Stanford is Victorious Over Vikings

Jan. 29, 2005

Portland, Ore. - The Stanford Cardinal finally won their first Pac-10 dual of the season after several frustrating losses. The Cardinal downed the Vikings in Portland 33-18. Nathan Peterson, Imad Kharbush, and Ryan Hagen led the way with pins to give Stanford the big win.

The match started at 149 pounds, where Josh Zupancic got Stanford started with a 4-1 decision over the Vikings' top wrestler, Eddie Dahlen. Matt Gentry earned six points when his opponent, Ryan Stonemetz, had to default due to injury. Gentry had a 13-3 lead when Stonemetz had to stop the match.

After a Portland State decision, Imad Kharbush (174) and Ryan Hagen (184) came back with consecutive pins to push the lead wide open. Kharbush has been Stanford's most consistent wrestler, carrying the team during the absence of Matt Gentry for most of January. Over his past five duals, Kharbush has not lost and has three pins as well as a technical fall.

After a forfeit and a loss at heavyweight, Nathan Peterson pinned Kip Watson in 2:50 to clinch the win for Stanford. The last two matches were not wrestled as PSU and Stanford traded forfeits. With a dominating performance on the mats, Stanford's two forfeits did not prove as costly as they had in previous duals.

The Cardinal now returns home to rest up and heal before hosting only their second home dual of the season against Fresno State on Friday at 6:00.

149 - Josh Zupancic (Stan) dec. Eddie Dahlen (PSU), 4-1 [0-3]
157 - Matt Gentry (Stan) inj. def. Ryan Stonemetz (PSU), [0-9]
165 - Chris Feist (PSU) dec. Scott Loescher (Stan), 8-6 [3-9]
174 - Imad Kharbush (Stan) pinned A.J. Lawrence (PSU), 2:00 [3-15]
184 - Ryan Hagen (Stan) pinned Sean Murphy (PSU), 3:39 [3-21]
197 - Jake Schneider (PSU) win by forfeit., [9-21]
285 - Allen Kennett (PSU) dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stan), 11-10 [12-21]
125 - Nathan Peterson (Stan) pinned Kip Watson (PSU), 2:50 [12-27]
133 - Mario Campbell (PSU) win by forfeit., [18-27]
141 - Chris Hayworth (Stan) win by forfeit., [18-33]

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