Stanford Tops Cal Baptist To Nab First Win

Nov. 22, 2008

Riverside, Calif. -

The Stanford wrestling team outlasted Cal Baptist tonight to earn its first win of the 2008-09 season. Redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui (8-1) came through for Stanford in the final bout of the night, picking up a major decision to clinch the 25-18 Cardinal victory.

Stanford won bouts in six of the nine contested weight classes. The Cardinal forfeited at 184 pounds, marking the fifth straight dual that Stanford has wrestled shorthanded.

The Cardinal is now 1-4 on the year while Cal Baptist stands at 1-1.

The action started at 174 pounds, where Stanford freshman Victor Haug (4-5) crushed CBU freshman Jarid Price, 21-4. The technical fall was the first of Haug's young career and gave Stanford a 5-0 opening lead.

The Cardinal lost ground with its forfeit at 184 pounds, but junior Jake Johnson (10-4) wasted no time putting the team back on track. Johnson picked up his team-leading 10th win of the year with a major decision over Cal Baptist's Vince Pezzuto.

Wrestling his second straight match at heavyweight, Stanford's lone senior, Luke Feist (0-2), was pinned in the second period (4:33) by Dylan Berg. Freshman Matt Sencenbaugh (2-7) then dropped an 8-1 decision to Chauncey Philipps, the seventh-ranked 125-pounder in the NAIA. Philipps' win gave Cal Baptist a 15-9 lead.

Sophomore Porfirio Madrigal (8-4) jumpstarted a fierce Cardinal comeback, however, pinning freshman Andrew Collins in 4:56. Madrigal, the team's pin leader with four on the year, put Collins on his back as time expired in the second period and knotted the dual at 15-15.

The Lancers took a lead back when Ethan Hall edged Timmy Boone (3-5) at 141 pounds, but Stanford won the final three bouts of the night to storm to victory.

Sophomore Max Rosefigura (5-5) claimed a 5-1 win over Jarell Price to pull the team back into a tie at 18, then sophomore NCAA qualifier Lucas Espericueta (5-3) won a battle with Lamar Reed, 3-1, to give Stanford a 21-18 lead heading into the final bout.

Amuchastegui didn't waste the opportunity to give his team its first win and dominated freshman CJ Knowland, 14-1, in the decisive bout.

The Cardinal will meet the Cal Baptist Lancers in Riverside, Calif. later tonight, with the first bout scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Stanford 25, California Baptist 18
174 - Victor Haug (S) tech. fall Jarid Price (C), 21-4
184 - David Skane (C) by forfeit
197 - Jake Johnson (S) maj. dec. Vince Pezzuto (C), 12-0
HWT - Dylan Berg (C) pinned Luke Feist (S), 4:33
125 - Chauncey Philipps (C) dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 8-1
133 - Porfirio Madrigal (S) pinned Andrew Collins (C), 4:56
141 - Ethan Hall (C) dec. Timmy Boone (S), 5-4
149 - Max Rosefigura (S) dec. Jarell Price (C), 5-1
157 - Lucas Espericueta (S) dec Lamar Reed (C), 3-1
165 - Nick Amuchastegui (S) maj. dec. CJ Knowland (C), 14-1

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