Arizona State Too Much for the Cardinal

Feb. 5, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Cardinal hosted the Arizona State Sun Devils at Burnham Pavilion, falling 27-12. #14 Arizona State features a young, tough squad that demonstrated why they are ranked so high. Their heavyweights recorded two major decisions to open a big lead. The Cardinal was buoyed by Imad Kharbush's impressive pin and Matt Gentry's return to the winner's circle.

The match started at heavyweight, where #4 Cain Velasquez recorded a major decision over Shawn Ritzenthaler. Nathan Peterson likewise lost a decision and the Cardinal then forfeited at 133 pounds.

At 141 pounds, freshman Rafael Chavez showed off the explosiveness that made him a three-time Wyoming state champion. Although he lost 8-6 to Curtis Ray, he had several impressive take downs and wrestled strongly.

Josh Zupancic wrestled a tense match at 149 pounds amid some controversial refereeing decisions. He won a 3-1 decision over #11 Patrick Williams, scoring a takedown in the third period. The competitive match came down right to the wire, as both wrestlers searched for extra points in the closing seconds.

After losing last night for the first time in 65 matches, Matt Gentry got another win streak started with a 4-1 decision over Brian Stith, a wrestler who has always fought Gentry hard. This proved to be another exciting match, with Gentry scoring a late takedown to win.

At 174 pounds, Pac-10 champion Imad Kharbush scored an early pin against Rick Renzi. Kharbush simply powered his opponent to the mat using his great strength. He leads the team with 10 pins on the season.

The Cardinal hosts Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at Burnham Pavilion.

285 - Cain Velasquez (ASU) maj. dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stan), 25-8 [5-0]
125 - Jeremy Mendoza (ASU) dec. Nathan Peterson (Stan), 6-0 [8-0]
133 - John Espinoza (ASU) wins by forfeit [14-0]
141 - Curtis Ray (ASU) dec. Rafael Chavez (Stan), 8-6 [17-0]
149 - Josh Zupancic (Stan) dec. Patrick Williams (ASU), 3-1 [17-3]
157 - Matt Gentry (Stan) dec. Brian Stith (ASU), 4-1 [17-6]
165 - Patrick Pitsch (ASU) dec. Scott Loescher (Stan), 6-2 [20-6]
174 - Imad Kharbush (Stan) pinned Rick Renzi (ASU) at 1:00 [20-12]
184 - C.B. Dollaway (ASU) dec. Ryan Hagen (Stan), 7-4 [23-12]
197 - Ryan Bader (ASU) maj. dec. Matt Tiffin (Stan), 21-7 [27-12]

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