Six Cardinal Wrestlers Head Into Second Day of Pac-10 Championships

March 2, 2003

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Boise, ID - Stanford finished the first day of the 2003 Pac-10 Championships with 37.5 team points on campus of Boise State University. Six Cardinal wrestlers will compete tomorrow for the chance to earn an NCAA bid. Each of the six is one bout from the third place match at his weight.

At 125 pounds, Nathan Peterson (Georgetown, IN/Floyd Central) posted two wins this morning before falling to the top-seed, Boise State's Ben VomBaur, 5-0 this afternoon. Peterson will face the second-seed Vic Moreno (Cal Poly) tomorrow.

Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside) lost a 1-1 tiebreaker match to Jesse Brock (BSU) to be sent to the 133-pound consolation bracket. He will face the No. 4-seed, Matt Sanchez (CSUB) in his first bout tomorrow.

Scott Polley (Bonner Springs, KS/Bonner Springs) will face Nick Davis (UC Davis) tomorrow at 149 pounds. Polley dropped his first match today against the fourth-seed, but came back with two straight wins to put himself in position to place. He posted a 6-3 decision over Roberto Vargas (CSUB) before ending the day by pinning Portland State's Stuart Eggertson at 1:31.

Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley) will face No. 3-seed Rocky Smart (ASU). Gentry was upset by Boise State's Ben Cherrington this morning, but posted a 13-1 major decision over Nick Hopping (CP) to end the day.

Harold Penson (Richmond Heights, OH/Richmond Heights) dropped his first bout to the second seed, Oregon's Shane Webster, this morning but tabbed two decisions to advance in the consolation bracket. Penson will face the fourth-seeded Chris Carlino (CSUF) tomorrow.

John Garfinkel (Quartz Hill, CA/Highland) posted an upset win over Boise State's Tony D'Amico this morning before dropping a 6-2 decision to Jed Pennell (OSU) this afternoon. Garfinkel will face Brian Travers (CSUB) tomorrow morning.

Session III will begin Monday, March 3rd at 11 a.m. For more information and updated brackets, please check the Boise State Athletics website at

Team Results:

1. Arizona State (114.5)
2. Boise State (109.0)
3. Oregon State (60.5)
4. CS-Bakersfield (51.5)
5. Oregon (51.0)
6. Cal Poly (46.0)
7. UC Davis (38.0)
8. Stanford (37.5)
9. CS-Fullertson (29.5)
10. Portland State (28.0)

Stanford Results:
125 - #4 Nathan Peterson (2-1): dec. Robert Valenzuela (CSUF), 3-1; dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 4-2 SV; lost to #1 Ben VomBaur (BSU), 5-0.
133 - #3 Brad Metzler (1-1): dec. Tim Norman (OSU), 4-3; lost to Jesse Brock (BSU), 1-1 TB.
141 - Brendon Fox (0-2): lost to Anthony Baza (CSUB), 13-2; lost to Chris Brines (UCD), 5-2.
149 - Scott Polley (2-1): lost to #4 Matt Cox (CP), 5-3; dec. Roberto Vargas (CSUB), 6-3; pinned Stuart Eggertson (PSU), fall at 1:31.
157 - #1 Matt Gentry (1-1): lost to Ben Cherrington (BSU), 9-8, maj. dec. Nick Hopping (CP), 13-1.
165 - Garrett Johnston (0-2): lost to #1 Nick Frost (ASU), pinned at 6:32; lost to #4 Nathan Ploehn (BSU), 4-2.
174 - Harold Penson (2-1): lost to #2 Shane Webster (O), 22-8; dec. Shannon Sams (UCD), 6-4; dec. Joe Brady (CP), 5-3.
184 - John Garfinkel (1-1): dec. #3 Tony D'Amico (BSU), 3-2; lost to Jed Pennell (OSU), 6-2.
197 - Larry Ozowara (1-2): lost to #4 K.C. Walsh (BSU), pinned a 2:55; maj. dec. Scott O'Bear (CSUB), 19-11; lost to Randy Davidson (PSU), 11-3.285 - Shawn Ritzenthaler (0-2): lost to #3 Andy Bowlby (OSU), tech. fall 20-4 at 3:53; lost to Bryan Webster (CSUF), 14-3.

Championship Matches for the 2003 Pac-10 Wrestling Tournament
125 Pounds -- #1 Ben VomBaur, Boise State vs. #3 Efren Ceballos, Cal-State Bakersfield
133 -- Mike Simpson, Arizona State vs. Jesse Brock, Boise State
141 -- #1 Dana Holland, Arizona State vs. #2 Gabe Vigil, Boise State
149 -- #1 Eric Larkin, Arizona State vs. #2 Collin Robetson, Boise State
157 -- #4 Brian Cobb, Cal-State Bakersfield vs. #2 Jeremiah Jarvis, Cal-Davis
165 -- #1 Nick Frost, Arizona State vs. #3 EricArbogast, Portland State
174 -- #1 Curtis Owen, Arizona State vs. #2 Shane Webster, Oregon
184 -- #1 Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly vs. #2 Jeb Pennell, Oregon State
197 -- #4 K.C. Walsh, Boise State vs. #2 Ryan Bader, Arizona State
HWT -- #1 Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State vs. #2 Boe Rushton, Boise State

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