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Mango falls short of placing at NCAA wrestling championship

Redshirt senior Ryan Mango saw his career come to a close, Friday, falling in the consolation bracket of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Mango, the 11th seed at 133 pounds, dropped a 3-1 decision to eighth-seeded David Thorn of Minnesota. Despite being the aggressor in the match, he gave up a takedown in the first period that ended up being the difference.

Mango ends his time at Stanford with a 111-34 career record, ranking fifth all-time in program wins. He is one of just three Cardinal wrestlers to be a two-time conference champion and a two-time All-American.

Fencing

Stanford's Vivian Kong defeated Cardinal teammate Francesca Bassa, 15-12, in the championship match of the women's epee competition at the NCAA championships in Columbus, Ohio on Friday.

Kong became the fifth women's NCAA fencing champion at Stanford.

"I am extremely proud of Vivian, Francesca and Alexa (Rohan)," Cardinal coach Lisa Milgram said. "Those three women fenced great and I could not be happier with their performances."

Kong and Bassa met two weeks ago for the NCAA West Regional Championship and the Cardinal duo would meet again for a title on Friday.

The two All-Americans battled throughout the bout, but it was Kong coming out on top again for her first national championship.

"It was nice and I am very happy," said Kong. "I tried to take it one point at a time and it went well. I am very honored to represent Stanford and join its other fencers who have won national championships. I really look up to Francesca and it was hard to fence her in the finals."

Stanford has 11 individual national championships in fencing. Kong joins Felicia Zimmermann (1999) as the only two to win the women's epee title.

Bassa edged Princeton's Susannah Scanlan, 15-14, in a semifinal match to help set up the all-Stanford final. Kong beat Penn State's Jessie Radanovich, 15-8, in the other semifinal.

"I lost to her (Radanovich) the first time I fenced her here," said Kong. "I was down by three points in the semifinal, but I changed my strategy and I came out with a victory."

Bassa entered the semifinals as the No. 3 seed after winning 17 of her 23 contests in earlier rounds.

She ends her Stanford career as a four-time All-American and finished off her career with her first career first team honor after claiming second place.

Freshman Alexa Rohan placed 16th in her first career NCAA Championships. She was able to climb up three spots from her Thursday finish. She ended the tournament with 10 wins in 23 bouts.

Princeton holds an edge over Penn State, 87-86, for the team title as the men's competition begins Saturday.

Stanford is in seventh place with a total of 46.

Teammates in women's foil (Notre Dame) and women's saber (Harvard) also fought each other in the title matches.

Baseball

Brett Hanewich's near-flawless start went for naught Friday evening as Stanford dropped its Pac-12 Conference opener to USC, 4-3. The freshman pitcher dusted off a first inning in which the Trojans scored an unearned run without registering a hit, settling in to fan a pair without permitting another score in 6.0 frames of work at Sunken Diamond.

Hanewich extended the Stanford starting pitching corps' streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 30.0, spanning back five games to a March 4 win at Cal.

Cal Quantrill looks to keep that streak alive as the Saturday starter will deliver the first pitch of game two at 3 p.m. (PT).

Three of nine USC (11-9 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) hits came off Hanewich, who gave way for Marcus Brakeman in the seventh. Brakeman (0-3) was tagged for three earned runs on three hits in 1.2 innings, including a three-run outburst in the eighth that proved to be the difference.

USC found itself in the 3-1 hole after the Cardinal (7-9) plated one run in each of the first three innings. In fact, seven of Stanford's 10 hits came during its early offensive spurt that included an RBI double by Danny Diekroeger and an RBI single by Alex Dunlap.

Diekroeger's poke was one of his two in five at-bats, in turn making him one of four Cardinal with multi-hit efforts. Brett Michael Doran, Austin Slater and Zach Hoffpauir chipped in two apiece during Stanford's first contest since a 12-day hiatus for its winter quarter final exams.

Slater notched his second hit in the third – a triple to right-center – and trotted home on Dunlap's single to close the scoring for the Cardinal.

Synchronized swimming

The Stanford synchronized swimming continued its strong showing at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Nationals, Friday, at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center on the campus of Miami (OH) University in Oxford, Ohio.

Stanford saw three swimmers place in the top-15 of the A Figures, which were won by Ohio State's Emma Baranski (82.526). Freshman Isabella Park was seventh with a 78.625, while rookie Marisa Tashima took ninth with a 78.093. Junior Megan Hansley turned in a 76.541, good for 13th.

In the team prelim, Stanford was second behind Lindenwood by just 1.000 with a score of 87.300. Swimming for the Cardinal was Hansley, Park, Tashima, senior Leigh Haldeman, sophomore Carolyn Morrice, sophomore Mina Shah and sophomore Evelyna Wang.

Ohio State took third in the prelim with an 87.050, while the University of Incarnate Word was fourth with an 83.750. Lindenwood's B team rounded out the top-5 with an 83.600.

The 2014 U.S. Collegiate Nationals will wrap-up Saturday, March 22 with the finals in the solo, duet, trio and team.

— Stanford Athletics

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