Stanford Wrestling Competes In Pre-Thanksgiving Duals In San Francisco

Nov. 24, 2009

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THIS WEEK: Stanford will close out the month of November in the Bay Area as it is set to battle Menlo College and San Francisco State in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Cardinal will face the Oaks at 5 p.m. before taking on the Gators at 7 p.m.

ABOUT MENLO COLLEGE: Menlo College is under the guidance of first-year coach Joey Martinez, who had served the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Oaks. Menlo came into the season ranked 16th in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll and are currently 1-0 on the year. The Oaks are led by sophomore Christian Martinez, a transfer from Cal State Bakersfield, and senior Josh Emmett. Martinez is ranked No. 4 in the NAIA individual rankings at 141 pounds, while Emmit comes in at No. 7 at 157 pounds.

ABOUT SAN FRACISCO STATE: San Francisco State will be competing in its first dual of the season as it hosts Stanford on Wednesday. The Gators’ senior Ben Lockett (141 pounds) and sophomore Naveed Bagheri (133 pounds) were both selected to the Preseason Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team. Other standouts for SFSU are a pair of seniors who placed at last weekend’s Fullerton Open. Vince Bordi won the 197-pound title, while heaveyweight Steve Franklin placed third.

NWCA All-STAR CLASSIC: Redshirt junior Zack Giesen defeated Enock Francois of Cal Baptist University in a featured bout in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 at the 44th Annual NWCA All-Star Classic, held at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif. on Nov. 22.

LAST WEEK: Stanford was edged in a dual at Cal Baptist, 18-17. The Cardinal and Lancers split the head-to-head bouts 5-5, but Stanford came up just short in the points column. Freshman Richard Kessler and redshirt junior Justin Paulsen each earned major decisions in the loss.

UP NEXT: The team will enjoy a short break for finals before returning to action for its home opener against Wyoming on Friday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The Cardinal will also compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions that weekend in Reno, Nev., Sunday, Dec. 20.

TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford’s 17 returners are highlighted by a trio of NCAA qualifiers. Redshirt juniors Lucas Espericueta and Zack Giesen and redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui. All three are Pac-10 placewinners and in the top-5 on Stanford’s freshman wins list. They have combined to post 162 wins thus far and are all on pace to finish their time at Stanford in the top-10 in careeer wins.

IN THE RANKINGS: Stanford makes its first appearance of the year in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, coming in tied for 25th with Michigan State. Individually, redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui and redshirt junior Zack Giesen are listed among the top-20 in the InterMat rankings. Amuchastegui comes in at No. 19 in the 165 pound weight class, while Giesen holds the No. 13 slot at 184 pounds.

GETTING TO KNOW...: Two Cardinal wrestlers have been featured on the’s Q&A feature “7 Minutes With...”. To read what junior heaveyweight Dylan Rush or redshirt junior Zack Giesen had to say, visit and search for “Dylan Rush” or “Zack Giesen”.

FRESH FACES: Stanford has nine newcomers on its roster this year. Highlighting the rookies are six state champions in Hawaii’s Dylan Rush, Iowa’s Bret Baumbach, Missouri’s Ryan Mango and Kyle Meyer, Vermont’s Jordan Gray and Wisconsin’s Sam Umlauf. Additionally, the new faces on the Cardinal roster include Anthony Degani (Crystal Lake, Ill.), Richard Kessler (Elkhorn, Wis.) and Tek Li (San Francisco, Calif.).

HEAD COACH Jason Borrelli: Stanford is under the guidance of a second-year head coach Jason Borrelli. In his first season at the helm of the program, the Cardinal earned eight dual wins, had four top-three Pac-10 placers for the first time in more than two decades and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. Borrelli, a former Central Michigan standout, first came to The Farm as an assistant coach in 2007 and quickly helped guide the Cardinal to one of its most successfull seasons in school history.

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