Five Cardinal Wrestlers Advance to Tonight's Semifinals

Feb. 24, 2007

Bakersfield, Calif. -

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The Cardinal wrestling team went 6-5 during Session I action at the Pac-10 Championships in Bakersfield, Calif. this morning, with five Stanford wrestlers advancing to semifinal matches. At the end of the first session, Stanford stands in fourth place as a team, with 32.5 points.

At 125 pounds, top-seeded Tanner Gardner pinned Cal State Fullerton's Jaime Hernandez in 3:46 in a pigtail round to start the day. Gardner then posted a 15-3 major decision over Cory Fish of Boise State to advance to the semifinals. He will face fifth-seeded Marcos Orozco of UC Davis in tonight's semifinal match-up.

At 157 pounds, junior Josh Zupancic posted a 9-1 major decision over Paul Tice of Cal State Fullerton to advance to the semifinals, and will meet third-seeded Chase Pami of Cal Poly for a place in the conference final.

At 165 pounds, senior Brian Perry pinned Daniel Atondo of Cal State Bakersfield in 1:49 to earn his ticket to the semifinals. He will battle second-seeded Patrick Pitsch of Arizona State later tonight for a spot in the 165-pound championship.

At 174 pounds, sophomore Luke Feist defeated Ron Lee of Oregon 9-7 in his first match of the day. He is slated to take on top-seeded Ken Cook of UC Davis in the next round.

At 184 pounds, Zack Giesen dominated Ernesto Ancona of host Cal State Bakersfield,19-6, and will meet No. 2 Yuri Kalika of Cal Poly in tonight's semifinal.

The Cardinal continues Session II action tonight in Bakersfield. Gardner, Zupancic, Perry, Feist and Giesen will battle for a spot in the Pac-10 Championship match, while the other five Stanford wrestlers will look to stay alive through the consolation quarterfinals.

125 pounds

Tanner Gardner (2-0): pinned Jaime Hernandez (CS Fullerton), 3:46; maj. dec. Cory Fish (Boise State), 15-3

133 pounds

Cameron Teitelman (0-1): lost to Levi Jones (Boise State), 4-3

141 pounds

Matt Kim (0-1): fall to Derek Moore (UC Davis), 2:28

149 pounds

Tyler Parker (0-1): lost to Brandon Doyle (CS Bakersfield), 8-4

157 pounds

Josh Zupancic (1-0): maj. dec. Paul Tice (CS Fullerton), 9-1

165 pounds

Brian Perry (1-0): pinned Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 1:49

174 pounds

Luke Feist (1-0): dec. Ron Lee (Oregon), 9-7

184 pounds

Zack Giesen (1-0): maj. dec. Ernesto Ancona (CS Bakersfield), 19-6

197 pounds

Jared Boyer (0-1): fall to Brandon Halsey (CS Bakersfield), 1:48


Phillip Doerner (0-1): fall to Ty Watterson (Oregon State), 2:18

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