Stanford Travels East for First Dual and Tournament

Nov. 10, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford wrestling will open the 2005-06 season against No. 14 Missouri on Friday at 7 p.m. The match will be held at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo. The Cardinal will then travel to Warrensburg, Mo., for the Central Missouri Open on Sunday.

Last season, the Cardinal finished the year with a 6-8-1 record, but Friday's dual will mark the beginning of first-year head coach Kerry McCoy's tenure at the helm of the Stanford wrestling program.

'We're very excited for our first competition,' noted McCoy. 'It will be a tough test, but we're up for it. On paper, we're not the better team, but we're going to go out there and show what we can do. You have to go out and compete, wrestling is not done on paper.'

Stanford will stay in the Midwest for Sunday's tournament at Central Missouri State. Last year, the Cardinal placed six wrestlers at the tournament, including sophomores Tanner Gardner, who captured the title at 125 pounds as an unattached competitor, and Josh Zupancic, who finished in second place at 149 pounds.

'The tournament will be a chance to get more guys competition time,' added McCoy. 'It will be good preparation for the end of the season. Right now, every day is practice, and the Central Missouri Open will be an opportunity to see how ready we are.'

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