Stanford Heads to Boise for Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 25, 2003
Stanford, Calif. -
2002-03 Season in Review...
The Stanford Wrestling program struggled in 2003, posting a 3-12 dual record, but saw great performances by each member of the starting lineup. Harold Penson, Matt Gentry, Brad Metzler and Nathan Peterson have combined for 72 wins this season. Penson , the team's only senior, is making his fourth appearance at the Pac-10 Tournament - and he is surrounded by young but experienced teammates. Gentry, Metzler and Peterson each earned a berth to the NCAA Championships last season. John Garfinkel is traveling to Pac-10's for his third appearance while Brendon Fox and Garrett Johnston also have Pac-10 Tournament experience after competing two season ago in Eugene, OR.
125 - Junior Nathan Peterson is heading to his third straight Pac-10 Championships at 125 pounds. One of three returning conference placewinners, Peterson will look to advance to Kansas City, Missouri for the NCAA Championships on March 20-22. After an 0-2 outing at the Pac-10's in his freshman year, he finished third at the Pac-10's as a sophomore to earn a trip to Albany for nationals in 2002. Peterson has already amassed 50 wins in his first three years including 16 wins this season to tie him for second on the squad. Seven of those victories came in dual matches but he also found success in tournaments and earned a fifth place finish at the California Open in November and a second place finish at the All Cal Invitational in February.
133 - Sophomore Brad Metzler struggled with injuries again this season, but despite limited mat time he recorded a 13-3 record with a 6-1 dual mark. After posting a fourth place finish in his first trip to the Pac-10 Tournament last season at 141 pounds, Metzler is looking for a second trip to the NCAA Championships but at 133 pounds this year. As one of the team's tri-captains, Metzler will lead the Cardinal at one of the toughest weights in the conference this season. The Omaha native started the season with title at the California Open last November and then notched three decisions at Midlands in December before he was injured. Metzler's only Pac-10 loss came against UC Davis's Urijah Faber on Feb. 14th when the Aggie took a 7-2 decision.
141 - Junior Brendon Fox will be making his second appearance at the Pac-10 Championships this weekend. As a redshirt freshman, Fox traveled to Eugene, Oregon for the 2001 conference tournament but dropped two matches at 149 pounds to be ousted. As a junior, Fox returned to the starting lineup at 141 pounds in time for the Lone Star Duals in January and has tallied five wins in 2003. Despite an injury suffered in January, the Missouri native did not miss much time and ended the season with two wins in his last three dual bouts. On Jan. 31st, Fox earned an 8-7 decision over Cal Poly's Jeff Owens.
149 - Sophomore Scott Polley is heading to Boise for his first Pac-10 Tournament. Polley opened the season with six straight wins in November and posted a 4-1 record to take third at the California Open. Polley has notched 11 wins on the season, including solid victories over wrestlers from Cal Poly, Cal St. Bakersfield, Cal St. Fullerton and UC Davis. Polley is tied for fourth on the team in dual wins.
157 - Sophomore Matt Gentry leads the Cardinal in wins for the second straight season. With 27 wins so far as a sophomore, Gentry has collected 62 victories in his first two years on The Farm. Gentry has won 14 of his last 15 bouts heading into his second straight conference tournament. As a redshirt freshman last season, Gentry placed second at the Pac-10 Tournament to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds. The Oregonian has posted 13 straight Pac-10 dual wins (his only loss came against Oregon's Tony Overstake in his second collegiate appearance). Up a weight to 157 pounds this season, Gentry is one of the team's tri-captains and will look for his second trip to nationals this year.
165 - Sophomore Garrett Johnston took over the starting spot at 165 pounds in January and posted two wins - one over UPenn's Richard Ferguson and another over Cal State Bakersfield's Christian Arellano. Although he has struggled since January, none of his losses came by more than six points (he was also pinned once). Johnston is making his second appearance at the Pac-10 Championships after competing in 2001 at 174 pounds where he was eliminated after an 0-2 showing.
174 - Senior Harold Penson is making his fourth and final trip to the Pac-10 Championships this season. One of the team's tri-captains, he leads the Cardinal this season in pins (six) and is tied for second on the team in wins (16) and has collected 55 wins in his Stanford career. As a freshman, Penson went 0-2 at the Pac-10 Championships, but in his next two campaigns he recorded one win at each of the conference tournaments. As a senior, Penson has tabbed five victories in dual competition and placed at all three tournaments. In November, Penson finished 6th at the California Open, then in January he took 5th at the Aggie Open and notched a third place finish in February at the All Cal Invitational.
184 - Junior John Garfinkel returns for his third straight Pac-10 Tournament this year. Garfinkel bumped up to 184 pounds this February after competing at 165 for his first two and a half seasons. He has collected one win at the higher weight to bring his career total to 30 victories. In November, Garfinkel placed 5th at the California Open at 165 pounds. Garfinkel has been ousted from the conference tournament with 0-2 records in his previous two campaigns.
197 - Redshirt freshman Larry Ozowara took over the starting spot at 197 pounds after the Aggie Open and will head to his first Pac-10 Tournament this year. Ozowara notched six wins in his first campaign this season, including his first dual win in the second to last meet of the year. Ozowara handed UC Davis's Flynn Ficker a 9-3 decision on Feb. 14th after finishing 4th at the All Cal Invitational on Feb. 1st. Ozowara downed two Cal State Bakersfield opponents and a Nevada Wolfpack member for his first tournament placement.
285 - Redshirt freshman Shawn Ritzenthaler took over the heavyweight spot in 2002-03 after redshirting as a true freshman and is looking for success in his first conference tournament. The Cardinal heavyweight has tallied three falls this year as he collected eight wins (four in dual competition). Ritzenthaler also posted a technical fall this season as he shutout SFSU's Chris Bostick 16-0 at the Aggie Open.