Stanford Wrestling Has a Tough Day in Oklahoma

March 16, 2006

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Stanford faced a tough road at the 2006 NCAA Wrestling Championships today, with 12th-ranked but unseeded Ray Blake drawing #4 Nick Baima of Northern Iowa in the first round and 12th-seeded Tanner Gardner facing fifth-seeded Troy Nickerson of Cornell in the second round.

Neither Blake nor Gardner was able to post an upset, and Blake was then eliminated from the tournament by Indiana's Max Dean in the wrestlebacks.

Gardner won his opening match, a 6-1 victory over Drexel's Steve Mytych, but was knocked into the consolations by Nickerson. Gardner will face Cory Borges of Fresno State in his first match on Friday morning as he aims for his first All-America honor. Gardner defeated Borges just a month ago in Fresno, as the Cardinal co-captain closed out the match with nine-straight points to pick up a 13-4 major decision in his final dual of the season.

Friday morning's competition will begin at 10 a.m. (CT).

125 pounds: #12 Tanner Gardner (1-1): dec. Steve Mytych (Drexel), 6-1; lost to #5 Troy Nickerson (Cornell), 3-1.
165 pounds: Ray Blake (0-2): lost to #4 Nick Baima (Northern Iowa), 4-2; lost to Max Dean (Indiana), 6-4.

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