Butler wins twice and so does the Stanford wrestling team


The Stanford wrestling team won a Pac-12 Conference match at Maples Pavilion, downing Cal Poly, 22-13, and then turned right around to beat visiting Air Force, 27-8, in a nonconference match Sunday.

The Cardinal (2-1, 7-2) remain at Maples for another conference match next Sunday, hosting Arizona State at 11 a.m. The Pac-12 Networks will televise the match. Admission is free.

Stanford won seven of the 10 bouts against Cal Poly and eight of 10 against the Falcons.

Heavyweight Nathan Butler posted a 9-0 major decision against Nicolas Johnson of Cal Poly and then secured a 6-1 decision over Marcus Malecek of Air Force. The redshirt freshman leads the team with 24 wins on the season and is 7-1 in dual competition.

Redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson got things going for the Cardinal with an 8-2 decision over Travis Berridge of Cal Poly. He also picked up a 4-0 decision over Air Force's Mike Billingsley. The 165-pounder moved to 23-4 overall, winning 15 of his last 16 matches.

Redshirt freshman 174-pounder Keaton Subjeck also won twice. He added to the Stanford lead with a 7-5 sudden overtime victory over Cal Poly's Dominic Kastl. Trailing 4-2 heading into the third period, Subjeck scored an escape and a takedown to take a 5-3 lead, but Kastl escaped before time expired to send it into extra time.

Against Air Force, Subjeck posted a 6-1 decision over Konner Witt to improve to 15-8 overall and 4-4 in duals.

Also securing two wins for the Cardinal on the day were 133-pounder Connor Schram, 149-pounder Garrett Schaner and 157-pounder Maxwell Hvolbek.

After Hvolbek registered a 5-2 decision against Cal Poly's Colt Shorts, the redshirt sophomore pinned Air Force's Jordan Wengreen in 6:24. It marked the first fall of the season for Hvolbek.

Redshirt sophomores Zach Nevills (184 pounds) and Ryan Davies (197 pounds) also collected wins against the Falcons.

Women's gymnastics

No. 13 Stanford improved its event scores in successive rotations to earn a 195.950-189.575 victory Sunday over host Penn.

The Cardinal (2-3-1) punctuated its win in the final rotation on bars with a 49.475, the team's highest score since Jan. 19, 2007, against Arizona State (49.575).

Stanford will look to carry its momentum into its next meet: the home opener against Oregon State next Monday, Jan. 26, in Maples Pavilion.

Stanford outscored Penn -- Bridgeport was also scheduled to perform but icy roads kept the team at home -- in all four events and Cardinal gymnasts swept the top three in three of four events. Three Stanford gymnasts combined for five individual event victories.

Ivana Hong earned the individual victory on beam (9.900) and id the individual win on bars with a career-best 9.950.

Elizabeth Price remained unbeaten as an individual this season, tying for individual victories on bars (9.950) and vault (9.925). She has tied or claimed individual wins in the five events in which she has competed.

Taylor Rice earned her second all-around title on the season, compiling a career-best 39.375. She finished first on floor (9.875) and placed third on bars (9.900) and beam (9.800). Rice's 9.900 on bars is a career best.

Strong scores by Hong (9.900), Becky Wing (9.850) and Rice (9.800) helped Stanford overcome two missed routines, balancing the lineup and giving the Cardinal a 48.450-47.425 advantage following the first rotation.

Stanford maintained momentum on floor, paced by Rice's 9.875. Pauline Hanset also had a strong performance, posting a 9.800 to finish third.

The Cardinal showcased its talent on vault with all five gymnasts in the lineup scoring 9.800 or higher.

Nicolette McNair tied her collegiate best off 9.925 to tie Price for the individual victory. Danielle McNair produced a 9.875 to finish third, while Hanset and Rice earned scores of 9.800 to tie for fourth.

Stanford provided the exclamation point of the victory in its final rotation on bars with a 49.475. Hong and Price registered career bests of 9.950 to tie for the individual victory. Rice scored a career-high 9.900 to place third, followed by Samantha Shapiro (9.850), Wing (9.825) and Nicolette McNair (9.825).

Women's tennis

Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao claimed their second doubles title of the season on Sunday, taking home the hardware at the NCTC Classic.

Davidson and Zhao outlasted USC's team of Gabrielle DeSimone and Zoe Katz 7-5, as the Cardinal duo collected its second crown of the season. Davidson and Zhao, who compiled a 7-2 record during the fall, also won the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships back in October.

It's the second doubles title at the event for Zhao, who teamed with Krisite Ahn last year to win the NCTC Classic.

In Las Vegas, Caroline Doyle and Ellen Tsay captured the doubles title on Sunday at the Freeman Memorial Invitational.

Doyle and Tsay, who compiled a 7-2 record during the fall season while playing together for the first time. They defeated North Carolina's tandem of Whitney Kay and Hayley Carter, 6-3, on Sunday.

Tsay added to her collection as she won the singles title at last year's tournament.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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