Matt Gentry Advances at Midlands Tournament

Dec. 29, 2004

Evanston, Ill. - The nation's most talented wrestlers gather annually for the Midlands Tournament, where wrestling fans are treated to some of the toughest competition of the season. This year's tournament features both top-ranked collegiate wrestlers as well as non-affiliated wrestlers from clubs across the country. With five Stanford wrestlers competing, only Matt Gentry (157) survived the day unscathed.

Gentry earned the number one seed at his weight class based on last year's NCAA championship and his ongoing 53 match win streak. He performed to expectations, winning two matches on the day and advancing to the final rounds in tomorrow's competition. Gentry defeated Dan Bedoy of Purdue in an 8-2 decision to advance past the round of 32. In the pigtails, Gentry defeated Jaime Alvarez of San Francisco State by technical fall, 16-0.

Stanford's other four wrestlers all lost in the first round, although they faced tough competition. Chris Hayworth (141), Ray Blake (149), and Ryan Hagen (184) all lost to wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their weight class.

Check back tomorrow to find Matt Gentry's final result at the tournament.

Notes: Results at the Midlands were similar to Stanford's dual against San Francisco State on November 23, when Gentry pinned Alvarez while Hayworth (141) lost a major decision to Donald Lockett ... The Cardinal's next action is at the Lone Star Duals on January 8, when Stanford will face Michigan, Air Force, and Harvard in a series of duals in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Complete Stanford results from the Midlands Tournament:

-125 pounds-
Tanner Gardner (0-1) [unattached]:
Lost to Robert Maldonado (William Rainey Harper College) by pin at 5:57.

-141 pounds-
Chris Hayworth (0-1):
Lost to Donald Lockett (San Francisco State) by major decision, 22-9.

-149 pounds-
Ray Blake (0-1):
Lost to Mark Disalvo (Central Michigan) by major decision, 13-5.

-157 pounds-
Matt Gentry (2-0):
Def. Dan Bedoy (Purdue) 8-2; def. Jaime Alvarez (San Francisco State) by technical fall, 16-0.

-184 pounds-
Ryan Hagen (0-1):
Lost to Eric Bradley (Penn State) 9-3.

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