Two Pac-10 Duals On Tap For Stanford Wrestling This Weekend

Jan. 27, 2010

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THIS WEEK: The Cardinal return to The Farm as it hosts No. 8 Boise State and Cal State Fullerton for two more Pac-10 contests. Stanford will take on the Broncos, Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and the Titans, Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. Both duals will be held in the Ford Center.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: Boise State enters Friday’s dual with an 11-2 record (4-0 Pac-10) and is tied for No. 8 nationally with Oklahoma in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches’ Poll. The Broncos are coached by Greg Randall, who has led BSU to six top-3 finishes in the Pac-10, including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. Boises State boasts six wrestlers ranked in the top-20 nationally, including five in the top-10. Junior Kirk Smith (17-0) is No. 1 at 184 pounds, junior 157-pounder Adam Hall (20-2) is listed at No. 2 and junior Andrew Hochstrasser (8-0) is No. 3 at 133 pounds.

ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON: The Titans are 2-5 (0-4 Pac-10) heading into this week’s action. Cal State Fullerton head coach Dan Hicks is in his eighth season at the helm of the program. The Titans are led by a pair of ranked wrestlers. Senior heaveyweight Kurt Klimek (20-5) is ranked No. 16 nationally, while junior Andre Gonzalez (18-6) is listed at No. 20 at 125 pounds.

LAST TIME OUT: Stanford dropped its dual at Cal Poly last Friday, 28-11. Freshman Ryan Mango (125), sophomore Nick Amuchastegui (165) and junior Zack Giesen (184) all picked up wins for the Cardinal. Both Mango and Amuchastegui posted decisions, while Giesen tallied an 18-3 technical fall.

FOR THE RECORD: Junior Zack Giesen is now tied for 10th all-time in career wins in Stanford history. He currently boasts 83 career wins and will continue to climb the list in the coming weeks.

WIN STREAKS: Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui boasts the longest win streak for the Cardinal this season. He won 13 matches in a row before falling to Jarrod King of Edinboro at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Junior Lucas Espericueta also strung together an impressive winning streak this year, tallying 11 consecutive victories between Nov. 21 and Dec. 20. Currently, Zack Giesen has won seven in a row and will look to extend his streak this weekend.

TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford’s 17 returners are highlighted by a trio of NCAA qualifiers. 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 203 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 made its first appearance of the year in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll, tying for 25th with Michigan State, in November. Individually, junior Zack Giesen is listed at No. 12 at 184 pounds and Lucas Espericueta is No. 20 in the InterMat rankings. Giesen is also No. 12 by D1CW Rankings, while Espericueta is listed at No. 19. Freshman Ryan Mango is No. 25 at 125 pounds and sophomore Nick Amuchastegui comes in at No. 20 in the 165 pound weight class for D1CW.

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.

UP NEXT: Stanford continues Pac-10 competition next week as it travels to UC Davis for a dual, Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. The Aggies are also the host of the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, Feb. 26-27.

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