Stanford Wrestlers Shine At University, FILA Junior Nationals
April 28, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Over the last month, a number Stanford's returning wrestlers have posted impressive finishes at the FILA Junior National Championships and the University National Championships.
Earlier this month, seven Stanford wrestlers competed at FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas and two - sophomore Austin Quarles and freshman Nick Amuchastegui - earned All-America honors. Quarles finished as the national runner-up at 50 kilograms after falling in the final in three close periods. Amuchastegui finished seventh at 74 kilograms and posted a number of key wins along the way, including one over local high school standout Jason Welch of Northwestern.
Freshmen Matt Sencenbaugh (55 kgs), Timmy Boone (66 kgs), Michael Kent (70 kgs), Kyler Hasson (79 kgs) and Spence Patrick (79 kgs) also represented the Stanford program. FILA Juniors is a national tournament for ages 17-20 and includes many of the nation's top high school wrestlers and underclassmen from the college level.
Last weekend, Stanford sent three wrestlers to University Nationals in Akron, Ohio, a national tournament for 18-24 year olds. Junior Zack Giesen was finished second at 84 kilograms to earn All-America status, posting a 5-1 record on the weekend and just missing his first national title with a close loss to Cornell's Mack Lewnes. During his road to the finals, Giesen topped 2009 NCAA All-American Quentin Wright of Penn State.
Sencenbaugh finished eighth with a 3-3 record at 55 kilograms and earned the first All-America award in his young career. Kent also competed and went 2-2 at 70 kilograms.