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Stanford wrestlers pin down upset victory over Cal Poly in Pac-10

 

The Stanford wrestling team recorded the final 18 points of the meet to upset 17th-ranked Cal Poly, 21-15, Friday at Burnham Pavilion.

Cal Poly jumped ahead 15-3, but the Cardinal (3-2, 8-9-1) won the last five bouts to record 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.

Junior Nick Amuchastegui, ranked sixth nationally, sparked the come-from-behind victory with his second technical fall of the year at 174 pounds, a 19-4 win over Steven Vasquez. Amuchastegui had five takedowns as he improved to 24-2 on the season and 14-1 in dual meets.

Freshman Dan Scherer cut the lead to 15-11 with a 4-0 decision over Kelan Bragg at 184 pounds and senior Zack Giesen tied the score with an 11-2 major decision over Ryan Smith at 197 pounds.

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.

Stanford hosts Arizona State in its regular season finale Sunday at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Women's gymnastics

Shelley Alexander scored a 9.9 on the balance beam as Stanford's final performer to win the competition and give the second-ranked Cardinal a narrow victory over No. 6 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational at Navy Pier on Friday night.

Alexander won the all-around for Stanford (11-0), which scored 196.475, just ahead of Oregon State's 196.350 and UCLA's 196.300 in the three-team meet.

Allyse Ishino and Nicole Pechanec were among five to tie for first in the uneven bars, and Ashley Morgan tied for first on the floor exercise. Alexander won the all-around with 39.375 points, a season high.

Morgan entered meet tied for the nation's best season-average on floor and earned her fifth score of 9.9 or above in as many meets.

Stanford travels to Michigan Sunday for a meet with the eighth-ranked Wolverines and ninth-ranked Nebraska.

Softball

Stanford opened its season with two wins Friday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

Sophomore Teagan Gerhart, who had her freshman season cut short due to injury, returned to pitch a 9-0 five-inning win against Cal State Northridge. The 18th-ranked Cardinal followed with a 5-2 victory over North Texas.

Stanford plays another two games Saturday, meeting Nebraska and Portland State, both at the Tempe Sports Complex.

Junior infielder Ashley Hansen, a preseason All-American pick, was 7-for-7, with a double, a triple, two RBI and four runs scored combined.

Sophomore Jenna Rich was just as productive, going 5-for-6, with two home runs, a double and seven RBI. Freshman Corey Hanewich added a home run against Cal State Northridge.

Gerhart allowed one hit, and walked two, while striking out six batters. Senior Ashley Chinn earned the win against North Texas, throwing a complete game with six strikeouts.

Men's volleyball

Until Friday, Stanford never lost at home to UC San Diego. This time, No. 12 Tritons pulled off a 25-18, 30-28, 25-16 upset over the defending NCAA champions, ending the Cardinal 18-match home winning streak.

No. 4 Stanford (5-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, 8-3 overall) was limited to a hitting percentage of .182 to UCSD's .477. It was Stanford's first loss to the Tritons since 2006, ending an eight-match winning streak in the series. Stanford leads the all-time series 36-3.

Freshman Brian Cook had 12 kills, his collegiate-best for a three-set match, to lead the Cardinal. Spencer McLachlin had 11.

Stanford had not been swept at home since UC Irvine, the Cardinal's opponent Saturday at Maples Pavilion, did it on April 17, 2009, a span of 25 home matches.

Diving

Stanford's Meg Hostage continued her stellar season, winning her seventh-straight diving competition, the three-meter with a score of 319.05, in a tri-meet with Utah and host Brigham Young.

Dhruv Tyagi finished second in the one-meter (336.15) and Brent Eichenseer finished second in the three-meter (363.35), as the men finished second through fifth in each of their two events.

Track and field

Stanford's Elliott Heath ran the fastest 5,000 meters Friday at the Husky Classic in Seattle, earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Heath went 13:37.77 to win the event by three seconds.

Menlo College

C.J. Dailey had two hits and drove in four runs, Michael Brandi had four hits and scored four times and Joel Hull had two hits and two RBI as the Oaks beat visiting San Francisco State in a nonconference baseball game Friday.

The Menlo softball team suffered a pair of losses on the opening day of the Simpson tournament. Menlo lost to the University of British Columbia, 6-2, and dropped a 17-2 decision to College of Idaho.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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