Stanford Knocks Off Oregon, 22-15

Feb. 3, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford began its three-match homestand this afternoon with a heart-pounding 22-15 victory over Oregon, as the Cardinal improves to 6-4 on the year and 3-1 in Pac-10 action. Senior co-captain Ray Blake scored a huge win, upsetting sixth-ranked Joey Braccamonte with an 8-6 victory in the second overtime period.

The meet started at 125 pounds, as 10th-ranked Tanner Gardner shutout Beau Malia for a 6-0 win. The Ducks countered with two-straight decisions at 133 and 141, but sophomore Josh Zupancic tied the team score at 6-6 with a 4-0 decision over Stewart Bogart.

Next up were Scott Loescher and Jeremy McLaughlin at 157 pounds, but Loescher moved quickly, pinning his Oregon foe in just 49 seconds after throwing him to his back.

Defending Pac-10 Champion Braccamonte was up next for the Ducks, with a 16-0 record so far this season. Trailing 6-2 to start the third period, Blake started down and earned a quick escape to pull within three, but Braccamonte also had more than one minute of riding time built up. Blake scored his first takedown to cut the margin to one. Braccamonte was warned for stalling and Blake looked to turn him for the win, but as time expired, the riding time advantage for Braccamonte ticked down to 59 seconds and Blake was awarded a penalty point. In the first overtime, neither wrestler finished a shot and in the two 30-second periods, each wrestler rode out to keep the score knotted at 6-6. In the second overtime, Blake scored the winning takedown with just eight seconds left in the period. Blake is now 33-10 on the season and 3-2 against ranked opponents.

Stanford closed out the dual with wins by Luke Feist at 174 and Jared Boyer at heavyweight, as both defeated the sixth-ranked wrestler in the conference. Feist notched a 12-2 major decision over Chet McBee, while Boyer scored a 7-5 win over Chris Dearmon, notching the winning takedown with just two seconds left on the clock.

Stanford will be back on the mat tonight, as the Cardinal hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m.

Stanford 22, Oregon 15
* match started at 125 pounds

125 pounds -- Tanner Gardner (S) dec. Beau Malia (O), 6-0
133 pounds -- Ryan Dunn (O) dec. Eric Minnick (S), 11-6
141 pounds -- Skyler Woods (O) dec. Juston Johnson (S) , 4-3
149 pounds -- Josh Zupancic (S) dec. Stewart Bogart (O), 4-0
157 pounds -- Scott Loescher (S) pinned Jeremy McLaughlin (O), fall at 0:49.
165 pounds -- Ray Blake (S) dec. Joey Bracamonte (O), 8-6 (2ot)
174 pounds -- Luke Feist (S) maj. dec. Chet McBee (O), 12-2.
184 pounds -- Shane Webster (O) tech. fall Ryan Hagen (S), fall at 4:56.
197 pounds -- Shaun Dee (O) maj. dec. Ian Bork (S), 10-2.
HWT -- Jared Boyer (S) dec. Chris Dearmon (O), 7-5

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