Stanford Begins Season With Wrestle-Offs

Oct. 31, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Wrestling will hold its season-opening intrasquad match on Tuesday at 7 p.m., in Burnham Pavilion. It will be the head coaching debut for Kerry McCoy, as he takes over a Stanford squad with two returning NCAA Qualifiers.

'Wrestle-offs are important because they will set our starting line-up for our first dual meet against Missouri,' noted McCoy. 'Most likely, the people that win tomorrow will represent the Cardinal for much of the season, so we need to have a good showing.'

A quartet of true freshmen will make their collegiate debuts, as Matt Kim (West Linn, Ore.) and Eric Minnick (Newton Square, Pa.) will compete at 133 pounds, Tyler Parker (Lawrenceville, Ga.) takes on sophomore Rafael Chavez at 141 pounds, and Peter Miller (St. Louis, Mo.) competes against Josh Zupancic (Akron, Ohio) in an exhibition match.

Redshirt sophomore Scott Loescher (Portland, Ore.) and redshirt freshman Bobby Pease (Los Gatos, Calif.) will challenge each other at 157 pounds.

The 165-pound weight class will feature a pair of matches, as fifth-year seniors Ray Blake (Chicago, Ill.) and Brennan Corbett (Broadbent, Ore.) will compete in the first match and juniors Miguel Matta (Oxnard, Calif.) and Brian Perry (Columbia, Mo.) will face off in the exhibition bout.

Two-time NCAA Qualifier Imad Kharbush (Livonia, Mich.) is slated to take on redshirt freshman Luke Feist (Sandpoint, Idaho) at 174 pounds, while fifth-year seniors Ryan Hagen (Sidney, Mont.) and Larry Ozowara (Etiwanda, Calif.) will wrestle at 184 pounds. Oklahoma City natives Jared Boyer and Phillip Doerner will cap the night, as they battle at heavyweight.

There will be no matches at three weights: 125, 149 and 197 pounds.

Following wrestle-offs, the Cardinal will travel to the Midwest, where Stanford will open against Missouri on Nov. 1 and then compete at the Central Missouri State Open on Nov. 13.

Tentative Wrestle-offs Lineup
125 - No Match
133 - Matt Kim vs. Eric Minnick
141 - Rafael Chavez vs. Tyler Parker
149 - No Match
157 - Scott Loescher vs. Bobby Pease
Exhibition - Peter Miller vs. Josh Zupancic
165 - Ray Blake vs. Brennan Corbett
Exhibition - Miguel Matta vs. Brian Perry
174 - Luke Feist vs. Imad Kharbush
184 - Ryan Hagen vs. Larry Ozowara
197 - No Match
285 - Jared Boyer vs. Phillip Doerner

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