Nov. 13, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team defeated Pac-12 foe CSU Bakersfield (28-9) and Menlo College (41-3) in its home opener, Sunday, at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal moves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-12. The Roadrunners drop to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12, while the Oaks are 2-2.
The Cardinal won 16 of the 20 bouts it wrestled on Sunday. Ten of those wins were for extra points. All-Americans Nick Amuchastegui and Ryan Mango led the way each posting a fall and a major decision. Both wrestlers are now 5-0 overall to open the season. Amuchastegui recorded his 98th and 99th career wins, moving him into seventh place all-time in program history.
The dual against CSU Bakersfield began at 125 pounds, where Stanford's Matt Sencenbaugh was defeated by Tyler Iwamura, 8-3. It briefly gave the Roadrunners a 3-0. However, Mango gave the Cardinal the 4-3 advantage with a 19-9 major decision over Jose Mendoza at 133 pounds. The junior, who is ranked No. 6 naitonally, registered eight takedowns, including four in the third period, a reversal and riding time in the win.
After sophomore Donovan Halpin dropped a 4-2 decision to Dalton Kelley at 141 pounds, junior Timmy Boone put Stanford back on top with an 11-3 major decision over Erik Martinez at 149 pounds. Boone tallied four takedowns, including one in the final eight seconds of the match to secure the major.
Sophomore Garrett Schaner then put Stanford up 11-6 with a 6-1 decision over Anthony Box at 157 pounds. He used two takedowns, an escape and riding time to pick up his first win of the season.
The Roadrunners pulled within two with a decision at 165 pounds, but Amuchastegui extended the Cardinal lead to 15-9 with a 10-1 major decision over Brady Garner at 174 pounds. The senior, ranked No. 1 nationally, tallied three takedowns, three near fall points and riding time in the win. Stanford went on to win the final three bouts to finish of CSU Bakersfield.
The Cardinal faced Menlo College directly after its dual against the Roadrunners. The Oaks led Stanford, 3-0, after the first bout at 125 pounds, but the Cardinal would score 41 unanswered points to capture its fourth win of the season.
Mango recorded his first fall of the season over Zachary Johnson at 133 pounds. He posted three takedowns in less than a minute before pinning Johnson in 1:04. The win gave the junior his 56th career victory.
Halpin posted a 10-7 decision over Alex Varela at 141 pounds for his first win of the young season. Down 7-1 at the end of the first period, the sophomore cut the lead to 7-6 in the second period with a takedown and three near fall points. He scored his final four points of the bout in the third period to seal the come-from-behind win.
Then, Boone secured a fall in 2:40 over Christian Franks at 149 pounds to give the Cardinal the 15-3 advantage. It was the first fall of the season for the junior, who scored 15 points on three takedowns and nine near fall points in the first period before pinning Franks.
Schaner registered a 13-6 decision over David Rios at 157 pounds before redshirt freshman Matt Schnieder earned his first career win with a 3-1 decision over Adrian Gonzales at 165 pounds.
Amuchastegui kept the scoring going for the Cardinal with a fall over Jose Chacon in 2:15 at 174 pounds. It marked the 16th career pin for the Talent, Ore., native, which ranks 10th-best in Stanford history.
Junior Spence Patrick posted a 19-4 technical fall over Carlos Soto in 6:32 at 184 pounds, giving Stanford the 32-3 lead. He tallied seven takedowns, three near fall points, an escape and a penalty point to secure his second technical fall of the season. He is now 4-1 on the year.
Sophomore Alan Yen registered an 8-5 decision over Ben Yura at 197 pounds before sophomore Dan Scherer finished off the Oaks with a fall at heavyweight. Scherer, weighing in at 211 pounds faced Lenny Romero who weighed in at 280. Romero, who is one of the top heavyweights in the NAIA, took a 2-1 lead in the first period with a takedown. Scherer chose down to start the second and reversed Romero before securing the pin at 3:54. It was the first fall of the season for the sophomore and the seventh of his career.
Up next, the Cardinal travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., to face Central Michigan and Chattanooga. The teams will square off on Sunday, Nov. 20 starting at 9 a.m. PT. It will be a family reunion for Stanford head coach Jason Borrelli and his father, Tom, who is the head coach of Central Michigan.
Stanford 28, CSU Bakersfield 9
125: Tyler Iwamura (B) dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 8-3
133: #6 Ryan Mango (S) maj. dec. Jose Mendoza (B), 19-9
141: Dalton Kelley (B) dec. Donovan Halpin (S), 4-2
149: Timmy Boone (S) maj. dec. Erik Martinez (B), 11-3
157: Garrett Schaner (S) dec. Anthony Box (B), 6-1
165: Adam Fierro (B) dec. Matt Schneider (S), 6-1
174: #1 Nick Amuchastegui (S) maj. dec. Brady Garner (B), 10-1
184: Spence Patrick (S) dec. Reuben Franklin (B), 8-3
197: Alan Yen (S) inj. def. AC Brown (B)
HWT: Dan Scherer (S) maj. dec. Steven Wood (B), 10-2
Stanford 41, Menlo College 3
125: Eric Garcia (M) dec. Matt Sencenbaugh (S), 5-3
133: #6 Ryan Mango (S) fall Zachary Johnson (M), 1:04
141: Donovan Halpin (S) dec. Alex Varela (M), 10-7
149: Timmy Boone (S) fall Christian Franks (M), 2:40
157: Garrett Schaner (S) dec. David Rios (M), 13-6
165: Matt Schneider (S) dec. Adrian Gonzales (M), 3-1
174: #1 Nick Amuchastegui (S) fall Jose Chacon (M), 2:15
184: Spence Patrick (S) tech. fall Carlos Soto (M), 19-4 (6:32)
197: Alan Yen (S) dec. Ben Yura (M), 8-5
HWT: Dan Scherer (S) fall Lenny Romero (M), 3:54