Stanford Continues Pac-10 Action in Bakersfield
Jan. 18, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team heads to Cal State Bakersfield this weekend for its third conference dual of the 2006-07 season. The Cardinal (3-5, 1-1 Pac-10) is coming off of a dominating non-conference win over San Francisco State and will look to pick up its second Pac-10 dual win of the season. The Cardinal split its first two conference duals, with a 29-16 win over Cal State Fullerton and a 29-12 loss to UC Davis. Action begins Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Icardo Center on the CS Bakersfield campus.
Stanford's line-up is highlighted by juniors Tanner Gardner and Josh Zupancic. The Cardinal standouts boast 26 wins apiece this season, and both have consistently appeared in the NWCA top-20. Gardner is currently No. 4 nationally at 125 pounds and top-ranked in the Pac-10, while Zupancic is 17th nationally at 157 pounds and ranked second in the conference. Freshman Zack Giesen (184 pounds) picked up the 20th win of his successful freshman season last week. The squad's lone senior, Brian Perry, also picked up win No. 20 last week, matching the top single-season win total of his career.
The Roadrunners (3-2, 1-1 Pac-10) have an even Pac-10 record, after dropping their conference opener to Boise State on Dec. 14, 21-18, and topping Oregon on Jan. 2, 29-6. The squad is led by senior Matt Schumm at 141 pounds, the only Bakersfield wrestler to have made an appearance in the top-20 this season. Brandon Doyle (149 pounds) and Brandon Halsey (197 pounds) are both riding four-match winning streaks and are undefeated in dual meets this season. The pair, along with junior Daniel Atondo (164 pounds), are all currently ranked second in the Pac-10. Last season, Stanford topped CS Bakersfield at home, 27-14.
Cardinal and Roadrunner wrestlers have met five times this season, with four meetings coming at the Fullerton Open in mid-November. Giesen and junior Scott Loescher both topped wrestlers from CS Bakersfield in Fullerton, while Cardinal freshmen Lucas Espericueta and Justin Paulsen dropped matches to Roadrunner wrestlers while competing unattached. Sophomore Jared Boyer met Halsey in Reno and dropped a 3-6 decision.
'Bakersfield has outperformed us in almost every competition we've seen them in this season, so, on paper, they're favored,' noted Head Coach Kerry McCoy. 'If we wrestle with the same intensity and belief that we did against San Francisco State, though, we should do well.'