Stanford in Seventh Place After First Session of Pac-10 Championships

March 2, 2003

Boise, ID -

Stanford picked up 18 team points after the first session of the 2003 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships this morning on the campus of Boise State University. Three Cardinal wrestlers remain in the championship bracket while seven will compete in the consolation bracket tonight.

Fourth-seeded Nathan Peterson (Georgetown, IN/Floyd Central) tabbed the first win of the tournament for the Cardinal with a 3-1 decision over Cal State Fullerton's Robert Valenzuela at 125 pounds and then tallied a 4-2 overtime sudden victory over UC Davis's Tommy Schurkamp. Peterson will face the top-seed, Boise State's Ben VomBaur tonight.

At 133 pounds, third-seed Brad Metzler (Omaha, NE/Westside) took a bye in the first round before posting a 4-3 decision over Oregon State's Tim Norman. Metzler will face Jesse Brock of Boise State tonight. Brock upset the second seed, UC Davis's Urijah Faber in the first round this morning.

The only number one seed to fall in the tournament so far is Stanford's Matt Gentry (Grants Pass, OR/North Valley), who was edged by Boise State's Ben Cherrington 9-8 after drawing a first round bye in the 157 pound weight class Gentry will face Cal Poly's Nick Hopping in the third round of the consolation bracket tonight.

Junior John Garfinkel (Quartz Hill, CA/Highland) posted his own upset as he recorded a 3-2 decision over the third-seeded Tony D'Amico at 184 pounds. Garfinkel draws the second-seed, Oregon State's Jed Pennell, tonight.

Session II is set to begin tonight at 6 p.m. For more information and updated brackets, please check the Boise State Athletics website at

Team Scores:
1. Arizona State (60.0)
2. Boise State (55.0)
3. Oregon State (36.0)
4. Oregon (30.0)
5. Cal Poly (27.5)
6. CS-Fullerton (21.0)
7t. Stanford (18.0)
7t. UC Davis (18.0)
9. CS-Bakersfield (15.0)
10. UC Davis (8.0)

Stanford Results:
125 - #4 Nathan Peterson (2-0): dec. Robert Valenzuela (CSUF), 3-1; dec. Tommy Schurkamp (UCD), 4-2 SV.
133 - #3 Brad Metzler (1-0): BYE; dec. Tim Norman (OSU), 4-3.
141 - Brendon Fox (0-1): lost to Anthony Baza (CSUB), 13-2.
149 - Scott Polley (0-1): BYE; lost to #4 Matt Cox (CP), 5-3.
157 - #1 Matt Gentry (0-1): BYE; lost to Ben Cherrington (BSU), 9-8.
165 - Garrett Johnston (0-1): BYE; lost to #1 Nick Frost (ASU), pinned at 6:32.
174 - Harold Penson (0-1): BYE; lost to #2 Shane Webster (O), 22-8.
184 - John Garfinkel (1-0): BYE; dec. #3 Tony D'Amico (BSU), 3-2.
197 - Larry Ozowara (0-1): BYE; lost to #4 K.C. Walsh (BSU), pinned a 2:55.
285 - Shawn Ritzenthaler (0-1): BYE; lost to #3 Andy Bowlby (OSU), tech. fall 20-4 at 3:53.

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