Stanford Puts Up A Fight Against No. 10 Northwestern But Falls 25-15

Nov. 23, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Competing against one of the nation's top 10 teams today at Burnham Pavilion, the Stanford wrestling team wouldn't go down easily. The Cardinal won three of the eight contested weight classes, but suffered a 25-15 loss at the hands of No. 10 Northwestern.

The Cardinal, which once again wrestled a man short, got hard-fought wins from sophomore Porfirio Madrigal (9-4), junior Jake Johnson (11-4) and senior Luke Feist (1-2).

The day started at 125 pounds, where Northwestern All-American Brandon Precin caught Cardinal freshman Matt Sencenbaugh (2-8) on his back in the second period. The Wildcat junior picked up six points for his team with a win by fall in 4:54.

At 133 pounds, Madrigal stepped on the mat and immediately gave Stanford some momentum with a win over Wildcat sophomore Robert Joyce. The Healdsburg, Calif. native scored all three of his points in the final period, including a key takedown that proved to be the difference in the bout. The 3-2 decision improved the sophomore to 9-4 on the year, with a team-best 5-1 mark in duals.

Down 6-3, Stanford suffered tough losses at 141 pounds and 149 pounds. Freshman Timmy Boone (3-6) put up a fight against No. 16 Keith Sulzer, but dropped an 8-2 decision. Sophomore Max Rosefigura (5-6) took senior Marty Gould to overtime, but gave up a takedown to allow Gould the sudden victory win, 6-4.

Sophomore Lucas Espericueta (6-3) claimed a win by forfeit at 157 pounds, bringing Stanford within three points, 12-9.

In the 165-pound bout, redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui (8-2) had his seven-match winning streak snapped by Northwestern junior Dominic Marella, 6-4. In the next bout, 174-pound freshman Victor Haug (4-6) fell by major decision to Robert Kellogg, 18-7.

Stanford forfeited the 184-pound bout, sealing the match in favor of the Wildcats.

Down 25-9, however, Stanford rallied in its final two bouts of the afternoon. Feist, Stanford's lone senior and a two-time NCAA qualifier, wrestled for the first time at 197 pounds and shut out John Schoen, 7-0.

Johnson then wrestled as a heavyweight for the first time in his career and came through with an exciting 7-5 win. Entering the third period locked at 4-4, the Cardinal junior escaped, then scored a key takedown to nab his team-leading 11th win of the year.

Stanford returns to the mats on Wednesday, taking on a pair of Bay Area foes in Menlo College and San Francisco State. Action begins at 5 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Stanford 15, Northwestern 25
125 - No. 4 Brandon Precin (N) pinned Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 4:54
133 - Porfirio Madrigal (S) dec. Robert Joyce (N), 3-2
141 - No. 10 Keith Sulzer (N) dec. Timmy Boone (S), 8-2
149 - Marty Gould (N) dec. Max Rosefigura (S), 6-4 (OT)
157 - Lucas Espericueta (S) by forfeit
165 - Dominic Marella (N) dec. Nick Amuchastegui (S), 6-4
174 - Robert Kellogg (N) maj. dec. Victor Haug (S), 18-7
184 - No. 2 Jake Herbert (N) by forfeit
197 - Luke Feist (S) dec. John Schoen (N), 7-0
HWT - Jake Johnson (S) dec. Ben Kuhar (N), 7-5

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