Stanford Continues Early Season Action In Wyoming

Nov. 11, 2008

THIS WEEK: The Stanford wrestling team heads to Wyoming this week for a Friday dual at the University of Wyoming, then Saturday competition at the Cowboy Open. The Cardinal (0-2, 0-1 Pac-10) will look for its first dual win of the year on Friday at 5 p.m. (MT) at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Cowboy Open, also hosted by Wyoming, runs all day Saturday.

ABOUT WYOMING: The Cowboys finished third at the West Regional last year, and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Junior 133-pounder Cory VomBaur (3-0) is the only NCAA qualifer that returns for the Cowboys, but sophomore 141-pounder Cole Dallaserra (4-0) and senior 165-pounder Eric Coxbill (4-0) both were All-WWC selections last season. The program also owns a freshman class that was ranked 11th nationally by W.I.N. Magazine. Like the Cardinal, the Cowboys are under the the leadership of a new head coach (Mark Branch). Friday will mark the first dual of the year for the squad.

ABOUT THE COWBOY OPEN: The Cowboy Open begins Saturday at 9 a.m. (MT) at War Memorial Fieldhouse and will include wrestlers from a number of programs around the country. Schools scheduled to compete include Air Force, Northern Colorado, Utah Valley and Wyoming as well as defending Pac-10 Champion and 14th-ranked Boise State.

UP NEXT: Stanford continues the season with three duals next week, including its first of the year on The Farm. The Cardinal will wrestle Cal Baptist and conference opponent Cal State Fullerton on the road on Friday, Nov. 21, then returns home to face No. 11 Northwestern in its home opener on Sunday, Nov. 23.

SO FAR THIS SEASON: After a number of young wrestlers got a head start on the season at the Menlo Open on Oct. 26, Stanford was in Bakersfield last week to wrestle its first two duals of the year. The Cardinal fell to then-No. 21 Navy in the first dual, 27-11, and dropped the second to Cal State Bakersfield, 28-13. Sophomore Porfirio Madrigal, who is off to a 4-1 start this year, led the Cardinal effort with two major decisions on the day.

TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford's 17 returners are highlighted by a trio that qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament. Junior Zack Giesen and senior Luke Feist have both competed at the last two NCAA Championships, and have more than 50 career wins apiece. Lucas Espericueta had one of the best freshman seasons in school history last year, winning 25 matches and qualifying for the NCAA Championships at 149 pounds.

A NEW LOOK: Stanford is under the guidance of a new head coach this season - former Cardinal assistant Jason Borrelli. Borrelli, a 2006 graduate of Central Michigan, was an integral part of the staff that led Stanford to one of its most successful seasons in school history last year. Working with the lower weights, Borrelli helped the Cardinal win 13 duals, post its highest Pac-10 finish in school history, its second-highest national finish and send a program-best five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.

FRESH FACES: Stanford has seven newcomers on its roster this year, and two of those rookies jumped right into the starting lineup last week. Matt Sencenbaugh (Auburn, Wash.) and Victor Haug (Emigrant, Mont.) started for the Cardinal in both duals last Saturday, and are likely to be in the lineup again this week. Haug picked up his first career dual win against Cal State Bakersfield, coming from behind with five points in the third period to win an 11-8 decision at 184 pounds.

IN THE RANKINGS: Three Stanford wrestlers were ranked in the top 20 in their respective weight classes by Intermat in the preseason poll. Junior Zack Giesen came in at No. 13, senior Luke Feist came in at No. 14 and sophomore Lucas Espericueta came in at No. 20. One of Stanford's female wrestlers, Joleen Oshiro, was recently ranked second nationally at 48 kg by the Women's College Wrestling Association (WCWA).

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