2003-04 Honor Roll: Matt Gentry

Any Stanford athlete who made history in 2003/2004 should find a spot on The Bootleg's Honor Roll. History is exactly what Matt Gentry made when he won the 157 pound division at the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall and Jed Lowrie.

The fifth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is wrestler Matt Gentry. The junior from Grants Pass, OR put Stanford on the wrestling map in 2004 by becoming the first Cardinal wrestler ever to win an NCAA title. Gentry completely dominated the 157 pound division in 2003/2004, posting a perfect 42-0 mark. In the NCAA finals, Gentry defeated Ohio’s Jake Percival 4-2 in a battle of undefeated wrestlers.

Based on his achievements, Gentry became the first Stanford wrestler ever to be named the Pac-10’s Wrestler of the Year. Coach Steve Buddie was also named Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading Stanford to a 19th place finish at the NCAA’s.

As a sophomore in 2003, Gentry registered 32 wins on his way to becoming an Honorable mention All-American. In his freshman season, Gentry had also been named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

Gentry will be back on The Farm this fall try to lead the Cardinal wrestling program to even greater heights during the 2004/2005 season.

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