Stanford Wrestling Celebrates 2006-07 Season

May 3, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team celebrated the 2006-07 season on Saturday night at the annual team banquet, held at the Stanford Golf Course. The Cardinal finished the season with an 8-8 overall record and a 5-4 mark in conference, before qualifying five wrestlers for the NCAA Championships and finishing with two All-Americans.

The honors began with the Tod Surmon Award, a new award started this season?and given to the Stanford wrestler who had the most outstanding performance ?at each home dual. Luke Feist won the first award for his performance against Columbia, while Scott Loescher (Lehigh dual), Tanner Gardner (UC Davis and SF State duals), Brian Perry (Menlo College dual), Josh Zupancic (Oregon dual), Cameron Teitelman (Cal Poly dual) and Phillip Doerner (Arizona State dual) were also presented the award.

Zack Giesen, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, finished second in the Pac-10 and qualified for the NCAA Championships during his rookie season and was named the team's Outstanding Newcomer. Gardner and Zupancic earned the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award for the best combination of academics and athletics. Perry was named the Most Improved and freshman Jake Johnson earned the Coaches Award, given to the individual who made the most significant contributions to the well-being of the team in terms of attitude, improvement and special leadership.?Gardner was named the Most Valuable Wrestler, after winning the Pac-10 Championship at 125 pounds and becoming the first wrestler in Stanford history to earn a second consecutive All-America honor.

Stanford graduates just one senior from the 2006-07 season and returns four NCAA qualifiers, including All-Americans Gardner and Zupancic.

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