Stanford Wrestling Drops 28-11 Decision At No. 15 Cal Poly

Jan. 22, 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Stanford wrestling team fell 28-11 at fifteenth-ranked Cal Poly, Friday, at Mott Gym. Winning seven of the 10 bouts, the Mustangs improve to 6-2 and 3-0 in the conference, while tThe Cardinal drops to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10.

Freshman Ryan Mango came out strong for the Cardinal at 125 pounds. He went up 2-0 early with a takedown to start the first period. Cal Poly’s Micah Ferguson cut the lead to one with an escape to end the scoring in the opening period. Mango scored three points in the second period and held a 5-2 lead going in to the final round. Ferguson came back to tie the score at 5-5 with a takedown in the middle of the third period. However, Mango regained the lead with an escape and then scored a quick takedown for a three-point advantage. Ferguson scored with another escape, but Mango held off a final takedown attempt for the 8-6 decision.

Mango improved his overall record to 18-10 on the season and 9-5 in dual matches. He is 4-1 in his last five matches.

The Mustangs tied the score with a 10-3 decision at 133 pounds. Stanford junior Justin Paulsen faced Cal Pioly’s Boris Novachkov, who scored a takedown for the early 2-0 lead. Paulsen scored all of his points on escapes, including a final one at the end of the third period to avoid the major decision.

Cal Poly jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the dual as fourth-ranked Filip Novachkov pinned freshman Bret Baumbach in 1:00 at 141 pounds. The Mustangs picked up three more points at 149 pounds as freshman Nick Fisher posted a 12-6 decision over senior Tyler Parker, and then four points for No. 10 Chase Pami’s 14-5 major decision over redshirt freshman Mike Kent at 157 pounds.

Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui won his 12th dual match of the season with a 6-1 decision against Cal Poly freshman Travis Rasmussen at 165 pounds. Amuchastegui scored first with a takedown for the only points of the opening period. Rasmussen earned an escape in the second period before Amuchastegui tallied another takedown for a 4-1 lead going into the final period. Amuchastegui concluded his scoring with an escape to start the third period and captured his final point for riding time. Amuchastegui improves to 22-4 overall this season.

After senior Jake Johnson dropped a 9-3 decision to the Mustangs’ Ryan DesRoches at 174 pounds, junior Zack Giesen posted his first technical fall in a dual match this season with an 18-3 win over Kelan Bragg at 184 pounds.

Giesen got on the board first with a takedown before Bragg got scored with an escape midway through the first period. Giesen added to his lead with his second takedown of the match in the second period and then earned six points for two consecutive near falls. Bragg tallied two more points for escapes, but Giesen added eight quick points to end the match in the second period.

With the victory, Giesen leads the team with 23 wins this season and is now 12-1 in dual matches. The win was his 83rd of his career, tying him with Luke Feist for the 10th most wins in Stanford history.

Cal Poly led 19-11 before Ryan Smith posted a 15-6 decision over freshman Richard Kessler at 197 pounds. The Mustangs picked up their final six points at heavyweight as the Cardinal was forced to forfeit.

Stanford returns home next weekend as it hosts defending Pac-10 Champion Boise State and Cal State Fullerton for two conference duals. The Cardinal will face the Broncos, Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and the Titans, Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Cal Poly 28, Stanford 11
125: Ryan Mango (S) dec. Micah Ferguson (C), 8-6
133: Boris Novachkov (C) dec. Justin Paulsen (S), 10-3
141: Filip Novachkov (C) fall 1:00 Bret Baumbach (S)
149: Nick Fisher (C) dec. Tyler Parker (S), 12-6
157: Chase Pami (C) maj. dec. Mike Kent (S), 14-5
165: Nick Amuchastegui (S) dec. Travis Rasmussen (C), 6-1
174: Ryan DesRoches (C) dec. Jake Johnson (S), 9-3
184: Zack Giesen (S) tech fall Kelan Bragg (C), 18-3
197: Ryan Smith (C) dec. Richard Kessler (S), 15-6
HWT: Jim Powers (C) won by forfeit

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