Stanford Defeats Fresno State, 26-12

Feb. 15, 2006

Fresno, Calif. - Stanford closed out the regular season tonight with a 26-12 win over Fresno State in the North Gym, to give the Cardinal an 8-7 record this season, giving first-year head coach Kerry McCoy his first winning season. The Cardinal will be off for the next week and a half as Stanford prepares for the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament.

The match started at 141 pounds, with Fresno State scoring the first points of the night, as Garrett Spooner posted a 10-3 decision to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. But Josh Zupancic closed out the regular season with a 13-3 major decision over Dustin Rocha to give the Cardinal the 4-3 lead. Zupancic ends the year with a 12-1 record in duals and a 22-4 overall record heading into the Pac-10 Tournament.

At 157 pounds, Scott Loescher took a 6-0 lead in the first period, securing a takedown and adding a four-point nearfall when Charles Jones required injury time during the back points. Jones was never able to recover and Loescher kept the pressure high, notching a technical fall at 5:24.

Up next was Fresno's Darrell Goodpaster, wrestling up a weight at 165 pounds, got the early momentum with a quick takedown, but fifth-year senior Ray Blake charged back with 11 unanswered points and the riding time bonus to secure a major decision for his 37th win of the season. Blake also ends the dual season with a 10-2 mark in dual compeition.

Stanford's Miguel Matta picked up a win by forfeit at 174 pounds, to give the Cardinal 19-3 lead. But Greg Gifford scored the Bulldogs' second win with a 3-2 decision at 184 pounds. Larry Ozowara came back for Stanford with a 10-7 decision, securing the victory on a takedown with 37 seconds left in the match. Fresno tallied an 8-3 decision at heavyweight to cut Stanford's lead to 22-9, but with only two matches left, the Stanford victory was secured.

Tanner Gardner, ranked No. 11 in the nation, picked up his 31st victory of the season with a 13-4 victory over Cory Borges at 125 pounds. Borges scored a reversal to tie the bout at 4-4 in the second period, but Gardner closed out the match with nine-straight points to pick up the major decision. Gardner finishes the season with a 12-2 record in duals.

The meet ended as Sean Carlson secured a 9-2 victory at 133 pounds to make the final scored 26-12 in favor of the Cardinal.

Stanford will host the Pac-10 Conference Tournament on Feb. 26 and 27 at Maples Pavilion. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. both days. Tickets are available through GoStanford.com and through the ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD.

Stanford 26, Fresno State 12
* match started at 141 pounds
125 pounds - #11 Tanner Garder (S) maj. dec. Cory Borges (FS), 13-4 [26-9]
133 pounds - Sean Carlson (FS) dec. Eric Minnick (S), 9-2 [26-12]
*141 pounds - Garrett Spooner (FS) dec. Juston Johnson (S), 10-3 [0-3]
149 pounds - Josh Zupancic (S) maj. dec. Dustin Rocha (FS), 13-3 [4-3]
157 pounds - Scott Loescher (S) tech. fall Charles Jones (FS), fall at 5:24 (18-2) [9-3]
165 pounds - #14 Ray Blake (S) maj. dec. Darrell Goodpaster (FS), 12-2 [13-3]
174 pounds - Miguel Matta (S) wins by forfeit [19-3]
184 pounds - Greg Gifford (FS) dec. Brennan Corbett (S), 3-2 [19-6]
197 pounds - Larry Ozowara (S) dec. Miguel Rodriguez (FS), 10-7 [22-6]
HWT - Cody Parker (FS) dec. Jared Boyer (S), 8-3 [22-9]

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