Stanford Wrestling Ties Cal State Fullerton, 20-20

Jan. 31, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford wrestling tied Cal State Fullerton, 20-20, Sunday, at the San Diego Sports Hall in the Ford Center. The Cardinal now stands at 8-7-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Titans are 2-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the conference.

The dual began at 157 pounds with redshirt freshman Mike Kent dropping a 4-2 decision to junior Steven De La Fuente. Kent scored first with a takedown in the first period, but De La Fuente tied the score with one of his own in the second. De La Fuente took the lead with a near fall to end the second period. Kent falls to 8-13 on the season.

Redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui gave the Cardinal the lead, pinning the Titans’ freshman Sam Silva in 2:59 at 165 pounds. Amuchastegui is now 24-4 on the season and 14-1 in dual matches.

The Titans tied the score at 6-6 as junior Todd Noel posted a 7-3 decision over the Cardinal’s Jake Johnson at 174 pounds. Johnson falls to 15-14 on the year and 6-8 in dual matches.

At 184 pounds, 12th-ranked Zack Giesen put Stanford back on top with a 17-7 major decision over Cal State Fullerton’s Mark Savalle. Giesen tallied six takedowns as he improves to 24-4 overall and 13-2 in dual matches this season.

Freshman Richard Kessler edged Cal State Fullerton’s Ethan Weisrock, 5-4, at 197 pounds to increase Stanford’s lead to 13-6. Kessler scored first with a takedown in the first period and then added an escape to start the second period. Weisrock cut the lead to one with a takedown, but Kessler maintained his lead with another escape going into the final period. Weisrock tied the score with a takedown in the third, but Kessler scored one final escape for the victory.

Cal State Fullerton cut the dual score to 13-12 as the Cardinal was forced to forfeit at heavyweight.

At 125 pounds, Stanford freshman Ryan Mango came from behind to upset 19th-ranked Andre Gonzalez with an 8-5 decision. Gonzalez scored first with a takedown, but Mango cut the lead to one with an escape midway through the first period. Gonzalez added to his lead with an escape to start the third, and then Mango went to work. The Saint Louis, Mo., native posted two takedowns and then scored his final three points with a near fall to end the match.

Mango improves to 19-11 overall and 10-6 in dual matches this season. He is currently two wins away from entering the top-10 in Stanford’s freshmen wins list.

At 133 pounds, redshirt junior Justin Paulsen used an 11-3 major decision over Aaron Navarrete to give Stanford a 20-12 lead in the dual. Paulsen scored with four takedowns and a reversal for Stanford. He earned his final point for riding time.

Cal State Fullerton’s Adin Duenas, ranked 13th nationally, posted a 24-8 technical fall over Stanford freshman Bret Baumbach at 141 pounds. The win cut the Cardinal’s dual lead to 20-17 going into the final bout of the day.

At 149 pounds, senior Tyler Parker dropped a 5-2 decision to the Titans’ Matt Lopez. The win for Cal State Fullerton tied the final dual score at 20-20.

Stanford hits the road next week, traveling to Davis, Calif., for a Pac-10 dual with UC Davis, Saturday, Feb 6 at 6 p.m. The Aggies will also serve as the host for the Pac-10 Championships, Feb. 26-27.

Stanford 20, Cal State Fullerton 20
157: Steven De La Fuente (F) dec. Mike Kent (S), 4-2
165: Nick Amuchastegui (S) fall 2:59 Sam Silva (F)
174: Todd Noel (F) dec. Jake Johnson (S), 7-3
184: No. 12 Zack Giesen (S) maj. dec. Mark Savalle (F), 17-7
197: Richard Kessler (S) dec. Ethan Weisrock (F), 5-4
HWT: No. 19 Kurt Klimek (F) won by forfeit
125: Ryan Mango (S) dec. No. 19 Andre Gonzalez (F), 8-5
133: Justin Paulsen (S) maj. dec. Aaron Navarrete (F), 11-3
141: No. 13 Adin Duenas (F) tech. fall Bret Baumbach (S), 24-8
149: Matt Lopez (F) dec. Tyler Parker (S), 5-2

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