Stanford Wrestles Well at Prestigious Midlands Tournament

Jan. 1, 2004

Evanston, Ill. - Matt Gentry, ranked first in the Pac-10 for his weight class, took third place by defeating Matt Lebe of West Virginia 4-0 in the consolation finals. In an even more impressive performance, Gentry gave Chris Bono, an Olympic team hopeful, a strong test before falling very narrowly 8-7 in the semifinals. Gentry's overall record for the tournament was 5-1.

True freshman Tanner Gardner (125 lb) was impressive on the mats as he reached the third round before running into #1 seed Luke Eustice of Iowa, who was ranked second in the nation. Gardner fought the star wrestler to overtime before falling narrowly 4-2. With his strong performance, Gardner should receive national respect.

Imad Kharbush wrestled strongly in the 174 lb weight class, reaching the championship second round before running into 5th seed Noel Thompson of Hofstra. Ryan Hagen reached the 5th round of the consolation bracket by defeating teammate Kharbush in a 3-1 decision.

Illinois took the tournament title, narrowly beating out Iowa in the final standings.

Stanford next wrestles in Tempe, Arizona at the Sun Devils Duals. They will face West Virginia, Embry Rittle, and Arizona State in a series of duals on Sunday, January 4, 2004.

Individual results:
Tanner Gardner (1-2) def. Jermaine Jones (Ohio St.), 9-7. Lost to Luke Eustice (Iowa), 4-2 SV; Lost to Robbie Preston (Harvard), 3-2.

Matt Gentry (5-1, 3rd place); Def. Josh Mester (Central Mich), 6-2; Def. Arsen Aleksanyan (MSU), 5-0; Def. Matt Lebe (WVU), 6-0; Lost to Chris Bono (Sunkist), 8-7; Def. Brian Cobb (CSUB) by fall in 2:13; Def. Matt Lebe (WVU), 4-0.

Brian Perry (0-2); Lost to Nick Passolano (Iowa St.), 9-0; Lost to Waylon Lowe (Findlay), 11-5.

Ryan Hagen (4-2); Def. Ed Willis (Ohio U.), 3-2; Lost to Tim Hoff (EMU), 1-0. Def. AJ Blahut (Lincoln), 4-2; Def. Curtis Yeager (Millersville), 5-2. Def. Imad Kharbush (Stan), 3-1 SV; Lost to Bryce Hasseman (Bloomsburg), 6-1.

Imad Kharbush (1-2); Def. Nate Schy (Franklin & Marshall) by major dec, 12-4; Lost to Noel Thompson (Hofstra), 9-3; Lost to Ryan Hagen (Stan), 3-1 SV.

John Garfinkel (1-2); Lost to Brian Glynn (IL), 10-1; Def. Joe Gulotta (Northwestern), 7-4; Lost to Mike Kelly (Wildcat WC), 4-2 SV.

Ian Bork (0-2); Lost to Ryan Fulsass (IA) by fall in 4:26; Lost to Dustin Docter (N. Ill), 6-5.

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