SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The Stanford wrestling team opened the 2015-16 season with a dominating 35-6 victory over Cal Poly, Monday, at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, California.
The Cardinal won nine of the 10 bouts and scored bonus points in six of them. The dual was originally scheduled to be held outside, but rain on the Central Coast forced the teams indoors.
Redshirt freshman Brian Rossi got things started for the Cardinal at 133 pounds with an 8-4 decision over Jason DelaCruz. After being taken down to start the first, Rossi scored a reversal and two near fall points to lead 4-2. He added two escapes in the second after DelaCruz had to take injury time. He tacked on another takedown in the third to finalize the win.
True freshman Joey McKenna made his collegiate debut with a fall over Glenn Farina in 1:07. McKenna wasted no time securing his first takedown and near fall points before finishing off Farina.
Another Cardinal making his debut was Paul Fox at 149 pounds. The Lovelock, Nevada native turned in a 12-4 major decision over Joshy Cortez. Leading 7-2 going into the final period, Fox scored two more takedowns and collected 1:08 of riding time for the major.
Redshirt junior Max Hvolbek pushed the Cardinal lead to 16-0 with a 5-3 decision over Colt Shorts at 157 pounds. Holding a 3-0 lead heading into the final period, Shorts chose down to start the third and quickly got an escape, however, Hvolbek fired back with another takedown which ultimately earned the win.
Returning All-American Jim Wilson turned in a 12-4 major decision over Xavier Johnson at 165 pounds. Wilson tallied five takedowns, an escape and 3:40 of riding time in the win. He is now 70-15 for his career.
Redshirt sophomore Keaton Subjeck made the team score 24-0 after he registered a 9-1 major decision against Sohrab Movahedi. He had three takedowns, two near fall points and an escape in the win.
Redshirt junior Peter Galli held on to a 12-10 overtime victory over Mitch Woods at 184 pounds. Leading 8-6 going into the third, Woods took a 9-8 lead before being called for stalling. Galli then scored an escape, but was called for stalling as well, tying the score. In the overtime period, Galli finally notched the winning takedown after a video review of a previous scramble.
Cal Poly finally got on the scoreboard at 197 pounds, where J.T. Goodwin recorded a fall over redshirt senior Michael Sojka in 2:03.
Redshirt junior heavyweight Josh Marchok added to the Stanford lead with an 11-3 major decision over freshman Cortes Morales. He scored with four takedowns, two escapes and a penalty point.
Redshirt sophomore Connor Schram, who dropped down to 125 pounds this season, capped off the scoring with a 14-5 major decision over Yoshito Funakoshi. Schram notched three takedowns in the first period and three in the third, while Funakoshi was unable to score a takedown.
Up next, Stanford heads east, travelling to Chattanooga on Saturday, Nov. 7 before competing in the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 8.
133 -- Brian Rossi (S) dec. Jason DelaCruz (CP) 8-4
141 -- Joey McKenna (S) pinned Glenn Farina (CP) 1:07
149 -- Paul Fox (S) maj. dec. Joshy Cortez (CP) 12-4
157 -- Max Hvolbek (S) dec. Colt Shorts (CP) 5-3
165 -- Jim Wilson (S) maj. dec. Xavier Johnson (CP) 12-4
174 -- Keaton Subjeck (S) maj. dec. Sohrab Movahedi (CP) 9-1
184 -- Peter Galli (S) dec. Mitch Woods (CP) 12-10 SV
197 -- J.T. Goodwin (CP) pinned Michael Sojka (S) 2:03
285 -- Josh Marchok (S) maj. dec. Cortes Morales (CP) 11-3
125 -- Connor Schram (S) maj. dec. Yoshito Funakoshi (CP) 14-5