Peter Miller Claims FILA Junior National All-America Honors in Freestyle

April 17, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. - Cardinal freshman Peter Miller led the way for the Cardinal in Las Vegas this weekend, capturing freestyle All-America honors and coming within one bout of Greco-Roman All-America honors at the FILA Junior Nationals. Additionally, volunteer assistant coach Matt Gentry posted a sixth-place finish in the freestyle division at the U.S. Senior Nationals to earn All-America recognition.

Miller, a redshirt freshman from Saint Louis, Mo., won a pair of matches in the Greco-Roman field at 74 kg on Thursday, and came away with All-America honors in freestyle, despite an injury that knocked him into eighth place. Miller lost his first bout, but won five-straight before defaulting out in the third period in his consolation quarterfinal match. Miller claimed eighth place with a medical forfeit in his final pairing.

Fellow freshman Matt Kim won six matches at 60 kg in the FILA Junior Nationals freestyle division, also coming just one bout shy of All-America honors. Kim opened competition with a pin, and then fell into the wrestleback bracket, where he won five-straight before falling out of the tournament.

Kyle Pubols and Tyler Parker also competed in the freestyle division, both at 66 kg. Parker was eliminated after an injury, while Pubols posted two victories before falling out of the tournament.

At the U.S. Senior Nationals, Gentry posted the top finish, with a sixth-place showing in freestyle at 74 kg. Gentry won three matches, giving up a total of just three points, en route to his top finish and All-America honors.

Sophomore Phillip Doerner also competed in freestyle at the Senior Nationals, at 120 kg, while sophomore Rafael Chavez and redshirt freshmen Luke Feist and Jared Boyer all competed in the Senior National Qualifier tournament, with Boyer leading the way with three wins.

Sophomore Scott Loescher was the Cardinal's lone entrant in the Senior National Greco-Roman field. Loescher captured one victory in the qualifier tournament.

Stanford will continue to compete on the national level, as the Cardinal readies for the University National Championships in Evanston, Ill., on April 28-30.

Juniors - Greco-Roman
74 kg - Peter Miller (2-2) - Main bracket: lost to Tyler Sherfey (Bronco Wrestling Club), 6-0. 6-0; Consolation bracket: dec. Brandon Smith (Tornado Wrestling Club), 5-2,4-0; dec. Alex Darkovsky (unattached), 6-5,7-0; lost to Phil Meinert (Minnesota Storm), 6-5, 0-6, 6-0.

Juniors - Freestyle
60 kg - Matt Kim (6-2) - Main bracket: pinned Elton Jim (FLC Wrestling), fall at 1:09; lost to Kyle Ruschell (Badger W.C), 3-1, fall at 0:49; Consolation bracket: dec. Scott Kelly (Keystone Wrestling Club), 1-1, 3-1, 2-0; dec. Brandon Zoetewey (Roadrunner Express), 10-3, 4-1; pinned Tyler Howard (West Point), fall at 1:16; dec. Rodney Sager (Utah Valley), 6-3, 0-2, 5-4; lost to Rick Rappo (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 10-2, 7-0.
66 kg - Kyle Pubols (2-2) - Main bracket: pinned Jeff Trafelet (North Montana Wrestling Club), fall at 1:26; lost to Nexi Delgado, 4-0, 1-1; Consolation bracket: win by forfeit over Tyler Parker (Stanford); lost to Chad Terry (Oklahoma Underdog), 6-1, 1-0.
66 kg - Tyler Parker (0-1) - Main bracket: lost to John Basting, 3-1, 7-0; Consolation bracket: forfeit.
74 kg - Peter Miller (5-2, 8th Place) - Main bracket: lost to Matt Dragon (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 0-1, 5-2, 5-4; Consolation bracket: dec. Efrain Escudero (Pima Aztec), 6-0, 3-0; dec. Matt Everson (Minnesota Storm), 0-1, 6-0, 5-0; dec. Jacob Ison (Bobcat Wrestling Club), 7-0, 0-7, 4-1; tech. fall Mike Metzger (Badger W.C.), 6-0, 7-0; pinned Eddie Skowneski (Michigan Wrestling Club), (5-0) fall at 0:41; lost to Mark Friend (Penn State), injury default; medical forfeit.

Seniors - Freestyle Qualifications
66kg - Rafael Chavez (0-2) - Main bracket: lost to Matt Schumm (Roadrunner Express), 1-3, 3-0, 4-1; Consolation bracket: lost to Dustin Baynes (LC Wrestling Club), 4-0, 3-2.
84 kg - Luke Feist (1-2) - Main bracket: pinned Dwight Middleton (East Los Angeles Cen), fall at 1:20; lost to James Medeiros (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 1-0,1-1,6-0; Consolation bracket: lost to Trent Kirchhefer, 6-5, 0-8, 4-1.
96 kg - Jared Boyer (3-2) - Main bracket: lost to Max Askren (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 7-1 pinned at 1:02; Consolation bracket: tech. fall Doug Bardin (Army Freestyle), 7-0, 7-0; dec. Jerry Lindsley (Raider Wrestling Club), 2-1, 4-2; dec. Aaron Barnette (Team South WV), 1-0, 6-0; lost to Anton Talamantes (Army), 6-0, 1-0.

Seniors - Greco-Roman Qualification
74 kg - Scott Loescher (1-2) - Main bracket: dec. Pat Cadwallader (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 0-6, 6-4, 2-0; lost to Kevin Lozano (Gator Wrestling Club), 2-0, 2-1; lost to Matt Nagel (Minnesota Storm), 0-6, 4-0, 3-1.

Seniors - Freestyle
74 kg - Matt Gentry (3-3, 6th place) - Main bracket: dec. Matt Pell (Tiger Wrestling Club), 2-1, 2-1; lost to Donny Pritzlaff (NYAC), 1-0, 4-0; Consolation Bracket: dec. Joey Hooker (Cornell), 1-0, 4-1; dec. Trent Paulson (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 3-0, 3-0; lost to Joe Heskett (Gator Wrestling Club), 6-5, 0-3, 6-0; lost to Ramico Blackmon (NYAC), 0-1, 4-0, 1-0.
120 kg - Phillip Doerner (0-2) - Main bracket: lost to Tolly Thompson (Sunkist Wrestling Club), 7-0, 7-0; Consolation bracket: lost to Brian Keck (Cleveland Wrestling), 2-0, 5-0.

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