Cardinal Blows By Oregon, Cal Poly

Feb. 2, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Cardinal wrestling team picked up two critical conference wins tonight, downing the Oregon Ducks and the Cal Poly Mustangs in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal won six-straight bouts to defeat the Ducks, 26-12, before Tanner Gardner and Cameron Teitelman finished off a 25-13 victory over the Mustangs. Stanford improves to 6-5 overall with the wins, and 4-1 in the Pac-10.

Against Oregon, the Ducks were the first to strike, taking their first and only lead of the dual when Justin Pearch claimed a 9-3 decision over Matt Kim at 141 pounds. Stanford responded with a six-straight wins, however, to take a 19-point lead and seal the team victory.

Sophomore Tyler Parker started the six-match run at 149 pounds, topping Oregon's Zack Frazier for the second time this season. Parker took a quick 5-0 lead in the first period and finished with a 9-4 decision.

At 157 pounds, junior Josh Zupancic picked up a major decision over Kyle Bounds, dominating the Oregon freshman, 13-3. Senior Brian Perry followed with a 4-1 decision over Jake McCoy at 165 pounds and Stanford picked up at win by forfeit at 174 pounds.

At 184 pounds, Zack Giesen, currently ranked fourth in the Pac-10, took on the Ducks' sixth-ranked Brysen French and earned a 3-2 win by decision. At 197 pounds, Jared Boyer scored three takedowns in the first period and picked up his first Pac-10 win of the season with a 10-6 decision over Chris Robertson. Boyer's performance sealed the win for the Cardinal and gave Stanford a 22-3 lead.

After Stanford dropped the match at heavyweight, Gardner came out at 125 pounds and took the momentum back for the Cardinal with a 16-4 major decision over Ryan Dunn. Stanford forfeited the match at 133 pounds and finished with a 26-12 team victory.

With a boost of confidence from the first win, the Cardinal turned to Cal Poly, a squad which entered the match with a 4-1 Pac-10 record. The Cardinal struggled early on, dropping a trio of decisions at 141 pounds, 149 pounds and 157 pounds.

With his team at a 9-0 deficit, Perry put an emphatic stop to the run, earning a 13-1 major decision over Evan Barbre at 165 pounds. Sophomore Luke Feist followed with a 4-0 decision over Ernie Varela at 174 pounds, and Giesen dominated Steve Gee at 184 pounds with a 17-5 major decision to give the Cardinal the lead. Giesen's decisive win was his eighth-straight and 23rd this season, tying him for fourth on the program's all-time freshman win chart.

Stanford picked up six more points with a default victory at 197 pounds, but No. 14 Cody Parker kept the Mustangs in contention with an 18-8 major decision at heavyweight, bringing the score to 17-13.

Gardner put an end to any hopes of a Mustang comeback, however, sealing the Cardinal victory with a 17-2 win by technical fall over Joshua Obregon at 125 pounds. Teitelman put an exclamation point on the Stanford victory with an exciting come-from-behind win to end the dual. The 133-pound freshman battled back from a 6-2 deficit, scoring an escape and a third period near fall to tie the score. He held on for riding time to capture the 7-6 decision and the 25-13 team win.

'It's good to get these two wins,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'For the most part, our guys wrestled hard and our guys wrestled smart. We made a few mistakes, but we'll have time to correct those before the end of the year. I'm really excited about Cameron (Teitelman)'s performance and the way he finished the second dual. Tanner (Gardner) and Zack (Giesen) keep rolling. Brian (Perry) did a great job. Luke (Feist) did a great job. Overall, we're taking steps in the right direction to be where we want to be at the end of the year.'

The Cardinal continues Pac-10 dual action next Friday, Feb. 9 at Boise State, before heading to Oregon State and Portland State on Feb. 11. A number of Cardinal wrestlers will also be competing at the California Collegiates hosted by San Francisco State tomorrow.

Stanford 26, Oregon 12
125- No. 3 Tanner Gardner (S) maj. dec. Ryan Dunn (O), 16-4
133- Joey Lucas (O) by forfeit
141- Justin Pearch (O) dec. Matt Kim (S), 9-3
149- Tyler Parker (S) dec. Zach Frazier (O), 9-4
157- No. 16 Josh Zupancic (S) maj. dec. Kyle Bounds (O), 13-3
165- Brian Perry (S) dec. Jake McCoy (O), 4-1
174- Luke Feist (S) by forfeit
184- Zack Giesen (S) dec. Brysen French (O), 3-2
197- Jared Boyer (S) dec. Chris Robertson (O), 10-6
HWT- Chris Dearmon (O) dec. Phillip Doerner (S), 9-5
*Started at 141 pounds

Stanford 25, Cal Poly 13
125- No. 3 Tanner Gardner (S) tech. fall Joshua Obregon (C), 17-2
133- Cameron Teitelman (S) dec. John Hanks (C), 7-6
141- David Christian (C) dec. Matt Kim (S), 15-10
149- Elwin Warsh (C) dec. Tyler Parker (S), 7-5
157- Chase Pami (C) dec. No. 16 Josh Zupancic (S), 3-1 (OT)
165- Brian Perry (S) maj. dec. Evan Barbre (C), 13-1
174- Luke Feist (S) dec. Ernie Varela (C), 4-0
184- Zack Giesen (S) maj. dec. Steve Gee (C), 17-5
197- Jared Boyer (S) by forfeit
HWT- No. 14 Cody Parker (C) maj. dec. Phillip Doerner (S), 18-8
*Started at 141 pounds

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