Stanford Wrestling Picks Up Three Wins At Northwestern Duals

Nov. 14, 2009

EVANSTON, Ill. - Stanford wrestling opens the 2009-10 season with three wins at the Northwestern Duals, Saturday, at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill. The Cardinal edged Purdue, 19-16, in its first dual before dismantling host Northwestern, 27-6. Stanford concluded the day with a 22-9 win over Northern Iowa.

Three Cardinal wrestlers went undefeated as redshirt juniors Justin Paulsen and Zack Giesen and redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui all recorded 3-0 records. Five other Stanford wrestler's posted 2-1 records - senior Jake Johnson, junior Dylan Rush, redshirt freshman Mike Kent and true freshmen Bret Baumbach and Ryan Mango.

Stanford began the day winning six of the 10 bouts versus Purdue for the team's first win of the season. Stanford's heavyweight Rush picked up the Cardinal's first points with a 2-0 decision against Adam Walls. After Mango dropped an 11-5 decision to the Boilermakers' Matt Fields at 125 pounds, Stanford picked up three more wins as Paulsen (133) and Kent (149) tallied decisions and Baumbach earned a major decision against Purdue's Tommy Churchard at 141 pounds.

The Cardinal forfeited at 157 pounds, but Amuchastegui (165) added to the Stanford lead with a 6-4 decision over Jason Morton. Giesen collected the Cardinal's final points in the dual with a 12-6 decision against Nick Corpe at 184 pounds.

Against host Northwestern, the Cardinal came up victorious in all but two bouts versus the Wildcats. At heavyweight, Rush earned his second win of the day as he defeated Ben Kuhar with a 3-1 decision. At 125 pounds, Mango earned his first career dual win, edging the Wildcats' Levi Mele with a 10-9 decision. Paulsen recorded another win with a 7-4 decision over Eric Metzler at 133 pounds, while Baumbach earned the win by forfeit at 141 pounds.

Kent fell in a 13-6 decision to Northwestern's Andrew Nadhir, but his next four teammates, Lucas Espericueta (157), Amuchastegui (165), Johnson (174) and Giesen (184) all captured decisions to put the Wildcats away.

Stanford took on Northern Iowa in its final dual of the day. Rush fell in a 3-1 decision to Christian Brantley, but Mango evened the score with a 4-3 decision at 125 pounds over Caleb Flores. Paulsen continued his undefeated day with a 5-1 decision over Ryan Jauch at 133 pounds.

Baumbach (141) and Espericueta (157) both dropped 10-5 decisions to the Panthers, but the Cardinal bounced back as Kent (149), Amuchastegui (165) and Johnson (174) all posted solid wins for Stanford. Giesen registered a 10-2 major decision over Andy O'Loughlin to conclude the scoring for the Cardinal.

Up next, Stanford travels to Riverside, Calif., for a dual at Cal Baptist, Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The Cardinal will also participate in the Fullerton Open, Saturday, Nov. 21.

The following is a complete list of Stanford scores at the Northwestern Duals:

• Stanford 19, Purdue 16
HWT: Dylan Rush (STAN) dec. Adam Walls (PUR), 2-0 (STAN 3, PUR 0)
125: Matt Fields (PUR) dec. Ryan Mango (STAN), 11-5 (STAN 3, PUR 3)
133: Justin Paulsen (STAN) dec. Akif Eren (PUR), 11-5 (STAN 6, PUR 3)
141: Bret Baumbach (STAN) MD Tommy Churchard (PUR), 9-0 (STAN 10, PUR 3)
149: Mike Kent (STAN d) dec. Nick Bertucci (PUR), 5-0 (STAN 13, PUR 3)
157: Colton Salazaar (PUR) Forfeit (STAN 13, PUR 9)
165: Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) dec. Jason Morton (PUR), 6-4 (STAN 16, PUR 9)
174: Luke Manuel (PUR) dec. Jake Johnson (STAN), 9-4 (STAN 16, PUR 12)
184: Zack Giesen (STAN) dec. Nick Corpe (PUR), 12-6 (STAN 19, PUR 12)
197: Logan Brown (PUR) MD Richard Kessler (STAN), 10-1 (STAN 19, PUR 16)

• Stanford 27, Northwestern 6
HWT: Dylan Rush (STAN) dec. Ben Kuhar (NU), 3-1 (STAN 3, NU 0)
125: Ryan Mango (STAN) dec. Levi Mele (NU), 10-9 (STAN 6, NU 0)
133: Justin Paulsen (STAN) dec. Eric Metzler (NU), 7-4 (STAN 9, NU 0)
141: Bret Baumbach (STAN) Win by Forfeit (STAN 15, NU 0)
149: Andrew Nadhir (NU) dec. Mike Kent (STAN), 13-6 (STAN 15, NU 3)
157: Lucas Espericueta (STAN) dec. Dominic Marella (NU), 10-3 (STAN 18, NU 3)
165: Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) dec. Robert Kellogg (NU), 8-4 (STAN 21, NU 3)
174: Jake Johnson (STAN) dec. Frank Battaglia (NU), 7-0 (STAN 24, NU 3)
184: Zack Giesen (STAN) dec. Aaron Jones (NU), 7-3 (STAN 27, NU 3)
197: John Schoen (NU) dec. Richard Kessler (STAN), 8-3 (STAN 27, NU 6)

• Stanford 22, Northern Iowa 9
HWT: Christian Brantley (UNI) dec. Dylan Rush (STAN), 3-1 (UNI 3, STAN 0)
125: Ryan Mango (STAN) dec. Caleb Flores (UNI), 4-3 (STAN 3, UNI 3)
133: Justin Paulsen (STAN) dec. Ryan Jauch (UNI), 5-1 (STAN 6, UNI 3)
141: Trent Washington (UNI) dec. Bret Baumbach (STAN), 10-5 (STAN 6, UNI 6)
149: Mike Kent (STAN) dec. Jamal Lawrence (UNI), 14-8 (STAN 9, UNI 6)
157: Tyson Reiner (UNI) dec. Lucas Espericueta (STAN), 10-5 (STAN 9, UNI 9)
165: Nick Amuchastegui (STAN) dec. David Bonin (UNI), 5-1 (STAN 12, UNI 9)
174: Jake Johnson (STAN) dec. Soctt Hazen (UNI), 9-4 (STAN 15, UNI 9)
184: Zack Giesen (STAN) MD Andy O'Loughlin (UNI), 10-2 (STAN 19, UNI 9)
197: Dustin Bauman (UNI) dec. Richard Kessler (STAN), 3-1 (STAN 22, UNI 9)

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