Cardinal Wrestling Signs Four for 2007-08
Nov. 16, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling program has signed four talented high school seniors announced Head Coach Kerry McCoy today. Nick Amuchastegui (Talent, Ore.), Kyle Barrett (Las Vegas, Nev.), Matt Winterbourne (Cornelius, Ore.) and Christine Cunningham (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) will join the Cardinal in 2007-08.
'I am very excited with our early admits,' said McCoy. 'They truly represent some of the best and brightest student-athletes in the nation. They all will bring something special to our program.'
Amuchastegui is a standout from Phoenix High School in Phoenix Ore., who won the Oregon State Championship last year as a junior. Amuchastegui also placed at the State Championships as a freshman and sophomore, taking third both seasons.
'Nick will be a big part of this program's rise to the top, not only because of his wrestling but also because of the type of person he is,' says McCoy 'He will bring out the best in everyone around him.'
Barrett is another defending State Champion from Palo-Verde High School in Las Vegas. He placed seventh in the state as a sophomore and has also placed in numerous national level tournaments.
'Kyle has a very strong work ethic, which could have been learned from his ?father who played professional baseball for over 10 years,' says McCoy. 'He will be a great addition to our program and will really help our team rise to the top.'
Winterbourne is finishing a successful prep career at Forest Grove High School in Forest Grove, Ore. He placed sixth at 189 lbs. at the State Championships last year, and is poised to take the title this season as one of the top ranked wrestlers in the state. ?'Matt will add much needed depth to our upper weights,' says McCoy. 'He has the dedication and drive to become an All-American and challenge for a ?national title.'??Cunningham, hailing from Torrey Pines High School in Encinitas, Calif., is one of the best female high school wrestlers in the country. She has ?placed in every major tournament she has competed in and is in line to ?make the 2012 Olympic team.
'Christine will be a great asset to the program,' says McCoy. 'Her commitment to excellence will raise the bar in our room. She was voted the captain of her club team (both boys and girls) the last 2 years. She has continually faced challenges in her wrestling career and she has always risen above and come out on top.'