Stanford Takes on Oregon Trio

Feb. 2, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (5-4, 2-1 Pac-10) will close out the home season this weekend with three matches in 24 hours, as the Cardinal takes on Oregon at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oregon State at 7 p.m. on Friday and wraps with Portland State at noon on Saturday. Stanford will honor its eight seniors (Ray Blake, Brennan Corbett, Ryan Hagen, Zack Hensley, Juston Johnson, Miguel Matta, Larry Ozowara and Brian Perry) on Saturday in a pre-meet ceremony.

'Oregon has two returning Pac-10 champions in their lineup and also a few guys who are ranked highly in the conference this season,' noted head coach Kerry McCoy. 'It is an important match because we need to bounce back after last weekend and it is the first of our last three home matches. Next up, we have Oregon State, which is another important match. They have guys highly ranked in the conference as well as in the nation. It will be important for us to finish the day on a positive note. Our last home match of the year is against Portland State --and it's senior day, so it will be key to finish our homestand strong and also to recognize our seniors for all the hard work and dedication they put in during their years here.'

After a disappointing road trip to Davis last weekend, the Cardinal is looking to defend its home mat, which will be the site of the 2006 Pac-10 Championships later this month, Feb. 26-27. First up will be Oregon. The Ducks are 6-4, with a 4-3 record in the Pac-10, but they have won five of their last six matches, with Oregon's only loss being a 23-21 decision at Arizona State. The Cardinal will then match up against Oregon State. The Beavers have won four straight dual meets and seven of its last eight en route to a 10-2-1 overall mark, with 5-1 record in conference action. Stanford will wrap up the homestand against Portland State on Saturday. The Vikings stand at 2-14 on the year with an 0-5 mark in the Pac-10. Portland State will challenge UC Davis on Friday night before arriving in Palo Alto.

All three matches will be held at Burnham Pavilion, and both of Friday's matches will be webcast live through GoStanford. Additionally, live text coverage will be available through InterMat.

Stanford Probable Lineup - Friday vs. Oregon & Oregon State
125 pounds - Tanner Gardner
133 pounds - Eric Minnick
141 pounds - Juston Johnson or Tyler Parker
149 pounds - Josh Zupancic
157 pounds - Scott Loescher or Zack Hensley
165 pounds - Ray Blake or Miguel Matta
174 pounds - Luke Feist or Brennan Corbett
184 pounds - Ryan Hagen or Larry Ozowara
197 pounds - Ian Bork or Larry Ozowara
HWT - Jared Boyer or Phillip Doerner

Stanford Probable Lineup - Saturday vs. Portland State - Senior Day
125 pounds - Tanner Gardner
133 pounds - Eric Minnick
141 pounds - Juston Johnson
149 pounds - Josh Zupancic
157 pounds - Zack Hensley
165 pounds - Miguel Matta
174 pounds - Brennan Corbett
184 pounds - Ryan Hagen
197 pounds - Larry Ozowara
HWT - Jared Boyer

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