Matt Gentry Takes Third at University Nationals

April 30, 2006

Evanston, Ill. - Stanford volunteer assistant coach and first-ever NCAA Champion Matt Gentry posted a 6-1 record at the 2006 University Nationals en route to a third-place finish at the Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Hall on the campus of Northwestern University.

Gentry began the day with a shutout win over Harvard's Bobby Latessa to advance to the semifinals, where he matched up against Iowa State's Trent Paulson. Paulson narrowly edged Gentry, 0-1, 2-0, 2-2 but Gentry posted his second win of the tournament over Pitt's Matt Kocher and then added a 1-0, 3-1 victory over Paulson's twin brother, Travis Paulson, in the wrestleback championship to take third place.

Redshirt freshman Luke Feist added another win to his record before falling out of the competition. Feist finished the weekend with four wins, including a 3-0, 2-1 decision over this year's Pac-10 Champion at 165 pounds, Patrick Pitsch of Arizona State.

Sophomore Phillip Doerner also ended his day in the consolation bracket, but finished the tournament with one win.

University Nationals - Freestyle
Evanston, Ill. * April 30, 2006
74 kg
Matt Gentry (6-1, Third Place): Main Bracket: pinned John Andrews (Tiger WC), fall at 1:23; dec. Joey Knox (Chattanooga), 2-0, 5-0; dec. Matt Kocher (Pittsburgh), 1-1, 5-2; dec. Bobby Latessa (Harvard), 1-0, 4-0; lost to Trent Paulson (Cyclone WC), 0-1, 2-0, 2-2; Consolation Bracket: dec. Matt Kocher (Pittsburgh), 1-1, 4-0; dec. Travis Paulson (Cyclone WC), 1-0, 3-1.

84 kg
Luke Feist (4-2): Main Bracket:lost to Jake Varner (Cyclone WC), 3-0, pinned at 1:09; Consolation Bracket: pinned Brett Giehl (Wu-Tang Clan WC), fall at 1:48; dec. Patrick Pitsch (Sunkist Kids), 3-0, 2-1; dec. Nathaniel Augustson (Ohio International), 6-3, 5-3; dec. Michael Moore (Cornell), 3-0, 1-0; lost to Terry Madden (NYAC), 5-2, 6-0.

120 kg
Phillip Doerner (1-2): Main Bracket:dec. Joseph Sheffield (Trojan WC), 3-1, 2-1; lost to Ed Prendergaust (Naval Academy), 6-4, 5-4; Consolation Bracket:lost to A.J. Brooks, 3-1, 5-3.

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