Stanford Falls to Fullerton in Season-Opening Duals

Nov. 20, 2004

Fullerton, Calif. - Amidst three wrestling mats of action, Stanford could not quite come up with a victory over Cal State Fullerton. In the first dual of the 2004-05 wrestling season, the Titans hung on to defeat the Cardinal by a score of 23-14.

Stanford won four of the matches behind some of the stronger wrestlers on this Cardinal team. In his first official action since winning his national championship, Matt Gentry (157) won a major decision over Angelo Lago 8-0. Fellow senior Nathan Peterson (125) also won his match, a 7-5 decision over Jesse Miramontes.

Redshirt freshman Josh Zupancic (149) continues to wrestle well, winning a narrow 8-7 decision over Jeff Silva. When Gentry won the following match, the team scores were tied 10-10 half way through the dual. Fullerton went on to win the next three matches, however, including Leonel Sanchez's 8-6 come-from-behind win over Imad Kharbush (174). Sanchez is ranked as high as 12th in the nation by some analysts. Ian Bork (197) won a 17-3 major decision against Charlie Walz in the last match, to give Stanford its final points.

Stanford won its dual against Fullerton last year by a score of 20-12. The Cardinal hopes to regroup for tomorrow's California Open, also being held at Fullerton.

Notes: The night also featured an exhibition dual between Embry-Riddle and a Cal State Fullerton B-team, as well as a dual between Santa Ana College (35) and Palomar College (4) ... Attendance was 1,637 ... The Cardinal is back on the mats Sunday at 9.00 am for the California Open.

HVY - Landon Seefeldt (CSF) maj. dec. Shawn Ritzenthaler (STAN), 12-4
125 - Nathan Peterson (STAN) dec. Jesse Miramontes (CSF), 7-5
133 - Paul Tice (CSF) dec. Rafael Chavez (STAN), 14-8
141 - Juan Mora (CSF) pinned Chris Hayworth (STAN), 6:37
149 - Josh Zupancic (STAN) dec. Jeff Silva (CSF), 8-7
157 - Matt Gentry (STAN) maj. dec. Angelo Lago (CSF), 8-0
165 - Risto Marttinen (CSF) dec. Scott Loescher (STAN), 7-3
174 - Leonel Sanchez (CSF) dec. Imad Kharbush (STAN), 8-6
184 - Jesse Taylor (CSF) maj. dec. Mark Egesdal (STAN), 13-3
197 - Ian Bork (STAN) maj. dec. Charlie Walz (CSF), 17-3