Feb. 11, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team upset 17th-ranked Cal Poly, 21-15, Friday at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal improves to 3-2 in the Pac-10 Conference (8-9-1 overall), while the Mustangs fall to 4-2 in the conference and 8-2 overall.
Cal Poly jumped ahead 15-3, but dropped the last five bouts to give the Cardinal the win. Senior Justin Paulsen opened the dual with a 4-1 decision over Brandon Rocha at 133 pounds. Paulsen is now 11-2 on the season.
The Cardinal's comeback began at 174 pounds as junior Nick Amuchastegui, ranked sixth nationall, registered his second technical fall of the year, a 19-4 win over Steven Vasquez. Amuchastegui tallied five takedowns as he improved to 24-2 on the season and 14-1 in dual bouts.
True freshman Dan Scherer cut the Cal Poly lead to 15-11 as he posted a 4-0 decision over Kelan Bragg at 184 pounds. Then, 12th-ranked Zack Giesen tied the score at 15-15 with an 11-2 major decision over Ryan Smith at 197 pounds. Gisen improves to 14-2 with the win.
Senior heavyweight Dylan Rush put the Cardinal up for good with a 4-2 decision over Atticus Disney, and then redshirt sophomore Matt Sencenbaugh sealed the victory with a 2-0 decision over Britain Longmire at 125 pounds. Rush moves to 5-4 on the season, while Sencenbaugh improves to 10-14.
Stanford's regular season finale against Arizona State is slated for Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. The teams will square off in Burnham Pavilion.
133 - Justin Paulsen (S) dec. Brandan Rocha (CP), 4-1
141 - #5 Boris Novochkov (CP) dec. Jordan Gray (S), 8-3
149 - Philip Novochkov (CP) tech. fall Donovan Halpin (S), 17-2
157 - Barrett Abel (CP) dec. Kyle Meyer (S), 8-6
165 - #15 Ryan DesRoches (CP) maj. dec. Garrett Schaner (S), 14-6
174 - #6 Nick Amuchastegui (S) tech. fall Steven Vasquez (CP), 19-4
184 - Dan Scherer (S) dec. Kelan Bragg (CP), 4-0
197 - #12 Zack Giesen (S) maj. dec. Ryan Smith (CP), 11-2
285 - Dylan Rush (S) dec. Atticus Disney (CP) 4-2
125 - Matt Sencenbaugh (S) dec. Britain Longmire (CP), 2-0