Stanford Tops Cal State Fullerton, 29-16

Nov. 17, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team posted a 29-16 win over Cal State Fullerton this afternoon, in the squad's first Pac-10 dual of the season. Junior Tanner Gardner picked up his eighth-straight win, and the Cardinal won six of nine matches to earn the victory. Stanford improves to 2-2 on the season, while Cal State Fullerton falls to 0-1.

Three Cardinal wrestlers won by fall, as Gardner pinned Jaime Hernandez in 3:25 at 125 pounds, Rafael Chavez pinned Benny Garcia in 2:27 at 141 pounds and Brian Perry pinned Bobby Musser in 4:01 at 165 pounds.

Junior Josh Zupancic posted a 20-6 major decision over Brian Stills at 157 pounds and Luke Feist won his third-straight match with a 9-0 major decision over Ryan Budd at 174 pounds. Freshman Zack Giesen rounded out the Cardinal victories with a 6-5 decision over Ian Murphy.

'I'm really happy with how we wrestled overall,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'Our guys wrestled hard and scored a lot of bonus points, which made a difference. Zack Giesen had a huge win and continues to get better. Tanner Gardner continued his winning ways. Overall, it was a good result. This gives us some great momentum for the future.'

The Cardinal returns to action tomorrow at the Fullerton Open, where the squad will have a chance to get an early look at four more conference opponents.

Stanford 29, Cal State Fullerton 16
125 - Tanner Gardner (S) pinned Jaime Hernandez (F), 3:25
133 - T. J. Dillashaw (F) dec. Matt Kim (S), 6-3
141 - Rafael Chavez (S) pinned Benny Garcia (F), 2:27
149 - Morgan Atkinson (F) dec. Tyler Parker (S), 10-2
157 - Josh Zupancic (S) maj. dec. Brian Stills (F), 20-6
165 - Brian Perry (S) pinned Bobby Musser (F), 4:01
174 - Luke Feist (S) maj. dec. Ryan Budd (F), 9-0
184 - Zach Giesen (S) dec. Ian Murphy (F), 6-5
197 - John Drake (F) dec. Jared Boyer (S), 5-2
Hvy - Wade Sauer (F) by forfeit

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