Gentry Crowned Champion, Team Finished Eighth in Reno

Dec. 22, 2004

Reno, Nev. - Stanford captured eighth place at this year's Reno Tournament of Champions, held Sunday at the Livestock Event Center in Reno, NV. Stanford placed three wrestlers in the top six in their respective weight classes, and limped home longing for some rest after finals week and a long day in Reno. The tournament served as a Pac-10 sneak preview as nine of the conference's ten teams were in attendance.

For the second tournament in a row, Gentry kept his win streak alive (now at an incredible 54 straight victories) in dramatic fashion. Gentry met Brian Stith of Arizona State in the finals. Stith wrestled Gentry to a 1-1 tie in regulation, only to be ridden in his half of the 30 second tiebreaker period. Gentry was able to escape in his half of the tiebreaker period, holding off Stith for a 2-1 victory.

Also placing for Stanford on the day were Scott Loescher (165 pounds), 5th, and Nathan Peterson (125 pounds), 6th. Loescher recorded five wins on the day to capture his medal, while Peterson went 3-3. Other notes on the day: Junior Imad Kharbush (174) cruised in his first two matches on the day before being forced to default out of the tournament due to a broken nose. Kharbush should be back in action soon. Junior Luis Vendrell (141) was also very impressive until a knee injury (extent of which is currently unknown) knocked him out of competition as well. This tournament also marked the return of junior Ryan Hagen to the Stanford lineup at 184 pounds. Hagen looked impressive in his return, going 2-2 on the day with two falls.

Stanford will take eight competitors to the prestigious Midlands Invitational next week in Evanston, IL, and then returns to dual meet action on January 8 in Grand Prairie, TX in the annual Lone Star Duals.

Complete Stanford Results at the Reno Tournament of Champions:

1. Oklahoma State 163.50
2. Arizona State 103.00
3. Fresno State 96.00
4. Oregon 87.00
5. Cal State Fullerton 82.00
6. Cal Poly 74.00
7. Cal State Bakersfield 67.50
8. Stanford 60.00
9. UC Davis 57.00
Boise State 57.00
11. Wisconsin-LaCrosse 56.00
12. Mankato State 41.50
13. Southern Oregon 34.00
14. Embry Riddle 30.00
15. Lassen College 20.00
16. Utah Valley State 11.50
17. Western Wyoming CC 9.50
18. Portland State 1.00
18. Central Missouri State 1.00

Nathan Peterson (3-3, 6th place)
dec. Charlie Dawson (Mankato State), 4-1; def. by Jesse Miramontes (Fullerton), 6-5; dec. Jordan Kolinski (Wisc. Lac.), 6-5; major dec. Richard Byrd (Embry Riddle), 11-2; def. by Efren Ceballos (Bakersfield), 6-5; def. by Christian Bowerman (Fresno State), 3-1.

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Luis Vendrell (2-1)
Major dec. Wade Kilgore (Central Missouri St.), 17-5; def. Theo White (Southern Oregon), 12-8; def. by Ronnie Delk (Oklahoma State), 6-3; Injured, out of tournament.
Chris Hayworth (1-2)
Pinned by Justin Rawle (Utah Valley State) 6:12; dec. Cody Plant (Western Wyoming), 4-2; def. by Theo White (Southern Oregon), 8-5.

Josh Zupancic (3-2)
def. by Jeff Silva (Fullerton), 8-7; major dec. Vince Bertucci (Central Missouri St.), 17-7; dec. David Roberts (Cal Poly), 9-8; major dec. Zack Flake (Lassen), 9-1; def. by Jeff Owens (Cal Poly), 3-2.
Ray Blake (0-2)
def. by Morgan Atkinson (Fullerton), 8-4 ; def. by Anthony Watson (Bakersfield), 17-10.

Matt Gentry (5-0, 1st place)
Major dec. Sohail Abrahinzadeh (Fullerton), 11-0; Fall Jesse Padilla (UC Davis), 2:05; dec. Lex Case (Boise State), 9-2; Default over Kevin Ward (Oklahoma State); dec. Brian Stith (ASU), 2-1 TB.

Scott Loescher (5-2, 5th place)
dec. Justin Cooper (Central Missouri St.), 9-7; fall Mark Blain (Utah Valley State), 2:57; def. by Johnny Hendricks (Oklahoma State), 12-7; dec. Jeremiah Nowak (Mankato State), 4-1; fall Shane Seibert (Fresno State), 2:19; def. by Brody Barrios (Cal Poly), 8-3; def. Pat Pitsch by default (ASU).
Brian Perry (1-2)
dec. Scott Dorn (Wisc. Lac), 9-3; def. by Christian Arrellano (Bakersfield), 9-2; def. by Joey Bracamonte (Oregon) fall in 5:19.

Imad Kharbush (2-0)
Fall David Garcia (Western Wyoming), 5:40; Major dec. Ben Gilliland (Boise State), 15-2; injured, out of tournament.

Ryan Hagen (2-2)
def. by David O'Brien (Southern Oregon), 4-2; fall over William Kuenzler (Western WY), 2:36; fall Joffre Lander (Embry Riddle), 4:07; def. by Jack Jensen (Oklahoma State), 2-1.

Ian Bork (1-2)
dec. Ralph Garcia (Cal Poly), 3-2; pinned by Marcio Botelho (Fresno State), 1:45; pinned by Jaime Hernandez (Embry Riddle), 3:49.

Shawn Ritzenthaler (0-2)
def. by Robert Charlton (Embry Riddle), 6-5; def. by Brock Maffia (UC Davis), 9-2.

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