Seniors Shine, Stanford Falls in Season's Final Dual

Feb. 12, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Though fans may have been disappointed with the final score, Stanford wrestlers made a strong showing during the season's final dual. The Cardinal fell to the Davis Aggies 21-14 in the final competition before the Pac-10 tournament. With seniors Nathan Peterson, Chris Hayworth, Luis Vendrell, Matt Gentry, Ryan Hagen, and Shawn Ritzenthaler competing at home for the last time, fans had one last chance to applaud Stanford's graduating wrestlers.

The dual started at 184, where departing senior Ryan Hagen fought a tough battle with Brandon Bear, ranked fourth in the Pac-10, but came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 decision. Larry Ozowara then wrestled a thrilling match against Reed Shelger and put Stanford on the board. He came back in the final period to force overtime and nearly won the match with a last second shot, but secured the takedown just after the buzzer. Undeterred, Ozowara took down Shelger early in sudden victory for an exciting 7-5 decision.

Shawn Ritzenthaler fell to Flynn Ficker in his final home match, losing the decision 8-4. Fellow senior Nathan Peterson turned things around with a 4-2 decision over Pancho Manriquez, tying the team score 6-6. Chris Hayworth (141), yet another graduating senior, won the most tense match of the night, 7-6. With only a few seconds left in the second period, Hayworth scored a takedown to make the match close. He then recorded a spinning reversal in the third period for what would be the winning points. Senior Luis Vendrell (149) made his first dual start of the season, and fell 12-5 to Daniel Murphree.

Defending national champion Matt Gentry then strode to the mat in his final home match and immediately opened up a huge lead. He scored thirteen quick points in the first period with four impressive near falls, then recorded the 15-0 technical fall midway through the second period. The crowd applauded Gentry's win and all his accomplishments.

In the match's final dual, Imad Kharbush fell to Ronnie Silva 11-8. Both wrestlers came out aggressively, nearly pinning each other on several occasions. This match had seeding implications for the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament, as Kharbush is ranked #2 in the Pac-10, just behind Silva.

Stanford now has two weeks to rest, recover, and prepare for tournament play, starting February 27 in San Luis Obispo.

DAVIS 21, STANFORD 14
184 - Brandon Bear (UCD) dec. Ryan Hagen (Stan), 6-1 [3-0]
197 - Larry Ozowara (Stan) dec. Reed Shelger (UCD), 7-5 S.V. [3-3]
285 - Flynn Ficker (UCD) dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stan), 8-4 [6-3]
125 - Nathan Peterson (Stan) dec. Pancho Manriquez (UCD), 4-2 [6-6]
133 - Derek Moore (UCD) wins by forfeit [12-6]
141 - Chris Hayworth (Stan) dec. Jeff Bristol (UCD), 7-6 [12-9]
149 - Daniel Murphree (UCD) dec. Luis Vendrell (Stan), 12-5 [15-9]
157 - Matt Gentry (Stan) tech. fall Jesse Padilla (UCD), 15-0 at 3:28 [15-14]
165 - Frank Richmond (UCD) dec. Scott Loescher (Stan), 15-8 [18-14]
174 - Ronnie Silva (UCD) dec. Imad Kharbush (Stan), 11-8 [21-14]

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