Stanford Closes Out Season Against UC Davis and Fresno State This Weekend

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    Feb. 12, 2003

    Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's wrestling team will take on two Pac-10 opponents this weekend, as the Cardinal close out the 2002-03 season by hosting UC Davis on Friday, Feb. 14th and Fresno State on Sunday, Feb. 16th. Both duals will begin at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

    The Cardinal wrestlers are heading into the final part of the season and with two conference opponents to go, each starter will be looking to solidify his position for the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford's four leading wrestlers include last year's three NCAA Qualifiers and the Cardinal's lone senior.

    Sophomore Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley) is 25-5 on the year and 10-0 in dual competition. Gentry has faced his potential UC Davis opponent Frank Richmond twice this year at tournaments (the Aggies also have Jeremiah Jarvis at 157 pounds). At the Cal Open, Gentry handed Richmond a 5-0 decision as he claimed 4th place. The two matched up again at the Aggie Invitational and Gentry posted a 9-1 major decision as he earned 1st place. Gentry has squared off against three different Bulldogs this season and has collected a 2-1 record with two major decisions.

    Sophomore Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside) owns a 12-2 record with a 5-0 mark in duals. Although injuries have kept him off the mat for the past few weeks, Metzler is gearing up for the postseason and will look to defend his home turf this weekend. Metzler faced Fresno State's Javier Juarez in November and notched an 18-1 victory over the Bulldog as he claimed 1st place, but is slated to meet 133-pounder Derrick Hayes on Sunday.

    At 125 pounds, junior Nathan Peterson (Georgetown, IN/Floyd Central) has collected 15 wins this season including six dual victories. Senior Harold Penson (Richmond Heights, OH/Richmond Heights) has posted 14 wins, three coming in dual meets at 174 and 184 pounds. He defeated UC Davis' Dan Schön 5-3 as he claimed third place at the Cal Open, but will have another chance on Friday.

    After this weekend, the Cardinal will have a two-week break before the Pac-10 Championships in Boise, Idaho on March 2nd and 3rd. At the conference tournament, each wrestler will be trying to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships in Kansas City, MO on March 20th-22nd.

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