STANFORD, Calif. – On Senior Night, the Stanford wrestling team registered a 35-7 win over Simpson, Friday, at the Ford Center in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 12-4 overall in duals this season, marking the third-most dual wins in program history.
The Cardinal started out with a 12-0 lead as Simpson forfeited at 285 pounds and 125 pounds. The Red Hawks’ A.J. Valles scored the first points for Simpson with a 2-1 decision over Stanford freshman Tommy Pawelski, who wrestled up a weight at 133 pounds.
Sophomore Peter Russo secured a 4-2 decision over Anthony Vega at 141 pounds to notch his fifth win of the year. He recorded a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second in the win.
Halpin then added to the Cardinal lead with a 10-0 major decision over Marco Frantantoni at 149 pounds. He led 5-0 after the first period and rode Frantantoni for the entire second period. After scoring an escape to start the third, Halpin earned a stalling point, a takedown and finished with 2:55 of riding time. It marked the third major decision of the year for the senior.
Redshirt freshman Peter Galli improved to 8-3 on the year with a 10-5 decision against Richard Ortiz at 157 pounds. He led 8-0 in the third, but gave up five points late in the period to Ortiz.
Sophomore 165-pounder Jesus Loza wrestled in the first dual action of his career on Friday. The Newark, Calif., native dripped a 9-1 major decision to Chan Chao.
Up next, senior Kyle Meyer added to his success on the season with a 7-2 decision over Brady Beamon at 174 pounds. He scored all of his points in the first two periods of the bout before giving up a takedown in the third. The Monett, Mo., native moves to 18-10 overall on the year and 9-4 in duals.
Simpson also forfeited at 184 pounds, giving the win to Stanford redshirt freshman Zach Nevills. He then wrestled the Red Hawks’ Matthew Tsarnas in an exhibition bout, capturing an 11-0 major decision. He collected three takedowns, three near fall points, an escape and 2:15 of riding time.
Senior Alan Yen capped off the dual for the Cardinal with a 13-5 major decision over Marcuz Zachary at 197 pounds. Yen held an 8-1 lead in the third period and it seemed he would get the easy major. However, Zachary scored four points late in the period before Yen countered with another takedown and 3:14 of riding time to ensure the major decision. The Saratoga, Calif., native improves to 6-4 overall and 3-0 in duals this year.
Stanford will head up to San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 25 for a dual at San Francisco State. The Cardinal will take on the Gators at 1 p.m. PT.
Stanford 35, Simpson 7
285: Josh Marchok (Stan) won by forfeit
125: Eric Cramer (Stan) won by forfeit
133: A.J. Valles (Simp) dec. Tommy Pawelski (Stan), 2-1
141: Peter Russo (Stan) dec. Anthony Vega (Simp), 4-2
149: Donovan Halpin (Stan) maj. dec. Marco Frantantoni (Simp), 10-0
157: Peter Galli (Stan) dec. Richard Ortiz (Simp), 10-5
165: Chan Chao (Simp) dec. Jesus Loza (Stan), 9-1
174: Kyle Meyer (Stan) dec. Brady Beamon (Simp), 7-2
184: Zach Nevills (Stan) won by forfeit
197: Alan Yen (Stan) maj. dec. Marcus Zachary (Simp), 13-5