No. 25 Stanford Wrestling Travels To Cal Baptist For Dual Friday

Nov. 19, 2009

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THIS WEEK: Stanford heads to Southern California to take on the Cal Baptist Lancers for a dual on Friday, Nov. 20 in Riverside, Calif. The Cardinal will then participate in the Fullerton Open on Saturday, Nov. 21 before returning to The Farm.

ABOUT CAL BAPTIST: Cal Baptist is in its second year as a sponsor of collegiate wrestling as it was the second NAIA school in California to include the sport. The Lancers are ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll and are have seven wrestlers listed in the individual rankings. Senior 184-pounder Enock Francois holds a No. 5 ranking and won to the CBU Open tournament title in October. Seven other CBU wrestlers are ranked in the NAIA national rankings, including senior Chauncey Philipps who is No. 11 at 125 pounds.

FULLERTON OPEN: Select members of the Stanford wrestling team compete in the Fullerton Open, Saturday, Nov. 21. The event, held at Titan Gym, runs all day and includes representatives from a number of conference teams. Last year, two Stanford wrestlers placed at the tournament, including 184-pound champion Zack Giesen who pinned for opponents for the title.

NWCA All-STAR CLASSIC: Redshirt junior Zack Giesen will be a “featured bout” in the 2009 NWCA All-Star Classic. The event will take place in Fullerton, Calif., on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Giesen will square off against Enoch Francois of Cal Baptist University.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went undefeated at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Ill. The Cardinal defeated Purdue (19-16), Northwestern (27-6) and Northern Iowa (19-12). Redshirt juniors Justin Paulsen and Zack Giesen and redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui all posted 3-0 records over the weekend.

UP NEXT: Stanford will close out the month of November in the Bay Area as it is set to battle Menlo College and San Francisco State in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Cardinal will face the Oaks at 5 p.m. before taking on the Gators at 7 p.m.

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 144 wins thus far and are all on pace to finish their careers at Stanford in the top-10 in careeer wins.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford makes its first appearance of the year in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll this week, coming in tied for 25th with Michigan State. Individually, redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui and redshirt junior Zack Giesen are listed among the top-20 in the InterMat rankings. Amuchastegui comes in at No. 19 in the 165 pound weight class, while Giesen holds the No. 13 slot at 184 pounds.

GETTING TO KNOW...: Two Cardinal wrestlers have been featured on the’s Q&A feature “7 Minutes With...”. To read what redshirt junior Zack Giesen had to say click here. For junior heaveyweight Dylan Rush's interview click here.

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).

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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