Zack Giesen To Attend World Team Trials

May 29, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford junior Zack Giesen has earned a spot in the 2009 World Team Trials and will compete this Sunday, May 31 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Giesen qualified for the trials with a second place finish at University Nationals in Akron, Ohio this past April. He posted a 5-1 record on the weekend and just missed his first national title with a close loss to Cornell's Mack Lewnes. During his road to the final, Giesen topped 2009 NCAA All-American Quentin Wright of Penn State.

In Iowa this weekend, Giesen will compete in a 15-man bracket at 84 kgs with some of the nation's best wrestlers. The list of qualifiers for the 2009 event is below:

U.S. Nationals Champion - Jake Herbert, Wexford, Pa. (New York AC)
U.S. Nationals, second place - Eric Luedke, Iowa City, Iowa (Gator WC)
U.S. Nationals, third place - Bryce Hasseman, Iowa City, Iowa (New York AC)
U.S. Nationals, fourth place - David Bertolino, Norman, Okla. (Underdog WC)
U.S. Nationals, fifth place - Tom Meester, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Sunkist Kids)
U.S. Nationals, sixth place - Brandon Sinnott, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Gator WC)
U.S. Nationals, seventh place - Travis Pascoe, Corvallis, Ore. (Sunkist Kids)
Northeast Regional Trials Champion - Carl Fronhofer, Hoboken, N.J. (Sunkist Lions)
Northern Plains Trials Champion - To be determined
Past U.S. World Team member - Mo Lawal, Temecula, Calif. (Gator WC)
Past U.S. Olympic Team member - Andy Hrovat, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
University Nationals Champion - Mack Lewnes, Annapolis, Md. (Cornell)
University Nationals Runner-up - Zack Giesen, Grants Pass, Ore. (DSWC-Stanford)
08 Hargobind Open (CAN) champion - B.J. Padden, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
08 Deglane Challenge (FRA) bronze medalist - James Yonushonis, College Park, Md. (New York AC)

Stanford assistant coach Matt Gentry will also be competing this weekend, as the 2008 Olympian is scheduled to wrestle in the Sassari International Open in Sardinia, Italy on Saturday. This summer, Gentry is also slated to compete in Macedonia on June 6 and wrestle for a chance to represent Canada in the 2009 World Championships in July. For more information, visit his blog at

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