Matt Gentry Selected to Compete at NWCA All-Star Classic

Jan. 26, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford's Matt Gentry has accepted an invitation to compete at the 38th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Star Classic. The meet, featuring two of the top wrestlers in the nation at every weight class, will take place on Monday, February 2nd, 2004.

Matt Gentry, currently undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation at 157 pounds, is the first Stanford Cardinal ever invited to this prestigious event. He will face Ohio University's Jake Percival, who is also undefeated and is ranked third in the nation.

Gentry has been a star this season on the Cardinal wrestling team. He is currently 29-0 on the season with three individual tournament championships. He took home first place at the Central Missouri Open (11/16/03), the California Open (11/22/03), and the Aggie Open (1/17/04). Gentry now boasts a career record of 96-21 on the Farm and is closing in on Stanford's all-time career win record. He is only 13 wins behind his head coach, Steve Buddie, who holds Stanford's record of 109 career wins. 'I joke with Gentry all the time about it,' said Coach Buddie.

Assistant coach Jay Jackson will accompany Matt Gentry to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls for the competition. Gentry will wrestle at this Friday's dual against Cal State Fullerton, but will not travel with the team to San Francisco for the All California Invitational on Saturday. He will spend the weekend preparing for the meet. The All-Star Classic, presented by the United States Marine Corps, will start at 8:00 pm on Monday, February 2nd.

'On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, we would like to thank the wrestlers, coaches, and spectators for supporting our signature event. It is one of the few opportunities we have to showcase our sport's heroes and champions to a national audience,' stated Jack Maughan, President of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

This year's All-Star Classic features four NCAA champions, one NAIA champion, and five wrestlers currently ranked top in the nation. It promises to showcase some of the best wrestling of the season and often previews the upcoming NCAA championships. Gentry has a chance to shine against the top collegiate competition in the country.

Tentative Schedule for 2004 NWCA All-Star Classic:

125 #2 Luke Eustice (Iowa) vs. #3 Mark Moos (Michigan)
133 #1 Travis Lee (Cornell) vs. #3 Mark Jayne (Illinois)
141 #1 Teyon Ware (Oklahoma) vs. #2 Scott Moore (Virginia)
149 #5 Dustin Manotti (Cornell) vs. #6 Jeremy Spates (Missouri)
157 #3 Jake Percival (Ohio) vs. #4 Matt Gentry (Stanford)
165 #2 Tyrone Lewis (Oklahoma State) vs. #3 Matt King (Edinboro)
174 #1 Chris Pendleton (Oklahoma State) vs. #3 Ryan Lange (Purdue)
184 #1 Greg Jones (West Virginia) vs. #2 Ben Heizer (Northern Illinois)
197 #1 (NAIA) Emmett Willson (MSN) vs. #6 Sean Stender (Northern Iowa)
285 #1 Tommy Rowlands (Ohio State) vs. #2 Pat Cummins (Penn State)

Coaches: Brad Penrith (Northern Iowa), Rob Koll (Cornell), Joe Parisi (Lindenwood) and Paul Schmidt (Nassau Community College)

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