Cardinal Draws And Loses Twice At Stanford Duals

Jan. 10, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team (3-10-1, 0-3 Pac-10) fell to Columbia and UC Davis and battled Drexel to a 21-21 draw today at the Stanford Duals in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal opened with a tight 22-18 loss at the hands of Columbia, before knotting with the Dragons of Drexel. In the final dual of the day, UC Davis claimed a 28-12 victory.

The annual event included five schools and seven duals. Pac-10 representatives UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield both went undefeated on the day. Stanford wrestled a man short in all three matches.

For the Cardinal, redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui (19-4) rallied with another perfect three-win day, building his win streak to six consecutive matches. The 165-pounder now owns a team-best 12-2 dual record and leads the squad with 50 points.

Sophomore 149-pounder Max Rosefigura (14-13) and junior 184-pounder Jake Johnson (22-12) each won two bouts on the afternoon.

Stanford began the day against Columbia, where 125-pound freshman Matt Sencenbaugh (6-19) lost the Cardinal's opening bout to the Lions' Kevin Tao. Leading 2-1 late in the final period, Sencenbaugh gave up a three-point nearfall give Tao the 4-2 win.

After forfeiting at 133 pounds, the Cardinal sent sophomore Cameron Teitelman out to meet Shane Strumwasser at 141 pounds. Tied 5-5 with riding time on his side, Teitelman suffered Stanford's second frustrating loss, as Strumwasser was awarded a point on Teitelman's third caution, then escaped with time winding down to win 7-6.

With the team down 12-0, Rosefigura finally broke the Lions' streak. The sophomore held on for a 4-3 victory over Matt Dunn at 149 pounds to put Stanford on the board.

At 157 pounds, however, sophomore Lucas Espericueta was caught on his back just 19 seconds into the bout by Derek Sickles.

Now in an 18-3 hole, the second half of Stanford's lineup began a fierce comeback to tie at 18. Amuchastegui picked up an 8-2 win over Eren Civan, then freshman Victor stepped out and took a forfeit. Johnson pushed forward with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Kenji Porter that brought the Cardinal within three, giving senior Luke Feist a chance to tie.

After falling behind early to Columbia sophomore Lou Miller, Feist scored the winning takedown in the final minute of action, picked up a 4-2 decision and knotted the dual score at 18.

Back from injury and wrestling in the first match of his collegiate career, redshirt freshman Matt Winterbourne put up a valiant fight against the nation's 15th-ranked heavyweight, Ryan Flores, but fell by major decision 12-2.

Stanford quickly focused its efforts on the next bout, beginning again at 125 pounds against Drexel.

Sencenbaugh, a true freshman, rallied from behind to best Michael Gomez in opening match of the dual, 10-6, winning the first dual match of his young career.

Stanford fell behind when it again was forced to forfeit the 133-pound weight class.

At 141 pounds, Teitelman went scoreless with Matt Dugan until the third period, but gave up a late nearfall to suffer his second close loss of the day, 3-0.

Rosefigura again stepped up at 149 pounds, pinning his fourth opponent of the year. With no points on the board, Rosefigura took Robert Robinson straight to his back late in the second period and stuck him in 4:51.

Drexel broke the 9-9 tie when Billy Haydt took down Espericueta late in the third period and turned him for a three-point nearfall. Haydt claimed the 5-4 win and put his team in front 12-9.

Amuchastegui answered for Stanford, however, pinning his fifth opponent of the year in 4:15. The redshirt freshman caught Scott Hunter on his back in the second period, and swing the momentum back in Stanford's favor.

At 174 pounds, Haug battled Brian Stouffer to overtime, but was taken down to give Stouffer the 3-1 sudden victory decision.

With the dual tied once again, Johnson put Justin Weiller flat on his back in 3:56 and gave Stanford a six-point cushion heading into the final two matches.

