Three Cardinal Wrestlers Earn All-America Honors at the 2005 FILA Junior National Championships

May 11, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Three Cardinal wrestlers earned All-America honors at the 2005 FILA Junior National Championships in Las Vegas at the end of April, as Tanner Gardner claimed freestyle honors and Rafael Chavez and Jared Boyer each placed in the Greco-Roman tournament. Gardner, a sophomore, posted a fourth-place finish in freestyle at the 55 kg (121 lbs.) weight class, while Chavez took eighth place at 66 kg (145.5 lbs) and Boyer captured third place at 96 kg (211.5 lbs) in Greco-Roman.

Gardner opened competition with by pinning Joseph Parra at the 1:49 mark and then followed with another pair of wins en route to his fourth-place finish. Chavez picked up two wins and advanced to the seventh-place match before defaulting due to injury.

Boyer lost his opening match to Justin Bronson of the Minnesota Storm, but the Cardinal rookie won his next four matches, including a 3-0, 0-1, 4-3 victory over Bronson in the third-place match to capture bronze.

FILA Junior Nationals
Las Vegas, Nev. * April 27-30, 2005
Freestyle - 55kg/121 lbs.
Tanner Gardner (4th place, 3-2):
pinned JosephParra (BC), fall at 1:49; def. LuisSalinas (UNAT), 2-1, 7-0; lost to PaulDonahoe (UNL Wrestling), 2-0, 0-3, 3-0; def. BradPataky (NLWC), 7-0, 3-2; lost to Henry Cejudo (Sunkist Kids W), 2-1, 3-1.

Greco-Roman - 66kg/145.5 lbs
Rafael Chavez (8th place, 2-3):
def. John Dibala (Oregon), 1-1, 6-1, 3-0; pinned by PhilBasting(ND), fall at 0:47; def. Jonny Hayworth (Menlo), 1-5, 5-1, 7-4; lost to Leland Gridley (Red Bluff), 4-3, 0-2, 6-0; lost to JakeKriegbaum (KS) by injury default.

Greco-Roman - 96kg/211.5 lbs
Jared Boyer (3rd place, 4-1): lost to JustinBronson(MN Storm), 1-0, 2-0; def. JakeSchneider(Rick Sanders W), 7-0, 3-4, 6-0; def. BrendonFlynn (MN Storm), 4-0, 1-0; win by injury default GerardHabibian (USOEC); def. JustinBronson(MN Storm), 3-0, 0-1, 4-3.

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