Tanner Gardner Takes Title at Reno Tournament of Champions

Dec. 21, 2006

Reno, Nev. - All 12 Stanford wrestlers picked up wins and three placed at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev. today. The Cardinal combined for 35 wins and junior Tanner Gardner won his second tournament of the year at 125 pounds. Junior Josh Zupancic finished second, placing for the fourth time this season. Junior Scott Loescher tallied six wins on his way to a third place finish.

Gardner went a perfect 5-0 on the day, topping two ranked wrestlers to capture the title. The Berryton, Kans. native earned a spot in the championship match with an 8-2 decision over No. 13 Luke Smith of Central Michigan. In the final, the Cardinal junior posted a 7-4 win over defending Pac-10 Champion Chad Mendes of Cal Poly, a wrestler currently ranking sixth in the nation.

At 157 pounds, Zupancic rattled off four consecutive wins, including an 8-4 decision over Brandon Girtz of Minnesota State Mankato in the semifinals, to advance to his second title match of the season. In the championship bout, Zupancic was edged by No. 20 Tyler Sherfey of Boise State, 1-0.

At 165 pounds, Loescher posted a decision over Dominic Ross of Clarion and a major decision over Jake McCoy of Oregon, before dropping into the consolation bracket with a loss to Trevor Stewart of Central Michigan. The junior battled back with four-straight wins, and finished the day by pinning Northwestern's Greg Hagel in the third place match. Teammate Brian Perry came within one match of placing, posting four wins before dropping a 3-1 decision to Loescher.

'We wrestled better than we did in Vegas, but we still have lots of areas to improve on,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'It was definitely a good showing though. Anytime we get competition in a tournament like this and place three guys, it's good. We got some great wins and saw some things that we need to improve on, but overall it was a good way to finish the year.'

The Cardinal returns to action at the Southern Scuffle in Greensboro, NC, Dec. 29-30.

125 pounds

Tanner Gardner (5-0), 1st place: tech. fall Trevor Lofstedt (Southern Oregon), 16-1; pinned Forest Bouge (Great Falls), 6:06; dec. Ryan Dunn (Oregon), 6-1; dec. Luke Smith (Central Michigan), 8-2; dec. Chad Mendes (Cal Poly), 7-4.

133 pounds

Cameron Teitelman (2-2): lost maj. dec. to Sal Lascari (Clarion), 16-4; pinned Spencer Jasper (Duke), 0:16; dec. Dominic Murphy (Embry-Riddle), 5-0; lost to Conor Beebe (Central Michigan), 9-6.

149 pounds

Tyler Parker (1-2): dec. Zack Frazier (Oregon), 7-4; lost to Morgan Atkinson (CS Fullerton), 6-0; lost to Mark Powell (Purdue), 4-1.

Steven Frehn (1-2): lost by tech. fall to Carter Downing (Western Wyoming CC), 16-0; dec. Joe Kelso (Adams State), 6-2; fall to Derek Kipperberg (Oregon State), 1:51.

157 pounds

Josh Zupancic (4-1), 2nd place: maj. dec. Andy Hall (Oregon State), 14-2; tech. fall Addison Nuding (Duke), 16-1; dec. Eric Neil (Central Michigan), 3-1; dec. Brandon Girtz (Minnesota State Mankato), 8-4; lost to Tyler Sherfey (Boise State), 1-0.

165 pounds

Brian Perry (4-2): pinned Aaron Glover (Duke), 4:05; lost to Kevin Wainscott (Oklahoma State), 8-4; dec. Dominic Ross (Clarion), 6-5; maj. dec. Kyle Dubs (UC Davis), 12-2; dec. Ryan Smith (Great Falls), 5-4; lost to Scott Loescher (Stanford), 3-1.

Scott Loescher (6-1), 3rd place: dec. Dominic Ross (Clarion), 6-4; maj. dec. Jake McCoy (Oregon), 11-1; lost to Trevor Stewart (Central Michigan), 4-0; pinned Evan Copeland (Adams State), 1:30; dec. Brian Perry (Stanford), 3-1; maj. dec. Kevin Wainscott (Oklahoma State), 11-2; pinned Greg Hagel (Northwestern), 5:29.

174 pounds

Luke Feist (4-2): lost to Ricky Renzi (Arizona State), 5-3; pinned Scott Joseph (Clarion), 1:25; dec. Alex Pavlenko (Arizona State), 3-1; dec. Darius Caldwell (Citadel), 4-2; dec. Nick Corpe (Purdue), 5-3; lost maj. dec. to Brandon Mason (Oklahoma State), 9-0.

Jake Johnson (3-2): lost to Nick Walden (Embry-Riddle), 10-5; dec. James Reynolds (Adams State), 8-5; win by default Kyle Walters (Liberty); win by default Ricky Renzi (Arizona State); lost to Nate Lee (Boise State), 5-2.

184 pounds

Zack Giesen (2-2): lost maj. dec. to Chris Daggett (Liberty), 15-5; maj. dec. Chet Slevin (Western Wyoming CC), 10-1; dec. Hase Locke (Southern Oregon), 8-3; lost to Keeno Griffin (Newberry), 8-7.

197 pounds

Jared Boyer (1-2): dec. Matt Casperson (Boise State), 3-1; lost to Brandon Halsey, (CS Bakersfield), 6-3; lost to Casey Woodall (Adams State), 8-5.

HWT

Phillip Doerner (2-2): dec. Melvin Birke (Southwestern Oregon CC), 10-3, lost to Bubba Gritter (Central Michigan), 8-2; win by default Leo Schmitt (Minnesota State Mankato); lost to Josh Robinson (Montana State Northern), 7-3.

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