Three Cardinal Wrestlers Secure Spots at Nationals

Feb. 24, 2007

Bakersfield, Calif. -

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Three Stanford wrestlers advanced to Pac-10 Championship matches today, and secured spots at the NCAA Championships in March. Juniors Tanner Gardner and Josh Zupancic along with freshman Zack Giesen will attempt to win conference titles tomorrow night, before heading home to prepare for nationals. Senior Brian Perry and sophomore Luke Feist have secured spots among the Pac-10 placewinners, and remain in the hunt for an automatic or wild card NCAA berth. As a team, Stanford stands fifth with 62.5 points.

At 125 pounds, Gardner tacked on his third win of the day with a 6-3 decision over fifth-seeded Marcos Orozco of UC Davis. The top-seeded Cardinal junior, who is ranked third nationally, will look to claim his first Pac-10 title tomorrow. Gardner will face Oregon State's Eric Stevenson in the championship bout at 6 p.m.

Zupancic avenged a Feb. 2 overtime loss to Cal Poly's Chase Pami at 157 pounds, this time coming out on top with a 4-2 decision. Zupancic, who has guaranteed himself at least a second place finish and a trip to Detroit for the National Championships, will take on top-seeded and third-ranked Brian Stith of Arizona State for the Pac-10 title.

At 165 pounds, Perry fell to No. 13 Patrick Pitsch of Arizona State in the semifinals, 7-2. The senior, who is guaranteed to place at Pac-10s for the second time in his career, will look for his second win of the season over Bryan Tice of Cal State Fullerton in the consolation semifinals tomorrow. At 174 pounds, Feist fell to No. 4 Ken Cook of UC Davis, 14-2, but also remains alive in the consolation semifinals. Feist will take on sixth-seeded Nick Hernandez of Cal Poly in his first match of the day.

At 184 pounds, Giesen won his semifinal match over Yuri Kalika of Cal Poly by injury default. He will get a re-match with the conference's top-seeded 184-pounder, Greg Gifford, in the Pac-10 Championship tomorrow night.

125 pounds

Tanner Gardner (3-0): pinned Jaime Hernandez (CS Fullerton), 3:46; maj. dec. Cory Fish (Boise State), 15-3; dec. Marcos Orozco (UC Davis), 6-3.

133 pounds

Cameron Teitelman (0-2): lost to Levi Jones (Boise State), 4-3; lost maj. dec. to Shawn Jones (Arizona State), 10-1.

141 pounds

Matt Kim (1-2): fall to Derek Moore (UC Davis), 2:28; dec. Greg Einerson (Portland State), 10-3; fall to Dave Roberts (Cal Poly), 2:25.

149 pounds

Tyler Parker (1-2): lost to Brandon Doyle (CS Bakersfield), 8-4; dec. Eric Maldonado (Cal Poly), 7-6; lost to Jeremy McLaughlin (Oregon), 4-3.

157 pounds

Josh Zupancic (2-0): maj. dec. Paul Tice (CS Fullerton), 9-1; dec. Chase Pami (Cal Poly), 4-2.

165 pounds

Brian Perry (1-1): pinned Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 1:49; lost to Patrick Pitsch (Arizona State), 7-2.

174 pounds

Luke Feist (1-1): dec. Ron Lee (Oregon), 9-7; lost maj. dec. to Ken Cook (UC Davis), 14-2.

184 pounds

Zack Giesen (2-0): maj. dec. Ernesto Ancona (CS Bakersfield), 19-6; win by default Yuri Kalika (Cal Poly).

197 pounds

Jared Boyer (0-2): fall to Brandon Halsey (CS Bakersfield), 1:48; lost to John Drake (CS Fullerton), 3-2.

Heavyweight

Phillip Doerner (1-2): fall to Ty Watterson (Oregon State), 2:18; dec. Zack Smith (Portland State), 7-2; lost maj. dec. to Chris Dearmon (Oregon), 13-3.

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