Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - August 17, 2012

Gentry gets his chance to medal

Stanford grad wrestled for Canada

Stanford grad Matt Gentry wrestled within a few points of an Olympic medal Friday in the 74-kg freestyle competition at the 2012 London Games.

Gentry, who has an NCAA title to his name and has coached at Stanford, settled for a fifth-place tie in his division as a competitor for Canada.

He was knocked out of gold medal contention by the eventual gold medalist, American Jordan Burroughs, in the quarterfinal.

Gentry eventually met Russia's Denis Tsargush for a bout to determine the bronze medal. Tsargush won the match, 1-0, 2-0.

Gentry, who lost his only Olympic match four years ago in Beijing, recorded his first Olympic win early Friday morning with a 3-0, 1-1 victory over India's Narsingh Yadav.

After losing to Burroughs, Gentry and Puerto Rico's Francisco Tanco Soler, advanced into the bronze medal repechage when Burroughs defeated Tsargush.

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