Tanner Gardner Takes Eighth at NCAA Championships

March 18, 2006

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Tanner Gardner finished in eighth place today at the 2006 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and earning his first All-America honor. Gardner becomes just the 12th Cardinal wrestler to earn the honor and the first since Matt Gentry in 2004.

Gardner, who entered the tournament as the No. 12 seed, dropped his final match, an 8-5 decision to eighth-seeded John Velez of Northwestern, to take eighth place in his second NCAA Tournament.

Overall, Gardner went 4-3 at the NCAA Championships and finished his redshirt sophomore season with a 37-13 record.

Next season, Gardner will look to become just the second Stanford wrestler to earn multiple All-America honors (former coach Chris Horpel is the only two-time All-American in Cardinal history).

2006 NCAA Championships
Complete Stanford Results
March 16-18, 2006 * Oklahoma City
125 pounds: #12 Tanner Gardner (4-3):
dec. Steve Mytych (Drexel), 6-1; lost to #5 Troy Nickerson (Cornell), 3-1; maj. dec. Cory Borges (Fresno State), 12-2; dec. Patrick Castillo (Northern Illinois), 5-4; maj. dec. #11 Luke Smith (Central Michigan), 14-5; lost to #6 Coleman Scott (Oklahoma State), 7-0; lost to #8 John Velez (Northwestern), 8-5.
165 pounds: Ray Blake (0-2): lost to #4 Nick Baima (Northern Iowa), 4-2; lost to Max Dean (Indiana), 6-4.

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