Stanford Opens Pac-10 Season with CSUB

Jan. 19, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Cal State Bakersfield (1-3, 1-1 Pac-10) will be up north this weekend, as Stanford (3-3, 0-0 Pac-10) is set to open conference action with a Friday night dual against the Roadrunners in the Ford Center. The meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the gym adjacent to Burnham Pavilion.

'Bakersfield is a big match because it's our first conference dual, but also because it's become a rivalry,' noted head coach Kerry McCoy. 'Every match from now on has an impact on Pac-10 rankings and seedings. This is our next step in helping us establish ourselves as the best team in the conference and in the West.'

CSUB leads the all-time series against Stanford, 23-2, but the Cardinal is on pace with the Roadrunners this year and is looking for its first win against the southern California team since the 2001-02 season. The Roadrunners are just two spots above Stanford in the conference rankings, and the Cardinal is looking to upend Bakersfield's six wrestlers who are ranked in the top-6 in the Pac-10.

Two matches will feature a pair of conference-ranked wrestlers, as second-ranked Anthony Baza (ranked No. 18 in the nation) will face fifth-ranked Josh Zupancic at 149 pounds and fourth-ranked Brian Busby will take on fifth-ranked Ray Blake at 165 pounds.

The match will begin at 7 p.m. in the Ford Center. The Cardinal will return to Burnham Pavilion on Monday night when the Cardinal hosts Cal State Fullerton.

Friday's Probable Match-Ups
125 pounds: #11 Tanner Gardner (24-8) vs. Brandon Zoetewey (5-8)
133 pounds: Eric Minnick (3-12) vs. #17 Tommy Vargas (9-4) or Thomas Kimbrell (3-6)
141 pounds: Tyler Parker (9-10) or Juston Johnson (1-1) vs. Matt Schumm (14-9) or Jeremy Doyle (4-7)
149 pounds: Josh Zupancic (14-4) vs. #18 Anthony Baza (13-4)
157 pounds: Scott Loescher (15-13) vs. Daniel Atondo (5-5)
165 pounds: Ray Blake (30-10) vs. Brian Busby (16-5)
174 pounds: Luke Feist (10-12) vs. #18 Christian Arellano (17-9) or Garth Wara (7-4)
184 pounds: Ryan Hagen (2-12) vs. Brandon Ceremello (1-7)
197 pounds: Ian Bork (6-8) vs. Colton Nichols (1-6) or Ryan Bergman (1-3)
Heavyweight: Jared Boyer (4-11) vs. Eric Parker (18-9)

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