Wrestling Announces Recruits for Fall 2001

May 4, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. -- The Stanford wrestling program has completed its recruiting for the incoming class of fall of 2001. Early signees Ryan Hagen and Nick Lukens will be joined by eight other incoming freshmen. The class of ten is from seven states. Six of the student-athletes have taken first place in state championships, while all have finished in the top-ten at least once.

Hagen, out of Sidney, Montana, added a third state title to his name this season. With 40 victories this season, 32 by pin, Hagen improved his career record to 132-7. Lukens hails from Lebanon, Ohio where he won the state championship during his junior year. He faced one of the toughest schedules in the country during his senior year at one of the nation's top high school programs.

Ray Blake (Chicago, IL/Marist) joins the squad as the only new lightweight. Blake finished his high school career with 132 victories as he took first and third place in the Illinois state tournament. Intermat ranked him sixth in the nation at 112 pounds, and he was named to the Cliff Keen/Wrestling USA Dream Team.

Zack Hensley (Monroe, OH/Lemon-Monroe) will likely compete at 149 pounds. A four-time state qualifier, Hensley recorded his best finish by claiming sixth place in this year's tournament. Luis Vendrell (Dundee, OR/Newberg) is slotted to compete at 157 pounds. After an injury-plagued season at one of the West Coast's most dominant wrestling schools, Vendrell managed to finish third at the state tournament this year. Also from the Beaver State is Brennan Corbett (Broadbent, OR/Myrtle Point). Expected at 165 pounds, Corbett grabbed attention after claiming his second straight state title this season. Imad Kharbush (Livonia, MI/Stevenson), along with the other middleweights, will be adding incredible depth to the Cardinal program. Kharbush finished his junior year with a third place finish in the Michigan tournament, but came back for his final year in high school and tallied 48 wins en route to the state title.

Larry Ozowara (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda) dropeed to 160 pounds for his senior campaign as he compiled over 40 victories and a ninth-place finish in the California state championships. Mark Egesdal (Honolulu, HI/Punahou) snagged a top-three finish a the Northwest Freestyle Junior Regional tournament in Washington. He also managed an undefeated senior season where he capped it off with the state title. Shawn Ritzenthaler (Columbus, OH/Kilbourne), a very athletic heavyweight currently at 225 pounds, represented his high school at the Ohio state tournament and finished with his second seventh-place finish. Ritzenthaler also competed outside of school: he was a Cadet freestyle All-American and was a competed extensively in freestyle and Greco-Roman with Team Ohio.

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