Feist took an early lead on No. 11 Jon Oplinger at 197 pounds, and held onto the advantage until the third period. The nationally ranked senior took Feist down three times in the final two minutes, however, and earned an 8-5 decision.

With the dual again in his hands, Winterbourne held Kyle Frey to a decision, 9-3, and secured the 21-21 team draw.

Stanford turned its attention to Pac-10 foe UC Davis, looking for its first conference win of the year.

Sencenbaugh lost a 9-0 major decision to 16th-ranked Marcos Orozco at 125 pounds to start things off, but the Cardinal benefited when Austin Quarles took a forfeit at 133 pounds and gave Stanford a 6-3 lead.

Nexi Delgado bested Teitelman, 7-3, and Barrett Abel bested Rosefigura, 5-1, to give the Aggies back the lead at 9-6, but Espericueta and Amuchastegui teamed to quickly win it back. Espericueta rode out Joey Wilson in the second period, then quickly escaped in the third to win 2-0. Amuchastegui scored a reversal with 13 seconds remaining in the match to upend NCAA qualifier Dustin Noack at 165 pounds, 2-1.

Haug was pinned by Tyler Bernacchi in the 174-pound bout (2:28) and Johnson suffered his first loss of the day at the hands of Jon Clark, 12-6. Feist scored the tying takedown with two seconds left to force overtime with Abe Otrambo, but lost 7-5 after giving up a sudden victory takedown.

With the match sealed in UC Davis' favor, Stanford forfeited the heavyweight bout to bring the final score to 28-12.

The Cardinal returns to action on Friday, taking on Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. at 7 p.m. (MT).

Columbia 22, Stanford 18
125 - Kevin Tao (C) dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 4-2
133 - Andrew Grabfelder (C) by forfeit
141 - Shane Strumwasser (C) dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 7-6
149 - Max Rosefigura (S) dec. Matt Dunn (C), 4-3
157 - Derek Sickles (C) pinned Lucas Espericueta (S), 0:19
165 - Nick Amuchastegui (S) dec. Eren Civan (C), 8-2
174 - Victor Haug (S) by forfeit
184 - Jake Johnson (S) dec. Kenji Porter (C), 6-3
197 - Luke Feist (S) dec. Lou Miller (C), 4-2
HWT - No. 15 Ryan Flores (C) maj. dec. Matt Winterbourne (S), 12-2

Drexel 21, Stanford 21
125 - Matt Sencenbaugh (S) dec. Michael Gomez (D), 10-6
133 - Frank Cimato (D) by forfeit
141 - Matt Dugan (D) dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 3-0
149 - Max Rosefigura (S) pinned Robert Robinson (D), 4:51
157 - Billy Haydt (D) dec. Lucas Espericueta (S), 5-4
165 - Nick Amuchastegui (S) pinned Scott Hunter (D), 4:15
174 - Brian Stouffer (D) dec. Victor Haug (S), 3-1 (OT)
184 - Jake Johnson (S) pinned Justin Wieller (D), 3:56
197 - No. 11 Jon Oplinger (D) dec. Luke Feist (S), 8-5
HWT - Kyle Frey (D) dec. Matt Winterbourne (S), 9-3

UC Davis 28, Stanford 12
125 - No. 16 Marcos Orozco (U) maj. dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 9-0
133 - Austin Quarles (S) by forfeit
141 - Nexi Delgado (U) dec. Cameron Teitelman (S), 7-3
149 - Barrett Abel (U) dec. Max Rosefigura (S), 5-1
157 - Lucas Espericueta (S) dec. Joey Wilson (U), 2-0
165 - Nick Amuchastegui (S) dec. Dustin Noack (U), 2-1
174 - Tyler Bernacchi (U) pinned Victor Haug (S), 2:28
184 - Jon Clark (U) dec. Jake Johnson (S), 12-6
197 - Abe Otrambo (U) dec. Luke Feist (S), 7-5 (OT)
HWT - Ricky Alcala (U) by forfeit

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