Gardner, Zupancic Finish Seventh at NCAA Championships
March 17, 2007
Auburn Hills, Mich. - Two Stanford wrestlers secured seventh place finishes at the NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Mich. today, winning their final matches of the tournament. Juniors Tanner Gardner and Josh Zupancic completed the 2006-07 season with the 14th and 15th All-America honors in Stanford history and became the first pair of Stanford wrestlers to earn All-America honors in the same season.
In the seventh place match at 125 pounds, Gardner pinned Iowa's No. 5 Charlie Falck in the first period. The pin in 2:41 was the 14th of the season for Gardner, who finished the season with a 42-5 record, tying the Cardinal single-season win record.
At 157 pounds, Zupancic topped Ryan Hluschak of Drexel in overtime, and claimed a seventh place finish. Hluschak earned the first points of the bout, but Zupancic took the lead with 35 seconds remaining in the first period. Hluschak tied the score with a second period escape, but Zupancic took back the lead with a takedown 47 seconds into the second period. An escape, a takedown and a three-point near-fall late in the period put Zupancic at a 9-5 deficit but the Cardinal junior bounced back and tied the score with a takedown with four seconds remaining in the third period. Zupancic sealed the 11-10 decision with a reversal in the third overtime period.
Zupancic finishes the season with a 37-12 record and his first career All-America honor. Gardner is the second two-time All-American in Stanford history, and finishes the season with a 42-5 record. Stanford finished 32nd as a team with 16 points.
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