Stanford Downs Cal State Fullerton, 26-11

Jan. 23, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford picked up its second-straight dual win tonight with a 26-11 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal improved to 5-3 on the year with a 2-0 mark in conference action, while the Titans fall to 2-10 on the season with an 0-6 mark in Pac-10 competition.

'This was a good win,' noted head coach Kerry McCoy. 'We had some rough spots, but they fought hard. We were at a high level of intensity. We were better than we were on Friday night and we're getting better every time out.'

The meet started at heavyweight, as redshirt freshman Jared Boyer notched his first conference victory with an 8-5 decision over Matt Methling. Sophomore co-captain Tanner Gardner picked up a technical fall over Johnny Rojas to give the Cardinal an 8-0 lead before Fullerton scored its first points with a major decision from T.J. Dillashaw at 133 pounds.

At 141, junior Juston Johnson stepped into the starting lineup and scored his second dual win of the year with an 8-5 decision over Joaquin Carlos. Sophomore Josh Zupancic added a 6-3 decision over Morgan Atkinson to help the Cardinal to a 14-4 lead.

At 157, Stanford's Scott Loescher, ranked second in the Pac-10, jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the second period over Shawn Reilly, who is ranked fifth in the conference. Reilly refused to give up, taking an 11-10 lead as time expired, but Loescher still had the bonus point for riding time, forcing overtime. Loescher came back immediately, scoring a takedown and nearfall for the 15-11 overtime win.

At 165 pounds, senior co-captain Ray Blake scored four takedowns and a three-point near fall en route to his 32nd win of the season, an 11-4 victory over Risto Martinnen, who is ranked sixth in the conference. With the win, Stanford owned a 20-4 lead before the Titans' Ian Murphy and Jesse Taylor scored back-to-back wins to cut Stanford's margin to nine with one bout to go. The dual ended with Stanford on top 26-11, as Ian Bork was awarded the forfeit victory for the Cardinal at 197 pounds.

Stanford will be on the road this weekend as the Cardinal travels to UC Davis for a Friday night dual.

Stanford 26, Cal State Fullerton 11
* match started at heavyweight
125 pounds -- #9 Tanner Gardner (S) tech. fall John Rojas (F), fall at 3:31 [8-0]
133 pounds -- T.J. Dillashaw (F) maj. dec. Eric Minnick (S), 14-2. [8-4]
141 pounds -- Juston Johnson (S) dec. Joaquin Carlos (F), 8-5. [11-4]
149 pounds -- Josh Zupancic (S) dec. Morgan Atkinson (F), 6-3. [14-4]
157 pounds -- Scott Loescher (S) dec. Shawn Reilly (F), 15-11 sv. [17-4]
165 pounds -- Ray Blake (S) dec. Risto Martinnen (F), 11-4. [20-4]
174 pounds -- Ian Murphy (F) dec. Luke Feist (S), 8-7. [20-7]
184 pounds -- Jesse Taylor (F) maj. dec. Ryan Hagen (S), 9-1. [20-11]
197 pounds -- Ian Bork (S) by forfeit. [26-11]
*HWT -- Jared Boyer (S) dec. Matt Methling (F), 8-5 [3-0]

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