Stanford Finishes 16th At 47th Annual Midlands Championships

Dec. 30, 2009

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EVANSTON, Ill. – Junior Zack Giesen placed eighth at 184 pounds as the Stanford wrestling team finished 16th with 28.5 points in the 47th annual Midlands Championships. The two-day 54-team tournament was held at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

Giesen was 4-3 at the two-day tournament to place for the third time this season. He began the tournament with a 6-2 decision over Northern Iowa’s Andy O’Loughlin. The junior then suffered a 5-3 setback to Jerome Ward of Iowa State before posting decisions against Oregon State’s Ty Vinson (8-2) and Jason McCroskey of Tennessee-Chattanooga (5-3). He tallied an 11-3 major decision over Boaz Beard of Iowa State, but lost to Iowa’s Grant Gambrall, 5-4.

Giesen now stands at 16-4 overall this season and 76-34 in his Stanford career.

True freshman Ryan Mango (125 pounds) and junior Justin Paulsen (133 pounds) both finished 3-2, while junior Lucas Espericueta (157 pounds) and senior Jake Johnson (174 pounds) both posted 2-2 records. Espericueta was the only Stanford wrestler to record a pin at the tournament, over Iowa’s Jake Kerr (2:15).

Iowa finished first with 168.5 points, placing nine wrestlers in the top-8, while Iowa State (144.5), Central Michigan (118.0), Missouri (103.0) and Wisconsin (90.5) rounded out the top-5.

Stanford returns to The Farm to host the Stanford Duals, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. The Cardinal will compete against Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. before wrestling in its first Pac-10 dual of the season versus Oregon State at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Stanford Results
Midlands Championships
Evanston, Ill.
December 30, 2009

125 pounds
Ryan Mango (3-2): lost to Matt McDonough (Iowa) 12-4; Demetrius Johnson (Tennessee-Chattanooga) forfeit; maj. dec. Samuel Fragoza (Cal Baptist) 16-6; dec. John McDonald (Lehigh) 10-4; lost to Eric Olanowski (Michigan State) 7-6.

133 pounds
Justin Paulsen (3-2): Naveed Bagheri (San Francisco State) forfeit; lost to Nick Fanthorpe (Iowa State) 14-3; tech fall Daryl Thomas (Illinois) 17-1; dec. tristen Deshazer (Northern Illinois) 6-5; forfeit (def.) Akif Eren (Purdue).

141 pounds
Bret Baumbach (0-2): lost to Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) Fall 3:02; lost to Kevin Bokoski (Luther College) 14-4.

157 pounds
Lucas Espericueta (2-2): dec. Conrad Polz (Illinois) 8-5; fall 2:15 Jake Kerr (Iowa); lost to Jake Patacsil (Boiler Elite) 16-0; lost to Derek St. John (Iowa) 9-6.

165 pounds
Nick Amuchastegui (1-2): dec. Adam Counterman (Pittsburgh) 4-0; lost to Tyler Grayson (Central Michigan) 3-1; lost to Josh Shields (Mercyhurst College) Fall 3:31.

174 pounds
Jake Johnson (2-2): lost to Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) 3-2; forfeit Mike Letts (Maryland); dec. Shamus O’Grady (St. Cloud) 4-2; lost to Luke Manuel (Purdue) 10-4.

Spence Patrick (0-2): lost to Shane Riccio (Bucknell) 8-0; lost to Sam Engelland (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) Fall 5:14.

184 pounds
Zack Giesen (4-3): dec. Andy O’Loughlin (Northern Iowa) 6-2; lost to Jerome Ward (Iowa State) 5-3; dec. Ty Vinson (Oregon State) 8-2; dec. Jason McCroskey (Tennessee-Chattanooga) 5-3; maj. dec. Boaz Beard (Iowa State) 11-3; lost to Grant Gambrall (Iowa) 5-4; lost to Jerome Ward (Iowa State) forfeit.

197 pounds
Richard Kessler (0-2): lost to Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) 8-3; lost to Lucas Munkelwitz (St. Cloud) 5-2.

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