Tanner Gardner Claims Third Title of the Season at Las Vegas Invitational
Dec. 1, 2007
Las Vegas, Nev. - After two straight fourth place finishes at the event, Tanner Gardner made his final trip to the Las Vegas Invitational count. The senior won all five of his matches to improve to 17-0 on the year, and topped Missouri's Tony Pescaglia in the championship bout to claim his third tournament title of the year.
Gardner, who three matches to advance to the semifinals yesterday, began the day with an 11-0 major decision over No. 16 Rollie Peterkin of Penn to advance to the championship bout. The two-time All-American then bested Pescaglia, 9-7, to win his third tournament title in as many tries. Facing a field that included ten of the nation's top 25 125-pounders, Gardner came out on top, improving his record to an unblemished 17-0.
At 157 pounds, senior Josh Zupancic dropped a decision to No. 12 Mike Chandler of Missouri this morning, falling just one match short of placing.
Stanford's next competition is set for Dec. 19, when the team will head back to Nevada for the annual Reno Tournament of Champions.
Tanner Gardner (5-0, 1st place): pinned Eddie Lopez (Western State), 1:15; pinned Sean Roman-Marin (CS Fullerton), 2:04; dec. No. 14 Brandon Kinney (Columbia), 8-4; maj. dec. No. 16 Rollie Peterkin (Penn), 11-0; dec. Tony Pescaglia (Missouri), 9-7.
Matt Kim (0-2): lost by tech. fall to Kellen Russell (Michigan), 16-0; lost to Richard Lohr (Northern Colorado), 5-3 (OT).
Lucas Espericueta (2-2): lost to No. 20 Kyle Larson (Oregon State), 5-1; dec. Camille DuPont (Western State), 4-2; dec. Cody Chipperfield (Wyoming), 9-4; fall to Jeremy Doyle (CS Bakersfield), 5:03.
Josh Zupancic (2-2): dec. Derik Sickels (Columbia), 5-3; dec. Jason Johnstone (Ohio State), 12-8; lost to No. 6 Matt Kocher (Pittsburgh), 4-3; lost to No. 12 Mike Chandler (Missouri), 7-3.
Peter Miller (1-2): dec. Eric Coxbill (Wyoming), 3-2; fall to No. 8 Nick Marable (Missouri), 0:29; lost to Chris Jones (Missouri Valley), 8-2.
Luke Feist (1-2): lost to No. 2 Matt Stolpinski (Navy), 6-2; dec. Kevin Owen (North Carolina), 5-3; lost to Scott Giffin (Penn), 6-1.
Zack Giesen (1-2): lost maj. dec. to Dave Sullivan (Pittsburgh), 8-0; maj. dec. Erik Schuth (Ohio), 11-0; fall to Colt Reece (Wyoming), 3:55.
Jake Johnson (1-2): dec. Ryan Allen (Boise State), 5-3; fall to No. 8 Dallas Herbst (Wisconsin), 1:26; lost to No. 14 Jason Trulson (Arizona State), 7-2.
Phillip Doerner (2-2): lost to Leuon Mock (Brown), 5-2; win by default Bryan Stansburg (Colorado School of Mines); dec. Tim Ofield (North Idaho), 6-3; lost to Nick Smith (Boise State), 11-4.