Pac-10 Honors National Champion Matt Gentry and Coach Steve Buddie

March 31, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - Pac-10 coaches have voted Matt Gentry the Wrestler of the Year and Coach Steve Buddie received honors as Coach of the Year. These awards are the first ever for the Stanford wrestling program and come on the heels of the most successful season in Cardinal history. Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen also announced that Cal Poly's Darrell Vasquez (133) was voted Newcomer of the Year.

Matt Gentry becomes the first Stanford wrestler ever named Wrestler of the Year in the 29 years that the Pac-10 has given out the award. Gentry won both the NCAA and Pac-10 championships at 157 pounds after going 42-0 with seven pins this season. His Wrestler of the Year award follows up his 2002 selection as Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Coach Steve Buddie was selected by his peers as the best coach in the Pac-10 this season. This is also Stanford's first coach selected in the 29 years that the award has been presented. He guided the Cardinal to a 10-4 record, including a 6-2 mark in Pac-10 duals. Under Coach Buddie's direction, both Imad Kharbush and Matt Gentry took home Pac-10 crowns. Gentry also became the first Cardinal to reach the final of the NCAA tournament, and went on to win the title at 157 pounds. Last year, Coach Buddie was awarded the National Rookie Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News, and his wrestlers continue to dramatically improve under his tutelage.

Congratulations to both Matt Gentry and Coach Steve Buddie for their selection as the Pac-10's Wrestler and Coach of the Year awards respectively. Both stars will be returning next year to help lead the Cardinal wrestling program to even greater heights.

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