Stanford Set to Battle San Francisco State

Jan. 10, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team will take on a local foe this week, squaring off with the San Francisco State Gators on Friday night. The Cardinal (2-5, 1-1 Pac-10) looks to rebound from last week's losses and pick up its third dual meet win of the season. Action begins at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Ford Center on the Stanford campus.

Co-captain Tanner Gardner (25-3), ranked fourth in the nation at 125 pounds, highlights the Cardinal lineup. The junior has captured a pair of tournament titles this season, and is currently the top-ranked wrestler in the Pac-10. Last week, Gardner went undefeated at the Stanford duals. Stanford's other ranked wrestler, No. 16 Josh Zupancic (25-7), will return this week for the Cardinal at 157 pounds after sitting out at the Stanford Duals. Sophomore 174-pounder Luke Feist (16-13), who is coming off of an upset of No. 11 Matt Palmer of Columbia, will be another force for the Cardinal.

San Francisco State (1-7, 1-0 RMAC) is led by Kenneth Packard (157 pounds) who has collected 92 team points this season. Virgil Lockett (141 pounds) leads the team in wins by fall (3) and Ali Lockett (149 pounds) is the only Gator with a winning record in 2006-07. Zupancic and Packard are the only Cardinal and Gator wrestlers to have met this season, as the Cardinal junior dropped Packard, 15-0, at the Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 1. Last season, Stanford topped the Gators 30-9 in San ?Francisco, with the Cardinal winning seven of ten matches.

'San Francisco State has a couple of good individuals which, in a dual meet setting, can be the difference between winning and losing,' said Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'Our guys shouldn't take anyone lightly and need to go out and wrestle hard. It's great to be at home and in front of a home crowd again. We're just going to go out there and see what we can do.'

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