Stanford Wrestlers Compete at Central Missouri Open

Nov. 17, 2003

Warrensburg, Miss. - The Cardinal wrestling team took 14 competitors to the midwest to compete in the Central Missouri Open. Stanford placed three wrestlers in the top six of their weight classes, some of which had as many as 50 competitors.

Matt Gentry made a strong statement capturing his first tournament title of the season, winning four of his six matches by fall, including a semi-final pin over up-and-coming Oklahoma State star Johnny Hendricks. He then went on to defeat Joe Johnston of Iowa in the finals by a 10-8 margin.

Gentry's teammate and co-captain Brad Metzler also reached the finals, falling just short against two-time All-American Cliff Moore of Iowa by a 3-1 score.

The final Stanford grappler to place in Missouri is the much-improved and highly dangerous John Garfinkel. Garfinkel won six matches on the day to bring home a third place finish.

Complete Stanford results from the Central Missouri Open:

Tanner Gardner (4-2); Def. Chad Meyer (Missouri Valley), 8-5. Lost to Chris Saferite (Central Oklahoma), 5-4. Def. Shane Caruthers (Central Oklahoma), 4-2. Def. Javier Maldonado (U. Tenn. Chatt), 7-3. Def. Ronnie Smith (Neosho), 6-4. Lost to Tim Kephart (Missouri), 8-3.

Brad Metzler (4-1), 2nd place; Def. Ned Shuck (Iowa) by fall in 2:25. Def. Kyle Waag (Central Missouri State) by tech. fall in 5:08. Def. Mickey Henry (Central Oklahoma), 3-0. Def. Merrick Meyer (Truman State), 2-1 (TB-1). Lost to Cliff Moore (Iowa), 3-1.

Zack Hensley (3-2); Def. Andrew Loos (Neosho), 14-9. Lost to Jaime Williams (Lindenwood), 7-3. Def. Stephan McNeil (Neosho) by tech. fall in 5:58. Def. Mike Pila (Eastern Illinois), 1-0. Lost to Jason Leavitt (Neosho), 14-7.
Scott Polley (2-2); Def. R. Buchalis (U. Tenn. Chattanooga), 4-1. Def. Jeremiah Rhodes (Central Oklahoma), 7-5. Lost to Mark Dickman (Meramec), 3-2. Lost to Jason Leavitt (Neosho), 7-5 SV.
Brendon Fox (1-2); Lost to David Elliot (McKendree) by fall in 2:50. Def. Darius Dabney (MacMurray), 7-2. Lost to Greg Macey (Missouri Valley), 11-6.

Matt Gentry (6-0), 1st place; Def. Kevin Mooney (Missouri Valley) by fall in :50. Def. Marcus Russell (Central Missouri) by fall in 3:23. Def. Joe Uker (Iowa), 9-4. Def. Brett Behenna (Central Oklahoma) by fall in :37. Def. Johnny Hendricks (Oklahoma State) by fall in 5:12. Def. Joe Johnston (Iowa), 10-8.

Brian Perry (3-2); Lost to Drew Dickerson (Missouri Valley), 11-6. Def. Joe Campbell (Missouri Valley), 5-0. Def. Chris Lingle (Missouri Valley) by fall in 2:39. Def. Dan Roberts (Bacone) by fall in 3:15. Lost to Gabe Conaghan (Missouri), 4-3.
Garrett Johnston (0-2); Lost to Gabe Conaghan (Missouri), 9-6. Lost to M. Jackson (Neosho), 4-2.

Imad Kharbush (2-2); Josh Mawby (Missouri Valley), 7-1. Lost to Tyler Nixt (Iowa), 5-3. Def. Brent Parkey (Oklahoma State), 4-3. Lost to Bill Smallwood (Central Oklahoma), 3-2.
Ryan Hagen (1-2); Def. Jamie Newton (Central Missouri), 7-1. Lost to Jason Tapia (Central Oklahoma), 5-2. Lost to Adam Fellers (Iowa), 3-1.

John Garfinkel (6-1), 3rd place; Def. Jeff Cobb (Missouri Valley), 7-3. Def. Bryan Tapley (Central Oklahoma), 3-1. Lost to Kevin Grece (Central Missouri), 5-1. Def. Bryan Tapley (Central Oklahoma), 3-2. Def. Adam Sesso (Eastern Illinois), 5-1. Def. Mario Thomas (Missouri Valley) by fall in 5:30. Def. Greg Nurrenbern (Truman State), 3-0.
Mark Egesdal (1-2); lost to Todd Feager (McKendree), 5-2. Def. Pat Dapkus (Central Missouri), 4-0. Lost to Phillip Kownslar (Oklahoma) by fall in 3:24.

Ian Bork (2-2); Def. Clint Freeman (Missouri) by fall in 1:11. Lost to Plamen Paskalev (Central Missouri), 10-1. Def. Quinton McGill (Neosho), 15-11. Lost to Kevin Lochner (Central Oklahoma), 15-1.
Larry Ozowara (1-2); Lost to Niko Koliastasis (Bacone), 3-2. Def. Ben Eberwein (McKendree) by maj. dec. 13-4. Lost to Shane Hall (Missouri Valley) by fall in :20.

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