Stanford Wrestling Travels To No. 15 Cal Poly For Pac-10 Dual Friday

Jan. 20, 2010

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THIS WEEK: Stanford remains on the road as it resumes Pac-10 competition at 15th-ranked Cal Poly. The Cardinal will compete against the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo, Friday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT CAL POLY: Cal Poly is 5-2 under seventh-year head coach John Azevedo and ranked 15th nationally. The Mustangs already have two Pac-10 dual wins, defeating Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Bakersfield earlier this season. Cal Poly has three wrestlers ranked in the top-10 in the nation. Brothers Filip (17-4) and Boris (18-1) Novachkov are both ranked No. 4 at 141 and 133 pounds, respectively. Senior 157-pounder Chase Pami (19-4) is also ranked, coming in at No. 10 for the Mustangs. All three are undefeated in dual matches this season.

LAST TIME OUT: The Cardinal finished 2-1 at the Spartan Duals, defeating Northern Illinois, 22-18, and Eastern Michigan, 26-15. Freshman Ryan Mango, sophomore Nick Amuchastegui and junior Zack Giesen combined to score 38 of Stanford’s 58 points on the day. The trio was 9-0 at the Spartan Duals. The two victories gave the Cardinal eight wins on the season, tying its win total from a year ago. Stanford concluded the weekend at eighth-ranked Central Michigan. The Cardinal fell, 33-6, as head coach Jason Borrelli faced his father, Tom Borrelli, for the first time in his young career.

FOR THE RECORD: Junior Zack Giesen is one win shy of tying for 10th all-time in career wins in Stanford history. He currently boasts 82 career wins and will look to climb into the top-10 in the coming weeks.

WIN STREAKS: Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui boasts the longest win streak for the Cardinal this season. He won 13 matches in a row before falling to Jarrod King of Edinboro at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Junior Lucas Espericueta also strung together an impressive winning streak this year, tallying 11 consecutive victories between Nov. 21 and Dec. 20. Currently, Zack Giesen has won six in a row and will look to extend his streak this weekend.

TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford’s 17 returners are highlighted by a trio of NCAA qualifiers. 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 201 wins thus far and are all on pace to finish their time at Stanford in the top-10 in careeer wins.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford made its first appearance of the year in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, tying for 25th with Michigan State, in November. Individually, junior Zack Giesen is listed at No. 11 at 184 pounds and Lucas Espericueta is No. 20 in the InterMat rankings. Giesen is also No. 13 by D1CW Rankings, while sophomore Nick Amuchastegui comes in at No. 21 in the 165 pound weight class.

GETTING TO KNOW...: Two Cardinal wrestlers have been featured on the OpenMat.com’s Q&A feature “7 Minutes With...”. To read what junior heaveyweight Dylan Rush or redshirt junior Zack Giesen had to say, visit news.theopenmat.com and search for “Dylan Rush” or “Zack Giesen”.

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

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.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal will return to The Farm as it hosts No .12 Boise State and Cal State Fullerton for two more Pac-10 contests. Stanford will take on the Broncos, Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and the Titans, Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Both duals will be held in Burnham Pavilion.

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