Stanford Tops Mercyhurst, Falls to Maryland and Edinboro to Open Season

Nov. 4, 2006

Erie, Pa. - The Stanford wrestling team began the 2006-07 season today at the Avalon Duals in Erie, Pa. The Cardinal dropped its first two duals of the day to Maryland (27-12) and No. 13 Edinboro (30-7), but finished the day strong with a 28-19 victory over Mercyhurst.

Against Maryland, the Cardinal took an early lead when junior Tanner Gardner pinned James Knox in 5:19. The Terrapins caught up with three-straight wins, but junior Josh Zupancic stopped the run with a 7-2 decision over Mike McGill at 157 pounds. In his collegiate debut, freshman Zack Giesen collected the only remaining win for the Cardinal, claiming a 4-0 decision over Rich DoPierto at 184 pounds.

The Cardinal continued action against the host team, Edinboro, and picked up wins at 125 pounds and 165 pounds. Gardner earned his second-straight win with a 13-0 major decision over Eric Morrill at 125 pounds. Senior Brian Perry highlighted the day with an 11-8 decision over fourth-ranked Deonte Penn at 165 pounds. Two Stanford wrestlers came up just short, as Zupancic was edged by No. 17 Matt Hill, 3-2, at 157 pounds and sophomore Luke Feist fell in a close 5-4 decision to Phil Moricone at 174 pounds.

Stanford earned up its first win of the season in the final dual with Mercyhurst. At 125 pounds, Gardner pinned Payne Lint in 4:16 for his third win of the day and freshman Cameron Teitelman picked up his first collegiate win with an 11-4 decision over Braxdon Scaletta at 133 pounds. Mercyhurst pulled into a tie with wins at 141 pounds and 149 pounds, but Zupancic pinned Andy Lamancusa and Perry claimed a 12-2 major decision over Hudson Harrison to give the Cardinal a 10-point advantage. After Mercyhurst's Zack Schafer won by fall at 174 pounds, Cardinal freshman Zack Giesen stepped up with a 4-1 decision over Trevor Gallo. Sophomore Jared Boyer picked up his first win of the season with a win by fall over Rich Froats in 2:17 to seal the victory for the Cardinal.

Stanford heads to Fargo, ND next Saturday to compete in the Bison Open. The first Pac-10 dual for the Cardinal will be Nov. 17 at Cal State Fullerton.

125 - Tanner Gardner(S) fall over James Knox(M), 5:19
133 - John Kohler(M) dec. Cameron Teitelman(S), 5-4
141 - Charlie Pinto(M) maj. dec. Rafael Chavez(S), 14-4
149 - Andrew Schlaffer(M) tech. fall Steven Frehn(S), 19-2 (4:24)
157 - Josh Zupancic(S) dec. Mike McGill(M), 7-2
165 - Jason Kiessling(M) dec. Brian Perry(S), 10-6
174 - Mike Letts(M) dec. Luke Feist(S), 8-6
184 - Zack Giesen(S) dec. Rich DoPierto(M), 4-0
197 - Hudson Taylor(M) fall over Jared Boyer(S), 1:06
Hwt.- Jerry Afari(M) dec. Phillip Doemer(S), 7-3

125 - Tanner Gardner(S) maj. dec. Eric Morrill(E), 13-0
133 - Ricky deubel(E) dec. Cameron Teitelman(S), 9-4
141 - Daryl Cocozzo(E) maj. dec. Rafael Chavez(S), 12-0
149 - Gregor Gillespie(E) tech. fall Steve Frehn(S), 16-0 (2:29)
157 - Matt Hill(E) dec. Josh Zupancic(S), 3-2
165 - Brian Perry(S) dec. Deonte Penn(E), 11-8
174 - Phil Moricone(E) dec. Luke Feist(S), 5-4
184 - Alex Clemsen(E) dec. Zack Giesen(S), 8-3
197 - Jim Gibson(E) maj. dec. Jared Boyer(S), 11-3
Hwt.- Joe Fendone(E) tech. fall Phil Doerner(S), 18-1(6:05)

125 - Tanner Gardner(S) fall over Payne Lint(M), 4:16
133 - Cameron Teitelman(S) dec. Braxdon Scaletta(M), 11-4
141 - J.J. Zanetta(M) dec. Rafael Chavez(S), 14-6
149 - Don Cummings(M) fall over Steven Frehn(S), 2:32
157 - Josh Zupancic(S) fall over Andy Lamancusa(M), 3:39
165 - Brian Perry(S) maj. dec. Hudson Harrison(M), 12-2
174 - Zack Schafer(M) fall over Luke Feist(S), 6:46
184 - Zack Giesen(S) dec. Trevor Gallo(M), 4-1
197 - Jared Boyer(S) fall over Rich Froats(M), 2:17
Hwt.- Kenny Bluska(M) dec. Phillip Doehmer(S), 6-2

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