Stanford In Seventh After First Day Of Pac-10 Wrestling Championships

Feb. 27, 2010

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DAVIS, Calif. – Redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui went unbeaten on the first day of the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships in Davis, Calif., earning himself a spot in tomorrow's 165-pound title match. Seven of 10 Stanford wrestlers picked up wins and seven will wrestle in placement matches tomorrow.

As a team, Stanford earned 66.5 points and stands in seventh place.

Amuchastegui remains in the hunt for both an individual Pac-10 title and an automatic berth in the 2010 NCAA Championships that will be held March 18-20 in Omaha, Neb. The Talent, Ore. native can clinch both with a win over Oregon State's Daniel Brascetta Saturday evening. Amuchastegui registered a 12-3 major decision in his first meeting with Brascetta this season.

Redshirt junior Zack Giesen, the No. 2 seed at 184 pounds, began the day with a 9-3 decision over Cal Poly’s Kelan Bragg. Taking on Cal State Bakersfield’s Michael Larson in the second session, Giesen fell 3-2 to the No. 3 seed. The Grants Pass, Ore., native will now wrestle for a third-place finish and a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Ryan Mango and senior Jake Johnson also earned wins in the first round for the Cardinal. Mango edged Cal State Fullerton’s Andre Gonzalez, 9-8, at 125 pounds to pick up his first win at the conference tournament. Johnson posted a 5-2 decision over the Titans’ Todd Noel at 174 pounds to advance. However, both fell in the second round to put them out of title contention tomorrow.

Mango, the No. 5 seed, will take on Boise State’s Allen Bartelli, the No. 3 seed in the consolation round. Johnson will face Eric Starks of Arizona State on Saturday.

Junior Justin Paulsen dropped his opening round match to Arizona State’s Ben Ashmore, 10-1, at 133 pounds, but rebounded with a 15-3 major decision over Ben DeMuelle of Boise State in the second round. Paulsen will have a chance to wrestle for third place tomorrow, first facing the No. 2 seed Kelly Kubec of Oregon State.

Redshirt junior Lucas Espericueta took the mat for the first time in six weeks, wrestling at 157 pounds for the Cardinal. The Shafter, Calif., native fell to Arizona State’s Te Edwards, 11-7, in the opening round, but came back to defeat Cal State Fullerton’s Steven De La Fuente, 5-3, in the consolation bracket. He will try to keep his season alive as he faces No. 3-seeded Keegan Davis of Oregon State in the third round Saturday.

True freshman Richard Kessler is also still alive for the Cardinal. Kessler fell 4-1 to Boise State’s Matt Casperson in the first round at 197 pounds. He bounced back with a 6-2 decision over Michael Hawkins of Arizona State to advance to Saturday’s competition. Kessler will match up with Oregon State’s Chad Hanke for a chance to compete for third-place.

Stanford’s Results From Day One:
Session 1
125: Ryan Mango (STAN) dec. Andre Gonzalez (CSF), 9-8
133: Ben Ashmore (ASU) maj. dec. Justin Paulsen (STAN), 10-1
141: Levi Jones (BSU) fall Bret Baumbach (STAN), 2:20
149: Barrett Abel (UCD) dec. Tyler Parker (STAN), 10-6
157: Te Edwards (ASU) dec. Lucas Espericueta (STAN), 11-7
165: Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) fall Clayton Schulke (CSF), 3:40
174: Jake Johnson (STAN) dec. Todd Noel (CSF), 5-2
184: Zack Giesen (STAN) dec. Kelan Bragg (CP), 9-3
197: Matt Casperson (BSU) dec. Richard Kessler (STAN), 4-1
HWT: Mitch Monteiro (CSBU) dec. Dylan Rush (STAN), 8-1

Session 2
125: Anthony Robles (ASU) dec. Ryan Mango (STAN), 5-2
133: Justin Paulsen (STAN) maj. dec. Ben DeMuelle (BSU), 15-3
141: Elijah Nacita (CSBU) dec. Bret Baumbach (STAN), 10-7
149: Roger Pena (OSU) dec. Tyler Parker (STAN), 6-3
157: Lucas Espericueta (STAN) dec. Steven De La Fuente (CSF), 5-3
165: Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) dec. Kyle DeBerry (ASU), 7-2
174: Colby Covington (OSU) maj. dec. Jake Johnson (STAN), 16-5
184: Michael Larson (CSBU) dec. Zack Giesen (STAN), 3-2
197: Richard Kessler (STAN) dec. Michael Hawkins (ASU), 6-2
HWT: Ricardo Alcala (UCD) maj dec. Dylan Rush (STAN), 11-3

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