Stanford Stumbles at No. 21 Cal Poly

Feb. 10, 2006

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Twenty-first ranked Cal Poly ended its five-match losing streak tonight with a 29-13 victory over Stanford. The Cardinal falls to 7-6 on the season with a 4-3 mark in the Pac-10, while the Mustangs improve to 9-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Despite a disappointing outcome for the team, the Cardinal picked up key individual victories from co-captains Tanner Gardner and Ray Blake, sophomore Josh Zupancic and heavyweight Jared Boyer.

Tenth-ranked Gardner started the Cardinal off with a 10-0 major decision at 125 pounds to put Stanford ahead 4-0, but with the fifth-ranked wrestler in the nation at 133 pounds, Cal Poly evened the score as Darrell Vasquez picked up a four-point technical fall.

The Mustangs extended their lead with a major at 149, but Zupancic kept the Cardinal on pace by scoring his 20th win of the season by upsetting Jeff Owens, who is ranked No. 20 in the nation and second in the conference. Zupancic owned a four-point lead early in the bout, but Owens came back on escapes and penalty points to tie the match. With just five seconds to go, Zupancic scored his second takedown to secure the 8-7 victory.

The Cardinal lost a disappointing match at 157, with an overtime penalty call deciding the 2-1 loss for Scott Loescher.

Sixteenth-ranked Blake pulled the Cardinal within one at 11-10, notching an 11-9 decision at 165 pounds over Robb Maxwell, but with two-straight pins from Nick Hernandez and 11th-ranked Ryan Halsey and a forfeit at 197 pounds, Cal Poly secured the victory.

Although the meet was decided, Boyer came out against Arturo Basulto, who is ranked No. 5 in the Pac-10, and secured a 4-2 decision to put the final score at 29-13.

The Cardinal will be in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday for a 2 p.m. (MT) dual against 12th-ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State.

No. 21 Cal Poly 29, Stanford 13
* match starts at 125 pounds

*125 pounds - #10 Tanner Gardner (S) maj. dec. John Hanks (CP), 10-0 [0-4]
133 pounds - #5 Darrell Vasquez (CP) tech. fall Eric Minnick (S), fall at 7:00 (24-9) [4-4]
141 pounds - David Roberts (CP) maj. dec. Juston Johnson (S), 21-7 [7-4]
149 pounds - Josh Zupancic (S) dec. #20 Jeff Owens (CP), 8-7 [8-7]
157 pounds - Ryan Williams (CP) dec. Scott Loescher (S), 2-1 (ot) [11-7]
165 pounds - # 16 Ray Blake (S) dec. Robb Maxwell (CP), 11-9 [11-10]
174 pounds - Nick Hernandez (CP) pinned Luke Feist (S), fall at 4:20 [17-10]
184 pounds - #11 Ryan Halsey (CP) pinned Brennan Corbett (S), fall at 1:54 [23-10]
197 pounds - Yuri Kalika (CP) by forfeit [29-10]
HWT - Jared Boyer (S) dec. Arturo Basulto (CP), 4-2 [29-13]

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