Cardinal Edges Cal State Bakersfield, 22-21

Jan. 21, 2007

Bakersfield, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team won a hard-fought battle with Cal State Bakersfield today, edging the Roadrunners in a tight contest at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, 22-21. The Cardinal (4-5, 2-1 Pac-10) won five matches, including two by fall, to slip past the Roadrunners and pick up its second Pac-10 win of the season. The Roadrunners fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10.

Action started at 149 pounds and the Roadrunners jumped out to an early lead when Jeremy Doyle earned a major decision over the Cardinal's Tyler Parker.

At 157 pounds, junior Josh Zupancic quickly answered, earning the first points for the Cardinal with a 10-3 decision over Daniel Alejandro.

Senior captain Brian Perry continued to Cardinal rally and vaulted the Cardinal into the lead, with an upset of Daniel Atondo, the second-ranked wrestler in the Pac-10. Perry scored a decisive reversal early in the third period to seal the 5-3 decision.

At 174 pounds, Luke Feist continued the Cardinal run, taking a dominating 8-0 lead over Garth Wara in the first period. Feist finished with an 11-1 major decision, extending the Cardinal lead to 10-4.

Freshman Zack Giesen continued his winning ways at 184 pounds, and extended his winning streak to six matches with a win over Ernesto Ancona. After jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the first period, Giesen pinned the Roadrunner junior 30 seconds into the third period. The win gave the Cardinal a 16-4 lead, Stanford's largest of the day.

The Roadrunners weren't ready to give up, however, and battled back into contention with wins at 197 pounds and heavyweight. Sophomore Jared Boyer fell in a 6-1 decision to Brandon Halsey, before Bakersfield's Colton Nichols won by fall over Phillip Doerner.

Cardinal standout Tanner Gardner stopped the Roadrunner momentum and energized the Cardinal, pinning Brandon Zoetewey in the first period and giving the Cardinal a much-needed cushion going into the final pair of matches. The junior, ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-10, pinned his ninth opponent of the season and improved his season record to 27-3.

The Roadrunners earned points back at 133 pounds, as Thomas Kimbrell scored a major decision over Cardinal freshman Cameron Teitelman, 14-2, and setting up a tough 141-pound showdown between Stanford's Matt Kim and Bakersfield's Matt Schumm.

With the Cardinal holding a five point lead, Kim needed to contain Bakersfield's only wrestler to make an appearance in the top-20 this season. Wrestling his first match at 141 pounds, Kim held off Schumm, giving up a 14-6 major decision, and sealing the team victory.

CS Bakersfield 21, Stanford 22125- No. 4 Tanner Gardner (S) pinned Brandon Zoetewey (B), 2:20
133- Thomas Kimbrell (B) maj. dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 14-2
141- Matt Schumm (B) maj. dec. Matt Kim (S), 14-6
149- Jeremy Doyle (B) maj. dec. Tyler Parker (S), 12-3
157- No. 17 Josh Zupancic (S) dec. Daniel Alejandro (B), 10-3
165- Brian Perry (S) dec. Daniel Atondo (B), 5-3
174- Luke Feist (S) maj dec. Garth Wara (B), 11-1
184- Zack Giesen (S) pinned Ernesto Ancona (B), 5:30
197- Brandon Halsey (B) dec. Jared Boyer (S), 6-1
HWT- Colton Nichols (B) pinned Phillip Doerner (S), 1:21

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