Stanford Wrestling Falls To Fresno State

Feb. 5, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Three months into the season, Stanford wrestling finally had a chance to show off their skills to fans in Pac-10 dual competition. Unfortunately, the Cardinal wasn't able to thrill the crowd as they'd hoped, although the fans on hand were treated to some tightly contested matches. In the end it was Fresno State that came away with a hard-fought 25-12 win in Burnham Pavilion.

Freshman Rafael Chavez (141) took advantage of a rare dual start and got things rolling for the Cardinal with a fall in the first period against Garrett Spooner. After falling behind in the opening match, he took down Spooner at the edge of the mat and held him for the pin.

At 149 pounds, freshman Josh Zupancic kept things going, winning a 5-1 decision over Dan Cadwallader. The match was close throughout, with no scoring in the first period. Zupancic opened up a narrow 3-1 lead after a takedown and an escape, and scored two more points with a takedown at the buzzer.

Defending national champion, Matt Gentry, got all the competition he could handle from Jim Medeiros. Medeiros scored a point for riding time at the end of regulation, leaving the score 2-2 after the first three periods. In overtime, Gentry gave up a two point reversal and could not score a takedown in the closing seconds, losing the match 4-3. This ended Matt Gentry's school record 64 match win streak.

After a major decision by Fresno's Shane Seibert and a 6-5 decision by Chris Gifford over Pac-10 champion Imad Kharbush, the final Cardinal highlight would come from Stanford's Ryan Hagen (184), as he secured a takedown against FSU's Jatinder Singh with only one second remaining in regulation. In sudden victory, Hagen would get his second takedown of the match for the 6-4 victory.

Stanford returns to Burnham Pavilion tomorrow at noon for a conference showdown against Arizona State.

125 - Christian Bowerman (FSU) dec. Nathan Peterson (Stan), 5-1 [3-0]
133 - Sal Gonzalez (FSU) wins by forfeit [9-0]
141 - Rafael Chavez (Stan) pinned Garrett Spooner (FSU) at 2:03 [9-6]
149 - Josh Zupancic (Stan) dec. Dan Cadwallader (FSU), 5-1 [9-9]
157 - Jim Medeiros (FSU) dec. Matt Gentry (Stan), 4-3 OT [12-9]
165 - Shane Seibert (FSU) maj. dec. Scott Loescher (Stan), 11-3 [15-9]
174 - Chris Gifford (FSU) dec. Imad Kharbush (Stan), 6-5 [18-9]
184- Ryan Hagen (Stan) dec. Jatinder Singh (FSU), 6-4 SV [18-12]
197 - Marcio Botelho (FSU) major dec. Larry Ozowara (Stan), 14-3 [22-12]
285 - Clint Walbeck (FSU) dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stan), 6-1 [25-12]

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