Paulsen Takes Third at California Collegiates

Feb. 3, 2007

San Francisco, Calif. - Five wrestlers represented the Cardinal today at the 31st annual California Collegiate Wrestling Invitational in San Francisco. Freshman Justin Paulsen placed for the first time in his collegiate career, finishing third at 133 pounds with a 5-1 record.

After picking up an early default win, Paulsen dropped an 8-5 decision to John Cardenas of Cal State Bakersfield. The Cardinal freshman battled his way back through the consolation bracket, picking up his first collegiate pin and two wins by technical fall to earn his third place finish. The Artesia, Calif. native posted a 19-2 technical fall over John Hanks of Cal Poly in the third place match.

Freshman Lucas Espericueta and junior Scott Loescher advanced to the championship semifinals at 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, but dropped matches in the consolation bracket to fall just short of placing.

The Cardinal squad continues the dual season on Friday, heading to Boise State for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Broncos.

Stanford Results
Fullerton Open * Fullerton, Calif.
November 18, 2006

133 pounds

Justin Paulsen (5-1), 3rd place: won by default John Hanks (Cal Poly); lost to John Cardenas (CS Bakersfield), 8-5; won by default Bryan Osuna (UC Davis); tech. fall Alexander Varela (Menlo College), 16-0; pinned Sabi Singh (Unattached), 1:25; tech. fall John Hanks (Cal Poly), 19-2.

141 pounds

Alex Dao (0-2): fall to Eliajh Nacita (Unattached), 2:34; lost to Fredrick Andy Wagner (Unattached), 7-2.

157 pounds

Lucas Espericueta (2-2): dec. Joey Granaya (Unattached), 10-7; dec. Andrew Powers (Fresno Pacific), 12-5; lost to Jeff Baker (CS Bakersfield), 5-3; lost to Brad Muri (Boise State), 11-5.

165 pounds

Scott Loescher (1-2): pinned Sabal Cruz (Unattached), 3:53; lost to Daniel Atondo (CS Bakersfield), 7-2; lost to Nick Beuter (Boise State), 7-4.

174 pounds

Alex Muller (0-2): lost by tech. fall to Steve Gee (Cal Poly), 16-0; lost to Ryan Becerra (Unattached), 6-2.

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