Stanford Wrestlers Set for University Nationals

April 27, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Nine current and former Stanford wrestlers will compete at the Men's University and FILA Cadet National Championships this weekend at the Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

The University Nationals are one of the most prestigious freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling events of the year, with collegiate, former collegiate and FILA Cadets -- widely considered the best high school wrestlers in the country -- all coming under one roof for the four-day tournament. The event showcases future stars of the sport and is an important stepping stone for Olympic hopefuls on their path to winning medals for the United States.

For collegians, this year's tournament carries added significance, as champions from each weight class will automatically qualify for the World University Championships, giving competitors the opportunity to wrestle some of the very best from around the world. Finalists who do not win a weight class will qualify for the 2006 Senior World Team trials, May 26-28, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Although done with their collegiate careers, Ray Blake, Miguel Matta and Matt Gentry will compete, along with Stanford teammates Jared Boyer, Phillip Doerner, Luke Feist, Scott Loescher, Eric Minnick and Josh Zupancic. All nine will compete in freestyle, with Loescher also wrestling in the Greco-Roman division.

2006 SCHEDULE FOR UNIVERSITY/FILA CADET NATIONALS
Thursday, April 27
7-8 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman registration
8-8:30 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman weigh-ins

Friday, April 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman preliminaries
3 p.m.-conclusion - University and FILA Cadet Greco-Roman preliminaries through finals
6-7:30 p.m. - University freestyle registration
6-8 p.m. - FILA Cadet freestyle registration
8-8:30 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet freestyle weigh-ins

Saturday, April 29
9 a.m.-noon - University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries
2-5 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries
6-9 p.m. - University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries

Sunday, April 30
9 a.m.-conclusion - University and FILA Cadet freestyle preliminaries through finals

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