Four Stanford Wrestlers Head To NCAA Championships
March 19, 2002
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2001-02 Season in Review...
This year's Cardinal squad put up impressive numbers across the board. With four wrestlers heading to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1997, Stanford is on a roll. Behind the leadership of first-year head coach Steve Buddie, the Cardinal finished seventh at the Pac-10 Championships and earned four NCAA bids. Stanford posted 10 wins this season, putting itself in position to excel at the conference championships. Led by redshirt freshman Matt Gentry at 149 pounds, the Cardinal is stacked with many weapons. Gentry has notched 34 wins this season, four by pins. He was the top finisher for Stanford at the Pac-10's, placing 2nd with a 2-1 record. Nathan Peterson came back from a mid-season injury to topple his opponents at the Pac-10 Championships en route to his first NCAA bid at 125 pounds. Senior Levi Weikel-Magden and redshirt freshman Brad Metzler are both headed to the NCAA's for the first time at 157 and 141 respectively after finishing fourth in their weight classes at the conference championships.
125: Sophomore Nathan Peterson jumped out to a great start for the Cardinal this year, but was hampered by a mid-season injury. Peterson returned to the lineup in time to pick up his 19th win during the regular season. After a nine-win campaign 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. Peterson headed into the postseason looking for his first NCAA bid. With a 5-1 record at the Pac-10 Championships, Peterson captured third place to earn a trip to Albany. He has five wins this season over other NCAA Qualifiers.
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 16 wins this season and notched fourth place at the Pac-10 Championships to gain his first NCAA berth. He earned third place at the Aggie Open in his best tournament of the season, defeating two UC Davis wrestlers en route to the 5-1 showing. Metzler is winless against other NCAA Qualifiers this season, but has posted solid performances against every opponent. He has not been pinned, tech. falled or M.D.-ed this season, and has only suffered two losses by more than four points. One of two Cardinal freshmen to qualify for the NCAA's this year, Metzler will look for success in his first appearance.
149: Redshirt freshman Matt Gentry took over the 149 spot during the 2001-02 season and dominated. He posted a 34-9 record, becoming the first freshman in school history to tally 30 wins in a season. He leads the team in wins (34), pins (4) and team points (124.50). Gentry was 6-1 in the Pac-10 during the regular season, 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 and in March earned an NCAA bid with a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Gentry, one of two Cardinal freshmen to qualify for the national championships, has 15 wins in his last 17 matches and has posted four wins over NCAA Qualifiers.
157: Senior Levi Weikel-Magden has made his last season on The Farm memorable. With 27 victories, Weikel-Magden more than doubled his win total from last season and posted a 6-1 Pac-10 record before finishing fourth at the conference championships. He opened the season with a 7-3 loss to Oregon's Branson Phillips, but rebounded - winning his next six regular season conference matches. He finished second at the Aggie Open and grabbed first place at the All Cal Invitational. This is Weikel-Magden's first national championship berth, but he has already been tested against other NCAA qualifiers and has notched wins over UC Davis' Jeremiah Jarvis and Arizona State's Rocky Smart.