Matt Gentry Wins at California Open, Four Other Cardinal Place

Nov. 22, 2004

Fullerton, Calif. - Amidst a strong showing by Stanford wrestlers, Matt Gentry proved once again why he is a national champion. Gentry pinned two opponents en route to the California Open title at 157 pounds, while four of his teammates finished in the top four of their weight classes. Joining Gentry on the podium were: Tanner Gardner who took 2nd place at 125 pounds; Rafael Chavez who took 3rd at 133; Josh Zupancic who took 4th at 149; and Imad Kharbush who took 3rd at 174.

Gentry won five matches on the day, pinning Cruz Zabas of Santa Ana and Angelo Lago of the hometown Fullerton Titans. This was Gentry's sixth tournament title over the past two seasons, and his first of the 2004-05 campaign.

At 125 pounds, Tanner Gardner took second place while wrestling unattached from Stanford University. Gardner won three matches with two falls before he lost in the finals to Jeremy Mendoza of Arizona State in a 7-5 decision. True freshman Rafael Chavez, the three-time state champion of Wyoming, took 3rd place at 133 pounds. He won five matches on the day, including a 5-0 consolation-final victory over Paul Tice of the Titans.

Josh Zupancic, another freshman, went 4-2 on the day, taking 4th place at 149 pounds. He fell to Tylor Moran of Embry-Riddle in the consolation-final. At 174 pounds, Imad Kharbush won five matches to take third place. He recorded two falls and a major decision before defeating Britton Mooney of Bakersfield in a 7-2 decision in the consolation-final.

Coach Buddie must be pleased with the team's showing, with two freshman taking places at the tournament. While a long season and lots of work lay ahead for the Cardinal, this team appears to have a strong foundation in place. To catch the Cardinal in action, join Coach Buddie and the team for their first home dual of the season on Tuesday, November 23rd. The Cardinal will face the San Francisco State Gators at Burnham Pavilion at 7:00 pm.

Notes: No team points were tallied in this open tournament ... Stanford took 21 wrestlers to the tournament ... Stanford's next tournament is in Reno on December 19 at the Tournament of Champions.

Complete Results:
-125 pounds-
Tanner Gardner (3-1), 2nd place:
Def. John Gurich (CP) by fall; def. Sal Gonzales (FSU) 6-4; def. Jesse Miramontes (CSF) 10-9; lost to Jeremy Mendoza 7-5.
Nathan Peterson (1-2):
Def. Marcus Orozco (UCD) 4-3; lost to Jeremy Mendoza (CSF) 6-1; lost to John Gurich (CP).

-133 pounds-
Rafael Chavez (5-1), 3rd place:
Def. Chris Sanchez (CSF) 9-6; lost to Christian Bowerman (FSU) by fall; def. Blake Gaughran (CP) 7-3; def. Joey Mongure (Mod) by fall; def. Darrell Goodpasture (Fresno City) 5-1; def. Paul Tice (CSF) 5-0.

-141 pounds-
Chris Hayworth (1-2):
Lost to Jose Sanchez (Menlo) 9-3; def. Brandon Schad (ASU) 9-1; lost to Anthony Watson (Bakersfield) 11-3.
Matt Monahan (0-2):
Lost to Alfonso Paez (Menlo) by fall; lost to Chris Freije (ASU).

-149 pounds-
Josh Zupancic (4-2), 4th place:
Def. Steven Schantin (Unattached) 2-1; def. Jeff Silva (CSF) 3-1; def. Dan Cadwallader (FSU) 5-4; lost to Patrick Williams (ASU) 3-2; def. Jeff Silva (CSF) 5-1; lost to Tylor Moran (ERAU) 5-2.
Luis Vendrell (1-2):
Def. Nate Masudal (GWJC) by technical fall; lost to Jeff Owens (CP) 3-1; lost to Ross Cromartic (ASU) 3-0.
Alex Himel (0-2):
Lost to David Mitchell (UCD) 12-4; lost to Dave Roberts (CP) 15-3.

-157 pounds-
Matt Gentry (5-0), 1st place:
Def. Cruz Zabas (Santa Ana) by fall in 1:55; def. Bryan Bachar (UCD) 10-3; def. Brian Stith (ASU) 6-3; def. Angelo Lago (CSF) by fall; def. Jim Mederios (FSU) 4-2.
Bobby Pease (4-2):
Lost to Brian Busby (Bakersfield) by technical fall; def. Chip Forsythe (CP) by fall; def. Matt Bryant (Modesto JC) 7-6; def. Jon Clark (UCD) 5-4; def. Daniel Atondo (Bakersfield) 9-5; lost to Brian Stith (ASU) by technical fall.

-165 pounds-
Brian Perry (2-2):
Lost to Michael Williams (Cuesta) 16-0; def. Ernie Varela (Cuesta) 6-5; def. Evan Barbe (CP) 9-1; los to Nick Hernandez (CP) 6-5.
Miguel Matta (0-2):
Los to Ernie Varela (Cuesta) 11-2; lost to Michael Williams (Cuesta) 6-0.

-174 pounds-
Imad Kharbush (5-1), 3rd place:
Def. Scott White (Glen) by fall in 1:53; def. Alex Ohrn (ASU) 12-0; def. Ryan Budd (Bakersfield) by fall; lost to Ken Cook (Unattached) 6-3; def. Rob Maxwell (CP) 9-2; def. Britton Mooney (Bakersfield) 7-2.
Luke Feist (2-2):
Def. James O'Donnel (FSU) by fall in 5:55; lost to Britton Mooney (Bakersfield) 2-1; def. Ben Barrett (Unattached); lost to Wes Tielens (CP) 7-3.

-184 pounds-
Larry Ozowara (2-2):
Def. David Corson (Palomar) 4-2; lost to Elliot Kelly (UCD) 13-0; def. Bo Reynolds (Bakersfield) 3-2; lost to Joffre Lander (ERAU) 6-2.
Ryan Hagen (2-2):
Def. Brian Bean (VV) 14-0; Def. Jacob Weaver (Fresno City) by fall; lost to CB Dolloway (ASU) 8-5; lost to Joffre Lander (ERAU) 6-5.
Mark Egesdal (2-2):
Def. Dan Lewis (CSF) by fall in 5:10; lost to Jesse Vasquez (Menlo) 9-4; def. Garth Wara (Bakersfield) by technical fall 15-0; lost to Scott O'Rear (Bakersfield) 11-2.

-197 pounds-
Ian Bork (3-2):
Def. Eduardo Mercado (Fresno City) 15-7; lost to Ryan Bader (ASU) 14-4; def. Jesse Forbes (Pima) by WBI; def. Harold Penson (Unattached); lost to Robert Charlton (ERAU) by technical fall 16-0.
Jared Boyer (2-2):
Def. Christ Gutierez (FSU) 5-2; lost to Landon Seefeldt (CSF) 5-1; def. Phillip Doerner (Stanford) 4-1; lost to Reed Shelger (UCD) 10-5.
Phillip Doerner (0-2):
Lost to Marcus Andy (Menlo) 9-5; lost to Jared Boyer (Stanford) 4-1.

-285 pounds-
Shawn Ritzenthaler (3-2):
Lost to Brett Clark (Unattached) 5-3; def. Andrew Luckenbill (ASU) by technical fall; def. Brian Scheesley (Unattached) by technical fall 18-2; def. Broc Maffia (UCD) by technical fall 16-0; def. Joe Espejo (Unattached) 1-0; lost to Eric Parker (Bakersfield) 3-2.

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