Jan. 5, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The 23rd-ranked Stanford wrestling team topped visiting Boise State, 20-16, Thursday at Burnham Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12, while The Broncos drop to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
The dual began at 165 pounds where Boise State's Michael Cuthbertson recorded an 8-3 decision over Stanford's Bret Baumbach to put the Broncos up 3-0. Baumbach is now 3-8 overall this season.
Stanford senior All-American Nick Amuchastegui, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 174 pounds, answered for the Cardinal with a 9-0 major decision over Boise State's Scotty Bacon. The senior tallied two takedowns, three near fall points, an escape and earned 2:43 in riding time in the win. He improves to 12-0 overall this season and 9-0 in duals.
The Cardinal increased its lead to 7-3 in the dual as junior Spence Patrick registered a 9-4 decision over Cody Dixon at 184 pounds. The score was tied 3-3 at the start of the third period, where Patrick earned an escape and two takedowns to seal the victory. He also posted 1:04 of riding time for another point. Patrick is now 10-9 overall and 6-3 in duals this season.
The Broncos pulled within one of the Cardinal as BSU's Brent Chriswell edged Stanford's Alan Yen, 3-2, at 197 pounds. However, sophomore Dan Scherer pushed the Cardinal lead back to four with a 4-2 decision over BSU's J.T. Felix in overtime. He is now 14-8 overall this season and 7-2 in duals.
Boise State forfeited at 125 pounds, giving Stanford junior Matt Sencenbaugh the victory and the Cardinal six more team points. Junior All-American Ryan Mango increased Stanford's lead to 20-6 in the dual. Ranked No. 9 in the nation at 133 pounds, Mango tallied five takedowns, five near fall points and a minute of riding time in his 16-5 major decision over the Broncos' Shawn Jones. Mango leads the team with 18 wins this season and remains undefeated in duals (9-0).
At 141 pounds, Stanford sophomore Donovan Halpin
was edged 7-6 by Ben Demeulle who scored on a last second takedown. It brought the dual score to 20-9 still in favor of the Cardinal.
Boise State won the final two bouts, but it wasn't enough for the dual win as the Cardinal improved to 2-0 in the Pac-12.
Stanford wraps up the week on Sunday as it hosts No. 10 American. The Cardinal and Eagles will square off at 2 p.m. PT in Burnham Pavilion. All home Stanford wrestling events are free to the public.
Stanford 20, Boise State 16
125: Matt Sencenbaugh (S) won by forfeit
133: #9 Ryan Mango (S) maj. dec. Shawn Jones (B), 16-5
141: Ben Demeulle (B) dec. Donovan Halpin (S), 7-6
149: Steve Hernandez (B) maj. dec. Timmy Boone (S), 14-4
157: #16 George Ivanov (B) dec. Garrett Schaner (S), 6-1
165: Michael Cuthbertson (B) dec. Bret Baumbach (S), 8-3
174: #1 Nick Amuchastegui (S) maj. dec. Scotty Bacon (B), 9-0
184: Spence Patrick (S) dec. Cody Dixon (B), 9-4
197: Brent Chriswell (B) dec. Alan Yen (S), 3-2
HWT: Dan Scherer (S) dec. J.T. Felix (B), 4-2 (OT)