More Awards Presented to Gentry at the Midlands

Dec. 31, 2004

Evanston, Ill. - With the year finally at an end, Matt Gentry leaves the 42nd annual Midlands Tournament as the most decorated athlete on the mats. After winning his first individual title at the Midlands, Gentry received two additional awards to cap the most sensational individual year in Stanford wrestling history.

After a year in which he broke Stanford's all-time win record, held by his own Coach Buddie no less, as well as winning the school's first ever NCAA championship, Gentry left Evanston, Illinois, loaded with trophies. He earned the Dan Gable Outstanding Wrestler award for winning the most competitive weight bracket at 157 pounds. Gentry defeated Alex Tirapelle, the defending Midlands champion, to win the title. Earlier in the tournament he beat Trent Paulson, a defending Midlands champion at 149 pounds who made the jump in weight class. The bracket also featured NCAA runner-up Jake Percival, whom Gentry defeated in last year's NCAA Championship.

Gentry showed that he is not only one of the top wrestlers in the nation, but also a great ambassador of the sport. He won the Art Kraft Champion of Champions award for exemplifying sportsmanship and contributing to the sport.

The new year holds more challenges for Gentry and the team as they begin Pac-10 competition in January. The Cardinal looks to build on last year's breakthrough year in which they finished the season ranked 19th in the nation. Duals against powerhouses Michigan and Iowa State will test the mettle of the team. Prepare for an exciting season as the team gets ready for conference competition. The first home dual will be on February 4, as Stanford hosts Fresno State.

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