Seven Place at Bison Open
Nov. 11, 2006
Fargo, ND -
Eleven Cardinal wrestlers picked up wins and seven placed at the 37th annual Bison Open hosted by North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND today. Facing some of the top competition in the nation, including wrestlers from top-ranked Minnesota, Stanford posted 35 total wins across 12 wrestlers. 187 wrestlers competed in the event, representing ten different schools from around the nation.
Junior Tanner Gardner remained undefeated, earning four wins and a first place finish at 125 pounds. Gardner defeated Minnesota's Jayson Ness, 1-0, in the final to capture the title.
At 157 pounds, junior Josh Zupancic finished in second place, posting four consecutive wins to advance to the final, before being defeated by fifth-ranked CP Schlatter of Minnesota, 3-0.
At 165 pounds, two Cardinal wrestlers placed, with junior Scott Loescher finishing second and senior Brian Perry finishing third. Loescher picked up four-straight wins, including three by fall, to advance to the final, where he dropped a decision to Minnesota's Scott Glasser, 6-1. Perry won three-straight before meeting Glasser, but bounced back to win the consolation bracket with a 5-0 decision over Kyle Trout of MSU Moorhead.
Sophomore Luke Feist placed third at 174 pounds, pinning Kenny Moenkedick of North Dakota State in 5:13 in the third place match.
Freshman Zack Giesen finished the day with a 4-1 record, and took third place with a 3-0 decision over Travis Birhanzl of Southwest State at 184 pounds.
Heavyweight Phillip Doerner rounded out the place-winners for the Cardinal, with a fifth-place finish.
Stanford (1-2) begins conference action on Friday, heading to Cal State Fullerton for its first Pac-10 dual.