Stanford Wrestling Announces Four Signings

Dec. 6, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Wrestling announced the signing of four top recruits during the 2002 early signing period. Tanner Gardner, Josh Zupancic, Scott Loescher and Phillip Doerner all signed National Letters of Intent to attend Stanford next year. The foursome will bring state titles, numerous honors and valuable experience with them in the fall of 2003.

Tanner Gardner hails from Berryton, Kansas and has already won a state and a national title in his junior season at Shawnee Heights High School. Last season, he compiled a 41-0 record en route to the state title at 112 pounds. At the Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota last year, Gardner took home the Greco-Roman title and a third place freestyle finish at 105 pounds. In his sophomore season, Gardner accumulated a 40-2 record and a third place finish in the state championships. He is currently nationally ranked as high as No. 3 in his weight division. Gardner attends the East Kansas Wrestling Club, home to current Stanford wrestlers Ian Bork (197) and Scott Polley (149). Gardner will likely compete at 125 pounds for the Cardinal.

Josh Zupancic, an Akron, Ohio native, has made three consecutive appearances in the Ohio state finals. Last season, Zupancic took the title after having finished as the runner-up the two previous seasons. Zupancic attends Walsh Jesuit High School, where he faces one of the nation's toughest wrestling schedules. Having amassed 107 wins in his career, Zupancic is looking to defend his title at 125 in his senior campaign. He is currently nationally ranked as high as No. 5 in his weight division and will likely wrestle at 133 pounds for Stanford.

Scott Loescher attends Clackamas High School in Portland, Oregon. Loescher placed third in the Oregon state championships last season after losing a close semifinal match to the eventual champion. After his junior season, Loescher took home the freestyle title at the Northwest Regionals, a Greco-Roman title at the Western Regionals and capped his summer with a third place finish at the Junior Nationals (Greco), garnering him All-America status. He is currently nationally ranked as high as No. 8 in his weight division and will likely wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds for the Cardinal.

Phillip Doerner, out of Oklahoma Coty, Oklahoma, will increase Stanford's depth at the upperweights. Doerner won the state title at 215 pounds in his junior year at Heritage Hall High School. He compiled 35 victories en route to his title. Last summer, Doerner anchored Oklahoma's national team when they won the National Duals team title and then stayed afloat for six rounds in both freestyle and Greco-Roman competition at the Junior Nationals. He will likely compete at 197 pounds for Stanford.

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