions. Twomey competed at the Pac-10 Championships last season and will rely on his experience although only a sophomore.
285: Senior Brad Selby capped off his Stanford career with eight wins, including one fall. The Cardinal's top placewinner at the Pac-10's in 2001 (fifth), Selby is ready to face off at Oregon State. He has five conference wins this season and is on a roll, taking wins in five of his last six bouts including three straight conference matches.