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Butler gets pin to seal Stanford's victory over CSU Bakersfield

Nathan Butler (Photo/Stanford Athletics)

STANFORD, Calif. -- Fifth-year senior Nathan Butler recorded a fall in 32 seconds to give Stanford the 18-16 dual win over CSU Bakersfield, Saturday, at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) also defeated Cal Baptist (2-1), 20-15, prior to wrestling the Roadrunners (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12).

After redshirt freshman Nathan Traxler came up short of an upset bid over No. 11 Matt Williams at 197 pounds, Stanford found itself down 16-12 with just the heavyweight battle left. Butler, who is ranked 12th nationally, wasted no time securing the fall against Jarrod Snyder to improve to 6-1 on the year. Butler now has 85 career wins, the most of any current Cardinal wrestler.

Redshirt senior Connor Schram (125 pounds) and sophomore Gabriel Townsell (133 pounds) put the Cardinal up 6-0 early against the Roadrunners. Both Schram and Townsell went 2-0 on the day for the Cardinal.

A tough 7-5 decision for redshirt freshman Requir van der Merwe over Kalani Tonge at 149 pounds gave Stanford a 9-4 advantage. CSU Bakersfield then posted back-to-back wins at 157 and 165 to take the lead.

Redshirt senior Keaton Subjeck put the Cardinal back on top momentarily with a hard-fought 8-5 decision over Bryan Battisto at 174 pounds. Knotted at 5-5 in the third, Subjeck scored a reversal and finished with 2:47 of riding time for the win. Ranked 16th in the nation, Subjeck moves to 7-0 on the season after gutting out a 10-9 tiebreaker decision against Nolan Kistler of Cal Baptist.

Against Cal Baptist, sophomore Brandon Kier earned a 3-2 decision over Peter Cunningham at 141 pounds to give Stanford an 11-0 advantage. Walker Dempsey recorded a 9-6 decision against Slater Johnson at 157 pounds, while redshirt sophomore David Showunmi registered his first collegiate dual win with a 3-1 decision over Harlan Kistler at 197 pounds.

Stanford remains on The Farm next week, playing host to Maryland on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Cardinal and Terrapins will square off in an outdoor dual held at the Fan Fest prior to the Stanford football game versus Cal. Time is still dependent on the announcement of the football game time.

Results:
125 #9 Connor Schram (STAN) tech. fall Alex Nunez (CBU) 16-1 (2:35)
133 Gabriel Townsell (STAN) dec. Adam Velasquez (CBU) 4-2
141 Brandon Kier (STAN) dec. Peter Cunningham (CBU) 3-2 (TB2)
149 Andrew Schulte (CBU) maj. dec. Jake Barry (STAN) 14-6
157 Walker Dempsey (STAN) dec. Slater Johnson (CBU) 9-6
165 Christian Smith (CBU) dec. Jared Hill (STAN) 8-2
174 #16 Keaton Subjeck (STAN) dec. Nolan Kistler (CBU) 10-9 (TB2)
184 Nick Fiegener (CBU) maj. dec. Austin Flores (STAN) 20-6
197 David Showunmi (STAN) dec. Harlan Kistler (CBU) 3-1
285 Zach Schrader (CBU) maj. dec. Trevor Rasmussen (STAN) 17-7

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