Josh Zupancic Captures Title at Fullerton Open

Nov. 18, 2006

Fullerton, Calif. - Eleven Stanford wrestlers picked up wins today, and the squad finished seventh at the Cal Open hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Junior Josh Zupancic led the way for the Cardinal, earning his first title of the season at 157 pounds. Overall, Stanford wrestlers picked up 33 wins in the event, including four pins.

Zupancic notched five consecutive wins on his way to the 157-pound title, finishing the day with a 5-4 decision over Cal Poly's Chase Pami. The junior now boasts a 12-2 record this season, and has posted six straight wins.

True freshmen Justin Paulsen and Lucas Espericueta saw their first collegiate action at 133 pounds and 149 pounds, respectively, and each collected four wins. Espericueta also earned his first collegiate win by fall, pinning Nick Cordoza of Mt. Sac. JC in 4:45.

Three Cardinal wrestlers came within just one match of placing, as Brian Perry, Luke Feist and Zack Giesen each reached the consolation semifinals.

'Overall, our guys wrestled hard,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'We just weren't sharp today. I'm happy with the progress were making though. We`re getting better every time we come out. These next two weeks give us an opportunity to train and get better for Las Vegas.'

133 pounds

Cameron Teitelman (2-2): lost to Laramie Shaffer (Iowa State), 5-3; dec. Ryan Stirm (Un-C), 6-5; dec. Anthony Birchek (PIJC), 13-6; lost maj. dec. to TJ Dillashaw (CS Fullerton), 11-0.

Justin Paulsen (4-2): tech. fall Shawn Brendle (UC Davis), 17-2; dec. Ryan Stirm (Un-C), 8-1; lost to Thomas Kimbrell (Un-B), 7-6; dec. Bryan Osuna (UC Davis), 5-2; maj. dec. Shawn Jones (Arizona State), 14-3; lost to Laramie Shaffer (Iowa State), 4-3.

Matt Kim (2-2): dec. Andy Wagner (UNA), 9-5; fall to Nick Gallick (Iowa State), 3:16; dec. Nick Leon (ERA), 4-3; lost to Jake Hanaford (UN-A), 10-8.

149 pounds

Tyler Parker (0-2): lost by default to Jonathan Prince (Arizona State); lost by default to Nick Cordoza (MSJC).

Steven Frehn (2-2): dec. Brent Viloria (SAC), 11-5; fall to Jason Mendez (ER), 3:34; won by default Brandon Shad (UNA); lost to Evan Melgares (UNC), 9-3.

Lucas Espericueta (4-2): Won by default Brandon Shad (UnA); pinned Nick Cordoza (MSJC), 4:45; tech. fall Jonathan Prince (Arizona State), 18-3; lost to Brandon Doyle (UNB), 6-2; dec. Eric Maldonado (UNC), 3-1; lost to Elwin Warsh (UNC), 6-3.

157 pounds

Josh Zupancic (5-0): maj. dec. Nate Kearsley (UVSC), 17-7; tech. fall Eli Arismendez (Un-EU), 17-2; dec. Paul Tice (CS Fullerton), 8-2; dec. Ryan Williams (UNC), 3-2; dec. Chase Pami (UNC), 5-4.

165 pounds

Scott Loescher (3-2): dec. Ernie Varela (UNC), 5-1; lost to Travis Paulson (Iowa State), 9-3; pinned Jeff Baker (UNC), 0:33; maj. dec. Orlando Landois (BJC), 11-1; lost to Calvin Devault (ER), 3-1.

Brian Perry (3-2): pinned Elvin Hernandez (UNA), 3:01; dec. Bryce Horton (Unatt), 1-0; dec. Kevin Gaughan (UNA), 3-1; lost to Travis Paulson (Iowa State), 9-4; lost to Luke Manuel (UN-PU), 3-2.

174 pounds

Alex Muller (0-2): lost to Alex Pavlenko (Arizona State), 7-1; lost to Sabas Cruz (UNA), 8-2.

Luke Feist (4-2): pinned Frank Vergara (UNA), 3:02; tech. fall Caleb Smith (PAJC), 15-0; fall to Nathaniel Augustsor (Unat-ER), 1:41; dec. Nick Walden (ER), 9-1; dec. Ryan Budd (CS Fullerton), 5-2; lost to Grant Turner (Iowa State), 6-2.

184 pounds

Zack Giesen (2-2): dec. Brandon Ceremello (UNB), 7-6; dec. Travous Degroat (PIJC), 6-4; lost to Yuri Kalika (UNC), 11-4; lost to Brent Criswell (UNPU), 10-2.

197 pounds

Jared Boyer (2-2): lost to Arturo Basulto (UNC), 5-2; maj. dec. Wesley Tielens (UNA), 10-1; maj. dec. Dave Evans (UNC), 18-8; lost to Eliot Kelly (UC Davis), 5-1.

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