Stanford Comes Up Just Short Against Oregon

Jan. 29, 2005

Eugene, Ore. - The heartbreak just doesn't stop for Cardinal wrestling, who came out on the wrong end of a 22-21 dual against the Oregon Ducks. Once again, the dual came down to the final match, but Stanford could not quite get the win. Although the Ducks only won three matches during the dual, but after two costly forfeits at 133 and 197 pounds they came out victorious. After a nail-biting tie against the Oregon State Beavers earlier in the day, the Cardinal came out strong and wrestled well, but could not quite earn their first Pac-10 dual win of the season.

When Stanford wrestlers actually stepped onto the mat, they performed quite well. Imad Kharbush (174) opened the match with a pin in the third period against Mark Allen. Kharbush is now 7-2 in dual competition, with four pins and a technical fall. Ryan Hagen (184) pushed the Stanford lead to 9-0 with his 9-2 decision over Chet McBee. A forfeit and a major decision at the heavyweight gave Oregon a slight margin after four matches, however.

Nathan Peterson (125) once again put Stanford ahead, blanking Joey Lucas with a 4-0 decision. Yet another Cardinal forfeit returned the lead to Oregon, one of four lead changes during the wild dual. Down 12-19, Josh Zupancic started another Cardinal rally with a 6-4 decision over Stewart Bogart at 149 pounds. Matt Gentry (157) promptly pinned Steve Johnson in the first period to breathe life once more into the Cardinal's chances. With the dual on the wire, Scott Loescher could not continue his recent success, falling 7-3 to #17 Joey Bracamonte.

The Cardinal tries to regroup as they head north to Portland to take on the winless Portland State Vikings tomorrow at 1:00.

174 - Imad Kharsbush (Stan) pinned Mark Allen (UO) at 6:08
184 - Ryan Hengen (Stan) dec. Chet McBee (UO), 9-2
197 - Tony Rolen (UO) by forfeit
285 - Scott Barker (UO) maj. dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stan), 8-0
125 - Nathan Peterson (Stan) dec. Joey Lucas (UO), 4-0
133 - Martin Mitchell (UO) by forfeit
141 - Elliott Tracy (UO) dec. Louis Vandrell (Stan), 4-2
149 - Josh Zupancoc (Stan) dec. Stewart Bogart (UO), 6-4
157 - Matt Gentry (SU) pinned Steve Johnson (UO) at 2:38
165 - Joey Bracamonte (UO) dec. Scott Loescher (Stan), 7-3

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