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Taking the Desert by Storm

Feb 3, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Stanford wrestling team notched two wins in the state of Arizona, Monday, defeating Grand Canyon (26-6) and Pac-12 foe Arizona State (22-10). The Cardinal improves to 15-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Antelopes drop to 11-5 on the year, while the Sun Devils fall to 6-7 and 1-1 in the Pac-12.

Stanford’s 15 duals wins on the year ties the school record, set by the 1974-75 Cardinal. With three duals remaining on the 2013-14 schedule, this year’s squad will have a chance to break that mark.

Stanford opened the day in Phoenix with a 26-6 win at Grand Canyon. The Cardinal won eight of the 10 bouts with redshirt senior Ryan Mango (133 pounds) and redshirt freshman Jim Wilson (165 pounds) scoring bonus points.

True freshman Tommy Pawelski put the Cardinal on top with a 4-1 decision over Grand Canyon’s A.J. Salazar at 125 pounds. He scored a takedown in the first period and one in the third to secure his 19th win of the year and moves to 5-4 in duals.

Mango, ranked 10th nationally, notched his first major decision of the day, defeating Lino Estrada 18-5. Leading 5-3 going into the final period, Mango registered three takedowns, five near fall points, an escape and riding time for his 21st win of the year.

Grand Canyon posted wins at 141 and 149 pounds to cut the Stanford lead to 7-6 after four bouts. Redshirt freshman Peter Galli turned things around for the Cardinal with a 5-2 decision over Bryant Wood at 157 pounds. Trailing 2-1 going into the third period, Galli chose to start in the down position. After scoring an escape, he tacked on a takedown and secured riding time for his 10th win of the year.

Wilson collected his fifth major decision of the season with an 11-1 win over Juan Carlos Maynes. Wilson scored a first-period takedown and recorded two near fall points for the early lead. After Maynes chose to start the second period, Wilson turned him for three near fall points to add to his lead. He finished him off with an escape, a takedown and riding time.

At 174 pounds, senior Kyle Meyer held off Martin Fabbian with a 2-0 decision. There was no score in the first period and Meyer rode Fabbian for the entire second period. He scored an escape in the third and finished with riding time in his favor to collect his 20th win of the season.

Redshirt freshman Zach Nevills tallied his 15th win of the year with a 7-2 decision against Grand Canyon’s Austin Guan. Nevills scored a takedown in the first period and turned Guan for two near fall points in the second to take a 4-0 advantage. Choosing to start in the down position in the third, Nevills scored an escape early, but gave up a takedown in the period.

Senior 197-pounder Dan Scherer, who is ranked 19th nationally, shut out Marcus Haughian 3-0 to improve to 16-3 on the year and 11-2 in duals. He registered a reversal in the second period and locked up riding time in the victory.

Redshirt freshman Josh Marchok finished things off for the Cardinal in the dual’s most exciting bout at heavyweight. The Schaumberg, Ill., native scored a takedown in overtime to defeat Peter Anguiano 8-6. Marchok improved to 15-9 on the year and 12-5 in duals.

Against the Sun Devils on the Pac-12 Networks, Stanford captured wins in seven of 10 bouts to knock off the eighth team this season that bested the Cardinal a year ago.

Sophomore Evan Silver recorded his 18th win of the year with a 3-2 decision over Ares Carpio at 125 pounds. The Chevy Chase, Md., native recorded a first period takedown and an escape in the third to seal the win.

Mango added to the team score with his second major decision of the day and seventh on the year. He defeated Kalin Goodsite, 14-6, to improve to 22-3 overall and 16-1 in duals. Leading 6-3 at the start of the third period, Mango secured a reversal and then let Goodsite go. After scoring another takedown, Mango earned three near fall points and just narrowly missed out on the fall.

The Sun Devils got on the scoreboard at 141 pounds as Matt Kraus recorded a 7-1 decision over sophomore Peter Russo. Stanford senior Donovan Halpin picked the team back up with a 3-1 decision over Preston McCalmon at 149 pounds. He scored all of his points in the second period and then held on for the win.

At 157 pounds, ASU’s Joel Smith finished with a 10-4 decision over senior Bret Baumbach to cut the Stanford lead to 10-6.

Wilson pushed the lead back to seven (13-6) with a 6-1 decision over Nick Rex at 165 pounds. Ranked No. 18 in the nation, Wilson registered two takedowns, an escape and riding time to move into fifth-place on the Cardinal’s freshman wins list with 28.

Meyer improved to 2-0 on the day with a gutsy come-from-behind win over Ray Waters at 174 pounds. Trailing 6-3 going into the final period, Meyer started in the down position and quickly registered an escape. He then tallied a takedown to tie the score and finished Waters off with three near fall points. Meyer moves to 21-10 on the year and 12-4 in duals.

The Sun Devils scored their final points of the dual at 184 pounds, where Blake Stauffer posted a 10-2 major decision against Nevills.

Scherer then sealed the dual win for the Cardinal with a 6-4 decision against Josh DaSilveria at 197 pounds. Tied 4-4 in the third period, Scherer scored the escape and finished with 1:11 of riding time to notch his 17th win of the year.

In the final bout of the night, Marchok again needed extra time to record the win, defeating Chace Eskam 7-5 in sudden victory. Down 4-3 in the third period, Marchok was awarded one point for stalling on Eskam. After an escape by Eskam, Marchok again tallied a point due to stalling by ASU to force the extra period. It didn’t take long as Marchok registered a takedown in 13 seconds to end the match.

Stanford remains on the road, travelling to San Luis Obispo, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 9 for duals against South Dakota State and Cal Poly. The Cardinal’s final dual of the year will be at Northwestern on Feb. 16.

Stanford 26, Grand Canyon 6 125: Tommy Pawelski (S) dec. A.J. Salazar (G), 4-1 133: #10 Ryan Mango (S) maj. dec. Lino Estrada (G), 18-5 141: Zach Zehner (G) dec. Peter Russo (S), 5-2 149: Mike Hamel (G) dec. Donovan Halpin (S), 4-2 157: Peter Galli (S) dec. Bryant Wood (G), 5-2 165: #18 Jim Wilson (S) maj. dec. Juan Carlos Maynes (G), 11-1 174: Kyle Meyer (S) dec. Martin Fabbian (G), 2-0 184: Zach Nevills (S) dec. Austin Guan (G), 7-2 197: #19 Dan Scherer (S) dec. Marcus Haughian (G), 3-0 285: Josh Marchok (S) dec. Peter Anguiano (G), 8-6 (OT)

Stanford 22, Arizona State 10 125:#13 Evan Silver (S) dec. Ares Carpio (A), 3-2 133: #10 Ryan Mango (S) maj. dec. Kalin Goodsite (A), 14-6 141: Matt Kraus (A) dec. Peter Russo (S), 7-1 149: Donovan Halpin (S) dec. Preston McCalmon (A), 3-1 157: Joel Smith (A) dec. Bret Baumbach (S), 10-4 165: #18 Jim Wilson (S) dec. Nick Rex (A), 6-1 174: Kyle Meyer (S) dec. Ray Waters (A), 9-6 184: Blake Stauffer (A) maj. dec. Zach Nevills (S), 10-2 197: #19 Dan Scherer (S) dec. Josh DaSilveria (A), 6-4 285: Josh Marchok (S) dec. Chace Eskam (A), 7-5 (SV)