Gardner Secures All-America Honors

March 17, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Tanner Gardner secured his first All-America honors today after winning three-straight matches in the consolation bracket. He will face eighth-seeded John Velez of Northwestern for seventh place tomorrow morning.

Gardner, who was knocked out of the main bracket by fifth-seeded Troy Nickerson yesterday (who advanced to the championship today), won his first three bouts today to earn his first All-America honors. Gardner posted a 12-2 major decision over Fresno State's Cory Borges in his first wrestleback match and edged Northern Illinois' Patrick Castillo, 5-4. In the fifth round, Gardner upended Central Michigan's 11th-seeded Luke Smith, 14-5 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals and secure All-America recognition. Sixth-seeded Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State ended Gardner's run, but the Cardinal co-captain will now compete for seventh place tomorrow.

The final bouts of the consolation bracket will begin Saturday morning 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; maj. dec. Cory Borges(Fresno State), 12-2; dec. Patrick Castillo (Northern Illinois), 5-4;maj. dec. #11 Luke Smith (Central Michigan), 14-5; lost to #6 ColemanScott (Oklahoma State), 7-0

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