Stanford Wrestling Travels To Northwestern For Three Dual Meets

Nov. 13, 2009

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THIS WEEK: Stanford travels to Evanston, Ill., for the Northwestern Duals. The Cardinal will meet Purdue, host Northwestern and Northern Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Welsh-Ryan Arena. All three opponents ended the 2008-09 season ranked in the top-25 of the NWCA Coaches Poll.

MENLO OPEN RESULTS: Last week, nine Cardinal wrestlers, including three true freshman, competed at the Menlo Open in Menlo Park, Calif. Both sophomore Timmy Boone and true freshman Richard Kessler went undefeated in the pool tournament. Additionally, sophomores Victor Haug and Matt Sencenbaugh and freshman Jordan Gray each advanced to the title match in their respective pools.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal will remain on the road next week as it squares off with Cal Baptist, Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Riverside, Calif. The team will then participate in the Fullerton Open, Saturday, Nov. 21.

TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford’s 17 returners are highlighted by a trio of NCAA qualifiers. Redshirt juniors Lucas Espericueta and Zack Giesen and redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui. All three are Pac-10 placewinners and in the top-5 on Stanford’s freshman wins list. They have combined to post 137 wins thus far and are all on pace to finish their careers at Stanford in the top-10 in careeer wins.

FRESH FACES: Stanford has nine newcomers on its roster this year. Highlighting the rookies are four state champions in Iowa’s Bret Baumbach, Missouri’s Ryan Mango and Kyle Meyer and Wisconsin’s Sam Umlauf. Additionally, the new faces on the Cardinal roster include Anthony Degani (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Jordan Gray (Essex Junction, Vt.), Richard Kessler (Elkhorn, Wis.), Tek Li (San Francisco, Calif.) and Dylan Rush (Naalehu, Hawai’i).

IN THE RANKINGS: Redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui and redshirt junior Zack Giesen are listed among the top-20 in the InterMat preseason rankings to begin the 2009-10 season. Amuchastegui comes in at No. 18 in the 165 pound weight class, while Giesen holds the No. 15 slot at 184 pounds.

HEAD COACH Jason Borrelli: Stanford is under the guidance of a second-year head coach Jason Borrelli. In his first season at the helm of the program, the Cardinal earned eight dual wins, had four top-three Pac-10 placers for the first time in more than two decades and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Borrelli, a former Central Michigan standout, first came to The Farm as an assistant coach in 2007 and quickly helped guide the Cardinal to one of its most successfull seasons in school history.

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