Stanford Drops Opening Duals In Bakersfield

Nov. 8, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Led by sophomore Porfirio Madrigal, Stanford wrestlers won seven bouts today but lost both of its opening duals at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif. The Cardinal dropped its season opener to No. 21 Navy, 27-11, before falling to conference opponent Cal State Bakersfield, 28-13.

Madrigal, who is off to a 4-1 start this year, won both of his bouts at 133 pounds by major decision. Junior Jake Johnson, sophomore Max Rosefigura and sophomore Lucas Espericueta also picked up wins for the Cardinal, while freshmen Nick Amuchastegui and Victor Haug both earned the first dual wins of their young careers.

In the dual against the Midshipmen, Stanford dropped a major decision at 125 pounds before Madrigal evened the score with an 11-3 victory over Navy freshman Aaron Kalil. The Cardinal sophomore scored a key takedown with 33 seconds remaining, then held on for riding time to ensure the bonus-point win.

After winning a tight 3-0 decision at 141 pounds, the Midshipmen broke out to an 11-4 lead with a major decision at 149 pounds. At 157 pounds, 20th-ranked Espericueta was edged by Navy's Joel Ahern on riding time, 3-2.

Amuchastegui put the Cardinal back on track with his first career dual win at 165 pounds, putting Navy senior Jason Coyne on his back in the third period to claim an 11-1 major decision.

With the deficit whittled to 14-8, Stanford lost a major decision at 174 pounds to give Navy a 10-point cushion. In the 184-pound match, Stanford gave up a takedown with 26 seconds left to drop a 6-5 decision and put Navy up 21-8.

Junior Jake Johnson rallied with five points in the third period to earn an 8-3 decision over Philip Neese at 197 pounds.

Stanford forfeited the bout at heavyweight and Navy claimed the 27-11 victory.

Stanford immediately began a battle against Cal State Bakersfield, getting an early start to the Pac-10 season. The Cardinal dropped another major decision at 125 pounds, but Madrigal knotted the score again with his second major decision of the day. The Healdsburg, Calif. native came from behind in the second period to pick up a 17-9 win over Bakersfield's Justin Durham.

Stanford lost another close match at 141 pounds to give the Roadrunners the lead back, but at 149 pounds, Rosefigura scored a takedown with 16 seconds remaining to pick up a 6-5 decision and tie the team score back up at 7-7.

At 157 pounds, another exciting battle went in the Cardinal's favor, with Espericueta scoring a takedown with just one second remaining to top Trevor Hall, 6-5. With the win, Stanford took its first lead of the day, 10-7.

The Cardinal lost by fall at 165 pounds, however, then was forced to forfeit the 174-pound bout.

Haug, a true freshman, picked up his first career dual win at 184 pounds, coming from behind with five points in the third period to win an 11-8 decision.

Stanford lost a 12-5 decision at 197 pounds, then forfeited the match at heavyweight to reach the final score of 28-13.

The Cardinal returns to the mat next Friday night, taking on the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie, Wyo. at 5 p.m. (MT).

Stanford 11, Navy 27
125 - Prescott Garner (N) maj. dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 12-3
133 - Porfirio Madrigal (S) maj. dec. Aaron Kalil (N), 11-3
141 - John Majka (N) dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 3-0
149 - No.18 Bryce Saddoris (N) maj. dec. Max Rosefigura (S), 14-4
157 - Joel Ahern (N) dec. Lucas Espericueta (S), 3-2
165 - Nick Amuchastegui (S) maj. dec. Jason Coyne (N), 11-1
174 - Luke Rebertus (N) maj. dec. Victor Haug (S), 11-1
184 - Casey Caldwell (N) dec. Kyle Barrett (S), 6-5
197 - Jake Johnson (S) dec. Philip Neese (N), 8-3
HWT - No. 5 Scott Steele (N) by forfeit

Stanford 13, Cal State Bakersfield 28
125 - No. 17 Brandon Zoetewey (B) maj. dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 13-0
133 - Porfirio Madrigal (S) maj. dec. Justin Durham (B), 17-9
141 - Elijah Nacita (B) dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 11-8
149 - Max Rosefigura (S) dec. Sam Barnhart (B), 6-5
157 - No. 20 Lucas Espericueta (S) dec. Trevor Hall (B), 6-5
165 - Joey Granata (B) pinned Nick Amuchastegui (S), 2:12
174 - Jason Points (B) by forfeit
184 - Victor Haug (S) dec. Seamus Dean (B), 11-8
197 - Riley Orozco (B) dec. Jake Johnson (S), 12-5
HWT - No. 20 Mitch Monteiro (B) by forfeit

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