Jan. 8, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - All-Americans Nick Amuchastegui and Ryan Mango led Stanford against 10th-ranked American University, Sunday at Burnham Pavilion, but the Cardinal came up short, 18-17. The Cardinal drops to 5-5 overall, while the Eagles improve to 4-4 on the year.
American pulled out to a 4-0 lead in the dual as Thomas Williams recorded a 9-0 major decision over Stanford's Matt Sencenbaugh at 125 pounds.
Mango, ranked No. 9 nationally at 133 pounds, quickly tied up the score with a 21-8 major decision over Corey Borshoff. Mango racked up eight takedowns, two near fall points and 2:30 of riding time. With the win, he moves to 19-5 on the season and 10-0 in duals.
The Eagles answered at 141 pounds as 14th-ranked Matt Mariacher registered a 10-2 major decision over Stanford freshman Alex Manley. The rookie falls to 1-8 overall this season.
American increased its lead to 14-4 by winning the next two bouts. The Eagles' Kevin Tao posted an 8-3 decision over Stanford junior Timmy Boone at 149 pounds. Then, fourth-ranked Ganbayar Sanjaa recorded a 12-6 decision over Cardinal sophomore Garrett Schaner at 157 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore Bret Baumbach added three dual points for the Cardinal with an 11-7 decision over Mark Cirello at 165 pounds. He tallied three takedowns, two near falls points, a reversal and 2:02 of riding time in the win. It marks the fourth win of the season for Baumbach and his first dual victory.
Amuchastegui pulled the Cardinal within three of the Eagles with a 17-6 major decision against Phillip Barreiro at 174 pounds. Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Amuchastegui collected seven takedowns, an escape and 4:55 of riding time in the win. He remains undefeated at 13-0 overall and 10-0 in duals, and needs two more wins to tie former Cardinal wrestler and coach Steve Buddie for the fifth-most wins in program history (109).
Junior Spence Patrick
secured an 11-5 decision over Thomas Barreiro at 184 pounds to tie the dual score at 14-14. Patrick, who led 5-3 after the first two periods, posted two takedowns and an escape in the third to go with 1:04 of riding time. He improves to 11-9 overall and 7-3 in duals this season.
The Eagles broke the tie at 197 pounds as 14th-ranked Daniel Mitchell shut out Stanford sophomore Alan Yen with an 11-0 major decision. Yen drops to 7-10 on the season and 5-4 in duals.
It came down to the heavyweight match, where Stanford sophomore Dan Scherer needed a technical fall or better to give the Cardinal the dual win. Scherer recorded a 2-0 decision over Blake Herrin, but American would hold on for the dual win. Scherer is now 8-2 in duals and 15-8 overall on the season.
Up next, Stanford travels to Pac-12 foe Cal Poly on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Cardinal and Mustangs will square off at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at 1 p.m.
American 18, Stanford 17
125: Thomas Williams (A) maj. dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 9-0
133: #9 Ryan Mango (S) maj. dec. Corey Borshoff (A), 21-8
141: #14 Matt Mariacher (A) maj. dec. Alex Manley (S), 10-2
149: Kevin Tao (A) dec. Timmy Boone (S), 8-3
157: #4 Ganbayar Sanjaa (A) dec. Garrett Schaner (S), 12-6
165: Bret Baumbach (S) dec. Mark Cirello (A), 11-7
174: #1 Nick Amuchastegui (S) maj. dec. Phillip Barreiro (A), 17-6
184: Spence Patrick (S) dec. Thomas Barreiro (A), 11-5
197: #14 Daniel Mitchell (A) maj. dec. Alan Yen (S), 11-0
HWT: Dan Scherer (S) dec. Blake Herrin (A), 2-0