Gentry Wins at Midlands

Dec. 30, 2004

Evanston, Ill. - Matt Gentry simply cannot be stopped. The defending national champion swept through the 157 pound bracket at the Midlands tournament to take the crown, already his third individual title of the season. His school-record win streak stands at 57, dating back to March of 2003.

Wrestling fans saw the match-up they wanted in the finals, as one-seed Gentry took on two-seed Alex Tirapelle of Illinois. Gentry wrestled to a strong 5-1 decision to take the title. To reach the finals, Gentry secured decisions against three other opponents on the day, giving him a total of six victories at the tournament. His closest call came against Jeremiah Jarvis who wrestled for the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club. Gentry escaped with a narrow 9-8 decision over the UC Davis graduate, a Pac-10 opponent he had beaten twice last season. The Cardinal wrestler also recorded decisions over Paul Bjorlo of Virginia (11-4) and Trent Paulson of Iowa State (5-1).

The only other Cardinal to record wins at the Midlands were Tanner Gardner (125), who wrestled unattached in his redshirt season, and Ray Blake (149). Gardner's opening loss sent him to the consolation bracket, where he notched a 4-2 win over Penn's Mike Silengo and a 3-2 win over Iowa's Charlie Falk. Gardner then lost to Luke Smith of Central Michigan in another close match, this time coming out on the wrong end of a 4-2 decision. Blake beat Emmanuel Brooks of Lincoln 5-4, but had to forfeit to Rider's Mike Palma due to injury.

Notes: Stanford finished in 16th place with 26 team points in a 50-team field ... The University of Illinois won the tournament for the second year in a row with 130.5 team points ... The Cardinal's next action is at the Lone Star Duals on January 8, when Stanford will face Michigan, Air Force, and Harvard in a series of duals in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Complete Stanford results from the Midlands Tournament:

-125 pounds-
Tanner Gardner (2-2) [unattached]:
Lost to Robert Maldonado (William Rainey Harper College) by pin at 5:57; def. Mike Silengo (Penn) 4-2; def. Charlie Falk (Iowa) 3-2; lost to Luke Smith (Central Michigan) 4-2.

-141 pounds-
Chris Hayworth (0-2):
Lost to Donald Lockett (San Francisco State) by major decision, 22-9; lost to CJ Ettleson (Northern Iowa) by pin at 5:03.

-149 pounds-
Ray Blake (1-1):
Lost to Mark Disalvo (Central Michigan) by major decision, 13-5; def. Emanuel Brooks (Lincoln) 5-4; forfeit to Mike Palma (Rider).

-157 pounds-
Matt Gentry (6-0), First Place:
Def. Dan Bedoy (Purdue) 8-2; def. Jaime Alvarez (San Francisco State) by technical fall, 16-0; def. Paul Bjorlo (Virginia) 11-4; def. Jeremiah Jarvis (Schultz) 9-8; def. Trent Paulson (Iowa State) 5-1; def. Alex Tirapelle (Illinois) 8-1.

-184 pounds-
Ryan Hagen (0-2):
Lost to Eric Bradley (Penn State) 9-3; lost to Ron Howard (Cleveland State) 5-4.

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