Stanford Posts Four Top-Three Finishes At Pac-10 Championships
March 2, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team wrapped up the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif. today, coming in seventh as a team with eight individual placewinners. Four Cardinal wrestlers secured top-three finishes and senior 197-pounder Luke Feist become the ninth four-time Pac-10 placer in school history.
Redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui was the highest finisher for the Cardinal, taking second place at 165 pounds. Amuchastegui was the first Cardinal freshman to advance to a Pac-10 title match since Zack Giesen did so as a rookie in 2007.
Three Cardinal wrestlers - Feist, Lucas Espericueta and Jake Johnson - took third place in their respective weight classes. Feist, a 197-pounder who wrestled at 174 pounds his first three seasons, took third for the second straight year and registered his fourth career top-five finish. The third-place finish was a career high for Johnson (184 pounds) and Espericueta (157 pounds).
In the second day of action, Sencenbaugh wrestled in the 125-pound seventh-place match, where he was defeated by Andre Gonzalez of Cal State Fullerton. Sencenbaugh finishes his rookie season eighth in the Pac-10 with an 11-25 record.
Madrigal also wrestled for seventh place in the afternoon session, and bested Arizona State's David Prado, 7-2. Madrigal earned his second consecutive seventh-place finish and completed his second year of collegiate wrestling with a 16-11 record.
Teitelman started off the day in the 141-pound consolation semifinals, where he was defeated by Cal State Fullerton's Adin Duenas, 8-4. Teitelman then took on Nexi Delgado of UC Davis in the fifth-place match, and lost a close decision, 6-4. Teitelman took sixth, placing at the Pac-10 Championships for the first time in his Stanford career, and concluded his redshirt sophomore season with a 15-19 record.
Parker was forced to withdraw from the tournament after suffering an injury in his Sunday night semifinal. Parker defaulted down to sixth place, the highest Pac-10 finish of his career, and wrapped up his injury-plagued junior season with a 4-3 record.
At 157 pounds, Espericueta (28-15) bested Arizona State's Te Edwards, 8-2, in the consolation semifinals, earning a spot in a third-place match for the second consecutive year. Espericueta then met Oregon State's Jon Brascetta, who he beat 5-0 to secure a career-high finish - third place. With Adam Hall's loss in the 157-pound title match, Espericueta's NCAA fate was put back in his hands, as the Cardinal sophomore was given a chance to wrestle for true second and a repeat trip to the NCAA Championships. Espericueta couldn't come up with an upset of the nation's sixth-ranked 157-pounder, however, and dropped a 4-1 decision in the true second place match.
At 165 pounds, Amuchastegui (28-6) wrestled Boise State's 18th-ranked Tyler Sherfey for the Pac-10 Championship, but was defeated in his first championship appearance, 4-1.
Johnson (31-15) advanced to the third-place match at 184 pounds by beating Oregon State's Brice Arand, 4-0, in the consolation semifinals. The win was the 30th of the season for Johnson, who becomes the first Cardinal wrestler to reach the milestone this year. Last season, only All-Americans Tanner Gardner and Josh Zupancic posted 30 or more wins.
Johnson moved on to the third-place match, where he defeated Jon Clark of UC Davis, 4-1. The third place finish was the best of the junior's career.
Feist (22-12) advanced to the third-place match with a default win over Cal State Fullerton's John Drake. With the forfeit, Feist tallied his 80th career victory and became the ninth Stanford wrestler all-time to finish his career with 80 or more wins.
In the third place match, Feist got a chance to avenge his opening round loss to UC Davis' Abe Otrambo and the fifth-year senior pulled through. Feist picked up a 6-1 decision over the Aggie wrestler and earned himself a chance to wrestle Brandon Halsey of Cal State Bakersfield for true second and a third straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
Feist fell short of an upset of the nation's seventh-ranked 197-pounder, however, and dropped a 12-6 decision.
The Cardinal now awaits the March 11 announcement of the 52 at-large NCAA qualifiers that will selected by the NCAA. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
March 1-2, 2009
Matt Sencenbaugh (1-3, 8th place): maj. dec. Kevin Martinez (Portland State), 12-3; lost by fall to No. 17 Brandon Zoeteway (CS Bakersfield), 5:45; lost to Brian Owen (Boise State), 5-3; lost to Andre Gonzalez (Cal State Fullerton), 7-3.
Porfirio Madrigal (1-2, 7th place): lost to No. 13 TJ Dillashaw (CS Fullerton), 4-2; lost to Thomas Kimbrell (CS Bakersfield), 5-3; dec. David Prado (Arizona State), 7-2.
Cameron Teitelman (2-3, 6th place): dec. David Christian (Cal Poly), 8-7; lost maj. dec. to Elijah Nacita (CS Bakersfield), 10-0; pinned Garrett Drucker (Oregon State), 5:53; lost to Adin Duenas (CS Fullerton), 8-4; lost to Nexi Delgado (UC Davis), 6-4.
Tyler Parker (1-1, 6th place): dec. Henry Kofa (Portland State), 4-0; lost to No. 16 Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State), 7-2; withdrew by medical forfeit.
Lucas Espericueta (3-2): dec. Joey Wilson (UC Davis), 11-4; lost maj. dec. to No. 12 Chase Pami (Cal Poly), 12-4; dec. Te Edwards (Arizona State), 8-2; dec. Jon Brascetta (Oregon State), 5-0; lost to No. 6 Adam Hall (Boise State), 4-1.
Nick Amuchastegui (2-1): dec. Bryan Cantrell (Portland State), 2-0; maj. dec. Kyle DeBerry (Arizona State), 12-4; lost to No. 18 Tyler Sherfey (Boise State), 4-1.
Victor Haug (0-2): lost maj. dec. to Todd Noel (CS Fullerton), 15-5; lost maj. dec. to No. 14 Kyle Bressler (Oregon State), 18-6.
Jake Johnson (2-1): dec. Jake Meredith (Arizona State), 6-3; lost to No. 4 Kirk Smith (Boise State), 2-1; dec. Brice Arand (Oregon State), 4-0.
Luke Feist (3-1): lost to Abe Otrambo (UC Davis), 5-2; dec. Jake Cranford (Arizona State), 4-1; win by default over John Drake (CS Fullerton); dec. Abe Otrambo (UC Davis), 6-1; lost to No. 7 Brandon Halsey (Cal State Bakersfield), 12-6.
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