Stanford Wrestling Announces 2008-09 Schedule

June 23, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling program has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2008-09 season. Led by returning NCAA qualifiers Lucas Espericueta, Luke Feist and Zack Giesen, Stanford will wrestle in 22 duals and compete in some of the nation's most competitive collegiate tournaments next year.

Stanford will begin its quest for the 2009 Pac-10 Championship with a challenging regular-season schedule that includes three fellow top-25 finishers. Stanford will face off against all eight Pac-10 opponents this season, helping the Cardinal prepare for the conference tournament, which will be held in Fullerton next March.

The Cardinal will jump right into its competitive schedule two weeks after its intrasquad meet, meeting a Pac-10 opponent on the first day of the season. Stanford will begin the year with wrestle-offs on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., setting the stage for the first competition against Navy and Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 8.

The Cardinal will then travel to Laramie, Wyo. to wrestle the host Cowboys in a dual on Nov. 14 and compete in the Cowboy Open the following day. Stanford will follow with a pair of dual meets at Cal State Fullerton and Cal Baptist before returning to The Farm for its home-opener on Nov. 23.

The Cardinal will begin the home season against the Northwestern Wildcats, a team that finished 13th nationally last year. On Nov. 26, the Cardinal will continue its home stretch with duals against Menlo College and San Francisco State.

Stanford will then hit the road for two competitive tournaments, the Oklahoma Open and the Reno Tournament of Champions, before heading to Arlington, Texas to wrestle Harvard, North Carolina and a team TBA at the Lone Star Duals on Jan. 3.

The Cardinal will kick off the heart of the dual season by hosting the Stanford Duals on Jan. 10, where the team will compete against Columbia, Drexel and UC Davis. After two duals in Colorado in mid-January, Stanford will host Oregon State, Princeton and Portland State on Jan. 30. The team concludes the regular season with three conference duals against Arizona State, Boise State and Cal Poly in early February.

For extra experience, individuals and redshirts may also attend the Menlo Open on Oct. 26, the Fullerton Open on Nov. 22, the Menlo Invitational on Jan. 4 and the California Collegiates on Jan. 31.

The Pac-10 Championships are scheduled to take place in Fullerton, Mar. 1-2. The NCAA Championships will be held Mar. 19-21 in St. Louis, Mo.

Stanford returns seven starters, six conference placers and three NCAA qualifiers from the 2007-08 team, which finished posted the highest Pac-10 finish in school history and claimed a top-20 national finish.