Brackets Announced For 2009 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships
Feb. 28, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - The brackets for the 2009 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships that begin tomorrow have been released.
Three Stanford wrestlers - Matt Sencenbaugh, Cameron Teitelman and Victor Haug - have drawn pigtail matches and will begin competition at 11:30 a.m. The remaining six team members will start with the championship first round at 12:30 p.m.
At 125 pounds, Sencenbaugh was awarded the No. 6 seed and will wrestle Portland State's Kevin Martinez, an opponent he beat by technical fall on Jan. 30, in a pigtail. The winner will face No. 3 Brandon Zoeteway of Cal State Bakersfield in the championship first round.
At 133 pounds, Porfirio Madrigal earned the No. 7 seed and will open the tournament against Cal State Fullerton's No. 2 TJ Dillashaw, an opponent he has met four times previously.
Teitelman, the seventh seed in the 141-pound bracket, will wrestle Cal Poly's David Christian in a pigtail for the right to meet No. 2 Elijah Nacita (CS Bakersfield) in the championship first round.
Wrestling in his second Pac-10 Championship, junior Tyler Parker has earned the No. 5 seed and will look to avenge a Jan. 30 loss to No. 4 Henry Kofa of Portland State in the championship first round.
Lucas Espericueta, one of two 2008 NCAA qualifiers wrestling for Stanford, is the 157-pound bracket's No. 3 seed and will open against No. 6 Joey Wilson of UC Davis. Espericueta has topped Wilson twice by decision so far this year.
At 165 pounds, redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui earned Stanford's highest seed (No. 2) and will wrestle No. 7 Bryan Cantrell of Portland State in the first round. Amuchastegui pinned Cantrell at Stanford on Jan. 30.
Haug has drawn a pigtail against No. 4 Todd Noel of Cal State Fullerton in the 174-pound bracket. The winner will face No. 5 Ryan Sanderegger of Portland State.
Junior Jake Johnson nabbed the No. 4 seed at 184 pounds. He is slated to face No. 5 Jake Meredith of Arizona State to start the tournament, an opponent he beat by decision on Feb. 6.
On a quest to become Stanford's ninth four-time Pac-10 placer, senior and sixth-seeded Luke Feist begins his final conference tournament against the winner of a pigtail between Keena Washington (Portland State) and No. 3 Abe Otrambo (UC Davis).
This year, a new system for NCAA qualification has been established. The Pac-10 has been allocated 20 automatic qualifiers. All 10 conference champions will be awarded bids, as well as the runners-up at 125 pounds, 133, 141, 149, 157, 197 and heavyweight. Third place finishers at 125, 133 and 141 pounds will also earn berths.
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select 52 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 11.