Cal State Fullerton Edges Stanford, 19-16

Nov. 22, 2002

Fullerton, Calif. - Stanford (2-2, 0-1 Pac-10) opened its conference season today at Cal State Fullerton (3-0, 2-0 Pac-10), but dropped a 19-16 decision to the Titans in a tightly contested meet.

Fullerton took the first lead of the day, but at 149, sophomore Scott Polley (Bonner Springs, KS/Bonner Springs) won a 12-8 decision to tie the meet at 3-3. Last season's win-leader, sophomore Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley) won his second match of the season with a 3-2 decision at 157 pounds to give the Cardinal its only lead of the day at 6-3. The Titans rallied and were able to score two decisions, a major decision and a pin to take the 19-6 lead with only three bouts to go.

The Cardinal was in position to strike with heavyweight Shawn Ritzenthaler (Powell, OH/Kilbourne) earning an 8-3 decision leaving two of Stanford's 2002 NCAA Qualifiers to close the meet. Junior Nathan Peterson (Georgetown, IN/Floyd Central) posted a 7-6 decision for his first win of the year, but Stanford trailed 19-12 with only one bout to go. Sophomore Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside) finished off Fullerton with a 10-1 major decision ending the meet at 19-16 in favor of the Titans.

Stanford and Fullerton will both compete in the All-California Open in Titan Gym tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd.

Cal State Fullerton 19 , Stanford 16
141- Juan Mora (CSF) dec. Justin Walker (STAN), 3-1 (3-0)
149- Scott Polley (STAN) dec. Brett Gordon (CSF), 12-8 (3-3)
157- Matt Gentry (STAN) dec. Dustin Vance (CSF), 3-2 (3-6)
165- Risto Marttinen (CSF) dec. John Garfinkel (STAN), 6-3 (6-6)
174- Chris Carlino (CSF) maj. dec. Ryan Hagen (STAN), 16-5 (10-6)
184- Rowdy Lundegreen (CSF) pinned Mark Egesdal (STAN), 2:08 (16-6)
197- Landon Seefeldt (CSF) dec. Nick Lukens (STAN), 7-2 (19-6)
HWT- Shawn Ritzenthaler (STAN) dec. Edgar Hernandez (CSF), 8-3 (19-9)
125- Nathan Peterson (STAN) dec. Robert Valenzuela (CSF), 7-6 (19-12)
133- Brad Metzler (STAN) maj. dec. David Rodriguez (CSF), 10-1 (19-16)

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