Stanford Dominates Oregon for its First Pac-10 Win This Season

Jan. 15, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Cardinal (4-4) dominated the Oregon Ducks 31-6 in this Pac-10 dual. This was Stanford's first victory over Oregon since 1995. Shawn Ritzenthaler (285) pulled out a close, come-from-behind victory over Cody Parker to cement an early lead, and the Ducks never scored again. Stanford won eight of the ten matches, with Brad Metzler (141) recording the only pin of the day against Johnny Lugo.

The Ducks and Cardinal traded decisions in the first four matches, with Imad Kharbush (174) scoring a decision and John Garfinkel (184) wrestling to a strong 13-2 victory. The Cardinal led 7-6 when the heavyweights stepped onto the mat. Ritzenthaler and Oregon frosh Cody Parker wrestled two very close periods before the Stanford sophomore tallied a narrow 10-8 decision with two reversals in the last minute.

After Ritzenthaler's win, the Cardinal were well on their way to victory. Decisions by Tanner Gardner (125), Paul Gross (133), and Luis Vendrell (149) steadily added to Stanford's lead. Gross wrestled Jason Harless, ranked 20th in the nation, to a solid 3-1 decision. The final points were scored by Metzler, with his pin at 1:56, and by All-American Matt Gentry (157) who won by forfeit when Oregon no longer had a chance of making the dual close.

The Cardinal next wrestles at the Aggie Open on Saturday, January 17th, in Davis, California. Stanford's next home dual will be against Cal State Fullerton on January 30th at 6:00 pm at Burnham Pavilion.

Stanford (31) vs. Oregon (6)
165 - Luke Larwin (UO) DEC. Brian Perry (Stanford) 3-1
174 - Imad Kharbush (Stanford) DEC. Chet McBee (UO) 11-8
184 - John Garfinkel (Stanford) MD. Dustin Fisher (UO) 13-2
197 - Jake Leair (UO) DEC. Ian Bork (Stanford) 5-3
285 - Shawn Ritzenthaler (Stanford) DEC. Cody Parker (UO) 10-8
125 - Tanner Gardner (Stanford) DEC. Joey Lucas (UO) 3-2
133 - Paul Gross (Stanford) DEC. Jason Harless (UO) 3-1
141 - Brad Metzler (Stanford) FALL Johnny Lugo (UO) 1:56
149 - Luis Vendrell (Stanford) DEC. Elliot Tracy (UO) 12-7
157 - Matt Gentry (Stanford) FF Joey Bracamonte (UO)

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