Stanford Kicks Off Season With Wrestle-Offs

Oct. 25, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team kicked off the 2008-09 season today at Burnham Pavilion, hosting wrestle-offs to determine the starting lineup for its Nov. 8 season opener in Bakersfield. The day featured eight bouts with 15 wrestlers competing, including the debuts of six Cardinal freshmen.

At 125 pounds, true freshman Matt Sencenbaugh defeated sophomore Austin Quarles by a 12-0 major decision.

At 133 pounds, sophomores Justin Paulsen and Porfirio Madrigal battled, with Paulsen coming out on top, 5-3.

At 141 pounds, sophomore Cameron Teitelman posted the only win by fall of the afternoon, pinning freshman Jason Torres in 2:01.

At 149 pounds, sophomore Max Rosefigura reclaimed a starting role, topping freshman Michael Kent, 5-2.

In the 165-pound match, returning NCAA qualifier Lucas Espericueta, who will wrestle at 157 pounds this year, bested freshman Spence Patrick, 6-3.

At 174 pounds, redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui earned a place in the lineup, decisively defeating freshman Victor Haug, 13-1.

At 184 pounds, sophomore Kyle Barrett topped freshman Kyler Hasson, 8-1. Hasson also wrestled junior returning starter Jake Johnson in the 197-pound bout, and Johnson came out on top, 8-2.

Stanford begins the season in Bakersfield, Calif. on Nov. 8, taking on Navy and Cal State Bakersfield in its first dual meets of the year.

Based on today's results and some early injuries, the probable starting line-up for those matches will be:

125 - Matt Sencenbaugh, FR133 - Justin Paulsen, RS SO141 - Cameron Teitelman, RS SO149 - Max Rosefigura, SO157 - Lucas Espericueta, RS SO165 - Kyler Hasson, FR174 - Nick Amuchastegui, RS FR184 - Kyle Barrett, SO197 - Jake Johnson, JRHWT - Matt Winterbourne, RS FR

Twelve Cardinal wrestlers will get a head start on the season tomorrow, competing at the Menlo Open at Menlo College.

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