Stanford defeats Utah Valley, Harvard

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford prevailed in a pair of duals, upsetting No. 22 Utah Valley (20-19) and avenging last year's loss to Harvard (26-12), Saturday, at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal improved to 5-0 on the season, while the Wolverines are now 7-6 and the Crimson dropped to 0-2. Five Stanford wrestlers picked up a pair of wins on Saturday.

Against Utah Valley, Stanford won four of its five bouts by bonus points to edge the Wolverines. Eighth-ranked Nathan Traxler sealed the dual win, holding off No. 13 Tanner Orndorff, 9-7, at 197 pounds.

Fifth-year senior Mason Pengilly got the Cardinal on the board with a 12-0 major decision over Isaiah Delgado at 133 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Requir van der Merwe, who is new to the rankings this week at No. 15, dominated Cameron Haddock with a 16-0 technical fall at 149 pounds.

Sophomore Dominick Mandarino extended the Cardinal lead to 13-6 with an exciting 22-12 major decision over Landon Knutzen at 157 pounds. Mandarino racked up five takedowns and eight near fall points in the win.

Fifth-year Rico Stormer also posted a big win for the Cardinal, registering a 23-10 major decision over Kyle Snelling at 174 pounds. Stormer finished with eight takedowns and 2:51 of riding time.

Fifth-year senior Brian Rossi returned to the mat for the first time since November 19, 2017. The 125-pounder fell to Utah Valley's Josh Jensen, 4-1. Fellow fifth-year senior and captain Paul Fox wrestled up for the team at 165 pounds, dropping an 8-0 major decision to 11th-ranked Demetrius Romero.

Stanford won seven of its 10 bouts against Harvard, who defeated the Cardinal 21-20 last year in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stanford turned in four wins by bonus points.

Pengilly recorded his second shutout major decision of the day, defeating Lukus Stricker, 13-0, at 133 pounds. Pengilly is now 3-0 in duals this season.

Junior Brandon Kier gave Stanford the lead for good at 141 pounds. Trailing Harvard's Ryan Friedman 3-0 going into the final period, Kier scored a reversal to start the third. After Friedman escaped, Kier secured a takedown, but Friedman escaped again to lead 5-4. Kier managed to score a takedown as time expired, but Friedman was awarded a point for riding time to knot the score at 6-6. Kier finished a takedown with three seconds left in sudden victory to win it 8-6.

At 149 pounds, van der Merwe continued to wrestle well, posting an 11-2 major decision against Brock Wilson. He tallied four takedowns, a reversal and secured the riding time point in the win. He is now 15-6 overall and 4-1 in duals this season.

Mandarino earned his second victory of the afternoon with a 10-4 decision over Hunder Ladnier at 157 pounds. He moves to 19-5 overall and 4-0 in duals.

Stormer, who graduated from Harvard in 2018 and is now working towards his master's at Stanford in energy resources engineering, earned a hard-fought 7-4 decision over Leo Tarantino at 174 pounds. Stormer is now 5-0 in duals this season.

Traxler tallied a 17-5 major decision against Cole Bateman at 197 pounds to help put the dual out of reach for the Crimson. He improved to 19-4 overall and 5-0 in duals.

Redshirt freshman Haydn Maley capped things off for Stanford with a 16-0 second-period technical fall over Evan Callahan at heavyweight. He quickly scored a takedown in the opening period and racked up 12 near fall points in the first for a 14-0 lead. He chose to start on top in the second and finished off Callahan with two more near fall points. He improves to 2-1 in duals this season.

Stanford will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 25 against Cal Baptist. The Cardinal and Lancers will square off at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Stanford 20, No. 22 Utah Valley 19
125 Josh Jensen (UVU) dec. Brian Rossi (STAN) 4-1
133 Mason Pengilly (STAN) maj. dec. Isaiah Delgado (UVU) 12-0
141 #11 Matt Findlay (UVU) dec. Brandon Kier (STAN) 10-7
149 #15 Requir van der Merwe (STAN) tech. fall Cameron Haddock (UVU) 16-0 (4:16)
157 Dominick Mandarino (STAN) maj. dec. Landon Knutzen (UVU) 22-12
165 #11 Demetrius Romero (UVU) maj. dec. Paul Fox (STAN) 8-0
174 Rico Stormer (STAN) maj. dec. Kyle Snelling (UVU) 23-10
184 Will Sumner (UVU) dec. Austin Flores (STAN) 10-8
197 #8 Nathan Traxler (STAN) dec. #13 Tanner Orndorff (UVU) 9-7
285 #10 Tate Orndorff (UVU) fall David Showunmi (STAN) F4:09

Stanford 26, Harvard 12
125 Nolan Hellickson (H) won by forfeit FF
133 Mason Pengilly (STAN) maj. dec. Lukus Stricker (H) 13-0
141 Brandon Kier (STAN) dec. Ryan Friedman (H) 8-6 (SV)
149 #15 Requir van der Merwe (STAN) maj. dec. Brock Wilson (H) 11-2
157 Dominick Mandarino (STAN) dec. Hunter Ladnier (H) 10-4
165 Josh Kim (H) dec. Paul Fox (STAN) 8-7
174 Rico Stormer (STAN) dec. Leo Tarantino (H) 7-4
184 Cliffton Wang (H) dec. Colbey Harlan (STAN) 6-0
197 #8 Nathan Traxler (STAN) maj. dec. Cole Bateman (H) 17-5
285 Haydn Maley (STAN) tech. fall Evan Callahan (H) 16-0 (4:27)


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