Stanford grad Gentry earns wrestling medal


Another medal was added to the total for Stanford athletes at the 2011 Pan Am Games on Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, as former Cardinal wrestler and 2004 NCAA champion Matt Gentry ('05) claimed the bronze medal in the 74 kg class.

Gentry, representing Canada, opened the competition with a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Peru's Pool Ambrocio to advance to the semifinal round. There, Gentry dropped a 4-2 decision to Cuba's Yunierki Blanco. The match was even at 1-1 after the first period, but Blanco out-pointed Gentry, 2-1, in the second to take a 3-2 lead and earned the only point of the final period to move on to the gold-medal match.

Gentry, relegated to a bronze medal repechage, rebounded against Mexico's Eduardo Valencia. After going up 4-0 in the first period, Gentry overwhelmed Valencia with nine points in the second and claimed a dominant 13-4 win to earn bronze.

Gentry's bronze brought the total for Stanford athletes to 12 so far at the Pan Am Games.

Men's water polo

Cardinal grads Peter Varellas and Layne Beaubien each netted a goal as the U.S. improved to 2-0 in Group B with an 8-5 win over Brazil. Former Cardinal Peter Hudnut also saw action and attempted two shots.

Brazil stayed close with the U.S., trailing just 5-4 heading into the fourth period. The U.S. would pull away, though, with three goals in the frame.

The U.S. takes on Argentina Tuesday in Group B action.

Women's water polo

Eight first-period goals helped carry the U.S. women to a 15-2 halftime lead en route to a 24-4 win over Puerto Rico in Group B play.

All five Stanford players scored in the win, led by three goals apiece from Annika Dries and Melissa Seidemann. Brenda Villa and Maggie Steffens each scored twice while Jessica Steffens added a goal. Villa also assisted on two other goals.

The U.S. women continue Group B play Tuesday against Cuba.

— Stanford Sports Information

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