Stanford Lineup Set After Wrestle-Offs

Nov. 1, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The 2005-06 Cardinal Wrestling season began tonight, as the team competed in wrestles-offs to determine the starting lineup.

There were no matches at 125, 149, 184 and 197 pounds, as Tanner Gardner, Josh Zupancic, Ryan Hagen and Ian Bork did not compete for starting spots tonight.

At 133 pounds, a pair of true freshmen battled for the spot, and Eric Minnick came out on top with a 10-6 decision over Matt Kim.

Tyler Parker, another true freshman, followed with a 4-2 decision over sophomore Rafael Chavez to claim the position at 141 pounds.

Junior Scott Loescher has moved down to 157 pounds this season and claimed his spot with a 16-7 major decision over redshirt freshman Bobby Pease.

Fifth-year seniors Ray Blake and Brennan Corbett battled at 165 pounds, with Blake taking an 8-3 victory, as he scored four points in the final two minutes to secure the decision.

Fifth-year senior Imad Kharbush took on redshirt freshman Luke Feist at 174 pounds, and Kharbush, the 2004 Pac-10 Champion, scored an 11-7 victory to retain his spot in the starting lineup.

The heavyweights rounded out the night, with Oklahomans Jared Boyer and Phillip Doerner wrestling for the last spot. Boyer came away with the 2-0 victory, scoring a pair of points in the second period.

In exhibition matches, sophomore Josh Zupancic tallied a 7-3 decision over freshman Peter Miller, while Brian Perry notched a 17-6 major decision over Miguel Matta.

Stanford will travel to Kansas City, Mo., for its first dual of the season, as the Cardinal takes on No. 14 Missouri on Friday, Nov. 11. The Cardinal will then compete at the Central Missouri Open on Sunday, before returning west for the California Open on Nov. 19 in Fullerton.

133 pounds: Eric Minnick dec. Matt Kim, 10-6.
141 pounds: Tyler Parker dec. Rafael Chavez, 4-2.
157 pounds: Scott Loescher maj. dec. Bobby Pease, 16-7.
165 pounds: Ray Blake dec. Brennan Corbett, 8-3.
174 pounds: Imad Kharbush dec. Luke Feist, 11-7.
HWT: Jared Boyer dec. Phillip Doerner, 2-0.
Exhibition: Josh Zupancic dec. Peter Miller, 7-3; Brian Perry maj. dec. Miguel Matta, 17-6.

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