Stanford Heads to NCAA Wrestling Tournament

March 15, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford sends two wrestlers to the annual NCAA tournament to compete for the national title. Matt Gentry makes his fourth straight trip to the tournament after taking second place at the Pac-10 tournament. He is looking to defend his championship at 157 pounds, the first ever national title in Stanford history. Imad Kharbush makes his second straight trip to the tournament after placing third at the Pac-10s.

Gentry received the third seed in the tournament behind Alex Tirapelle (Illinois) and Ryan Bertin (Michigan). Bertin won the 157 pound title in 2003. Tirapelle holds the number one seed, but lost to Gentry earlier this season at the Midlands. Also in the mix are Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (American), an exciting junior college transfer, and Jake Percival (Ohio) who lost to Gentry in last year's finals. This might be the most competitive bracket of the entire tournament.

At 174 pounds, Imad Kharbush holds a tough draw going into the tournament unseeded. The strongest wrestlers in the bracket are Chris Pendleton (Oklahoma State) and Ben Askren (Missouri), who hold the top two seeds.

The tournament starts on Thursday, March 17 and will continue through Saturday, when tournament finals will be wrestled.

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