Aug. 10, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Wrestler Matt Gentry '05, representing Canada, made an impressive run in the 74-kg freestyle competition Friday, taking fifth overall to highlight Day 17 of Olympic action for Stanford athletes.
In Wrestling action...
After nearly two weeks of training in England, Canada's Matt Gentry '05 finally saw action as the men's freestyle wrestling 74-kg competition commenced Friday.
Gentry, who had dropped his only Olympic match four years ago in Beijing, claimed his first Olympic win early Friday morning with a 3-0, 1-1 victory over India's Narsingh Yadav.
As one of 13 wrestlers to have earned a by into the Round of 16 in Thursday's draw, Gentry's win moved him right into the quarterfinals, where he faced Jordan Burroughs of the United States, one of the medal favorites.
Gentry dropped the first round to Burroughs at 2-1. Needing to win the second round to extend the match, Gentry started it right with a quick takedown of Burroughs for a 1-0 lead. This lead held until Burroughs equalized with 18 seconds remaining, gaining a takedown that put him in the driver's seat, as a 1-1 draw coupled with his first-round win would send Burroughs through.
Needing to score a takedown to keep his gold medal hopes alive, Gentry went after Burroughs in the final 18 seconds. With about six seconds to go, Gentry got hold of a leg and desperately tried in vain to get around Burroughs for the point but ran out of time, dropping the 0-2, 1-1 decision.
Whether or not Gentry's Olympic run would continue was now up to Burroughs. If the American could defeat Russia's Denis Tsargush to advance to the Gold Medal Final, that would put the two men that Burroughs defeated before the semifinal, Gentry and Puerto Rico's Francisco Tanco Soler, into the bronze medal repechage. Sure enough, Burroughs defeated Tsargush and Gentry's run continued.
Needing two wins to earn one of the two bronze medals, Gentry convincingly defeated Tanco Soler, 4-0, 5-0 to move on to the bronze medal match against Tsarbush. Gentry would go down a round, conceding a takedown to the Russian, then would be taken down twice more in the second period, dropping a 0-1, 0-2 decision.
In the end, Gentry finished his Olympic run tied for fifth out of 19 wrestlers in the 74 kg class.
In Track & Field action...
In Track and Field action... Idara Otu '09 competed in the 4x400-meter relay for Nigeria. Otu ran in the first heat, running the second leg. She helped Nigeria to a time of 3:26.29, which was fourth in the heat and qualified the African nation for tomorrow's final. Nigeria was the eighth and final qualifier for the final, but the result extends Otu's Olympic Games by one day. The 4x400-meter final will be Saturday at 12:25 p.m.
In Men's Water Polo action...
Team USA's freefall continued Friday, as the Americans lost their fourth straight game, an 8-7 decision to Spain in the 5-8 semifinal.
Layne Beaubien '99 scored twice for the U.S. while Tony Azevedo added a goal while Peter Varellas '06 and Peter Hudnut '03 also saw action. The U.S. fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame before Beaubien opened the U.S. account with 1:08 to go.
Trailing 5-2 to open the second half, Azevedo and Adam Wright scored back-to-back to pull the U.S. within one at 5-4. The teams traded goals into the fourth period, with Beaubien netting his second from an assist by Varellas with 5:22 to play to make it 7-6 Spain. The Spanish though would net the key goal with 43 seconds to go, making it 8-6, then running out the clock after the U.S. closed to within one with 20 seconds remaining.
The U.S. will now play for seventh place against Australia Sunday at 2:20 a.m. PT (10:20 a.m. local time).