Muller, Shughart Place at Boxer Open

Feb. 2, 2008

Forest Grove, Ore. - Two Cardinal wrestlers posted successful runs today at the Boxer Open hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Senior heavyweight Mark Shughart took second place, and redshirt freshman Alex Muller won three consecutive matches to claim third place at 174 pounds.

After dropping his first bout, Muller battled back through the 174-pound consolation bracket to take third place. Muller rattled off three consecutive wins, including a 4-1 decision over Southern Oregon's Andrew Marshall in the third place match, to place in his first collegiate tournament.

Shughart won his first two bouts to reach the heavyweight championship, but was pinned by Southern Oregon's Marcus Moore to take second. Shughart, who is in his first year of collegiate wrestling, also placed for the first time in his career.

True freshmen Blair Matsuura (133 pounds) and Austin Quarles (125 pounds) also competed in the tournament, and got a chance to battle Pac-10 competition.

The Cardinal squad will meet defending Pac-10 Champion Oregon State tomorrow in Corvallis, Ore.

Stanford Results
Boxer Open
February 2, 2008

125 pounds

Austin Quarles (0-3): fall to Jesse Kane (Oregon State), 1:53; lost to Justin Phelps (Pacific), 8-4; lost by tech. fall to Marty Ing (Clackamas CC), 17-0.

133 pounds

Blair Matsuura (0-2): lost to Tyler Phillips (Oregon State), 8-7; fall to David Prado (Arizona State), 3:22.

174 pounds

Alex Muller (3-1, 3rd place): lost to Jason Appleton (Southern Oregon), 9-3; dec. Marshall Cook (Pacific), 3-2; win by default Lane Locke (Southern Oregon); dec. Andrew Marshall (Southern Oregon), 4-1.

Heavyweight

Mark Shughart (2-1, 2nd place): dec. Chris Henry (Unattached), 4-0; dec. Skylar Massey (Southern Oregon), 3-2; fall to Marcus Moore (Southern Oregon), 2:02.

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