Freshman Matt Gentry Advances to Championship Final at Pac-10 Wrestling Championships

March 2, 2002

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Stanford dropped to seventh place with 37 team points at the Pac-10 Conference Championships, but freshman Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley) advanced to the championship match at 149. Four Cardinal wrestlers will compete tomorrow on the final day.

Gentry finished the day at 2-0 with decisions over Matt Cox (Cal Poly) and Thomas Juarez (CSUB). He will face top-seeded Collin Robertson (Boise State) in the championship bout tomorrow. Robertson is also 2-0 after the first day of competition and posted one fall and a 5-1 decision over his opponents. Gentry and Robertson faced each other in the championship match at the Aggie Open on January 12. Robertson took the match in a 10-7 decision.

Sophomore Nathan Peterson (Georgetown, IN/Floyd Central) posted a 3-1 record to put himself in the consolation semifinals tomorrow at 125. Peterson began the day with a major decision over Oregon State's Michael Delaney, but dropped his next match to fourth-seeded Matt Sanchez (CSUB). He fought back in Session II, with a 7-3 win over UC Davis' Tommy Schurkamp and a 5-2 decision over Cal Poly's Justin Picahrdo. He will face the two-seed Mike Simpson of Arizona State tomorrow morning. Peterson and Simpson wrestled earlier this season at the Las Vegas Invitational in December. Simpson earned a 7-1 decision.

Freshman Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside) and senior Levi Weikel-Magden (Boardman, OR/Riverside) will also face off in the consolations semifinals tomorrow at 141 and 157, respectively. Metzler and Weikel-Magden both dropped their afternoon matches to Oregon wrestlers. Brian Watson took a 7-2 decision over Metzler, while second-seeded Tony Overstake handed Weikel-Magden a 13-4 loss. Metzler will meet Ryan Meloche (CSUB) and Weikel-Magden will square off against top-seeded Rocky Smart (Arizona State) who was upset in his first match of the day.

Competition resumes at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 3. Session III includes consolation semifinals and fifth-place and third-place finals. Session IV begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday and includes the championship finals.

Team Standings:

Team Standings:

1.

Oregon

90

2.

Boise State

85

3.

Arizona State

80

4.

Oregon State

67.5

5.

Cal Poly

65

6.

UC Davis

49.5

7.

Stanford

37

8.

Cal State Bakersfield

32.5

9.

Portland State

25.5

10.

Cal State Fullerton

22



Pac-10 Championships
March 2, 2002 - Sessions 1&2
Stanford Results:


125 - Nathan Peterson (3-1): dec. Michael Delaney (OSU), 9-1, lost to Matt Sanchez (CSUB), 9-5, dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 7-3, dec. Justin Pichardo (CP), 5-2.
133 - Justin Walker (0-2): lost to Efren Ceballos (CSUB), 10-6, lost to Nathan Ybarra (CP), 6-5.
141 - Brad Metzler (1-1): inj. def. over Casey Horn (OSU), 2:51, lost to Brian Watson (O), 7-2.
149 - Matt Gentry (2-0): dec. Matt Cox (CP), 4-2, dec. Thomas Juarez (CSUB), 3-1.
157 - Levi Weikel-Magden (1-1): dec. Leo Sanchez (CSUF), 7-3, lost to Tony Overstake (O), 13-4.
165 - John Garfinkel (0-2): lost to Chris Carlino (CSUF), 8-3, lost to Jed Pennell (OSU), 6-1.
174 - Imad Kharbush (1-2): lost to Pat Owens (BS), 10-6, maj. dec. Steffan Weiner (UCD), 14-4, lost to Shane Webster (O), 14-3.
184 - Harold Penson (1-2): lost to Jeremy Wilson (PS), 7-3, maj. dec. Scott O'Rear (CSUB), 18-6, lost to Tony D'Amico (BS), 11-6.
197 - Matt Twomey (0-2): lost to Ronnie Silva (UCD), 4-1, lost to Edgar Hernandez (CSUF), 20-7.
285 - Brad Selby (0-2): lost to Eric Webb (O), 12-2, lost to Flynn Ficker (UCD), 4-3.

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