Stanford Wrestling Names 2008-09 Captains

Nov. 6, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling program has named its 2008-09 captains announced head coach Jason Borrelli today. Senior Luke Feist, junior Tyler Parker, junior Jake Johnson and sophomore Lucas Espericueta have been voted by their teammates to lead the Cardinal for the upcoming season.

Feist, Stanford's only senior, begins his second year as a captain. The two-time NCAA qualifier has started for the last three seasons, racked up 59 wins and placed among the top five at the Pac-10 Championships three times. Last season, he posted a career-best third-place finish at Pac-10s, earned an automatic return trip to the national championships in St. Louis and won his first career NCAA Championship match with a major decision in the opening round.

Parker, who is coming off a redshirt year, has spent two seasons as a Cardinal starter and wrestled at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. He has accumulated 20 wins over those two seasons and, as a fourth-year wrestler, he will provide valuable leadership in his first season as a captain.

Johnson, a returning starter for the Cardinal, posted a 25-14 record last season, went 14-3 in duals and was third on the team with 59 dual points. He also competed in the conference championships last March and just missed an NCAA berth with a sixth-place finish. One of two true juniors on the team, he will serve as a captain for the first time this year.

Espericueta, a returning NCAA qualifier, posted one of the program's all-time best rookie seasons last year, becoming the fourth-winningest freshman in school history with 25 wins and standing as one of the nation's leaders with 11 major decisions. The Shafter, Calif. native went on to place fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, and earned an at-large bid to his first NCAA Championships. He begins his first season as a captain this year.

Stanford kicks off the dual season on Saturday, meeting Navy and Cal State Bakersfield in Bakersfield beginning at 3 p.m.

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