Cardinal Wrestling Travels To UC Davis Saturday

Feb. 5, 2010

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THIS WEEK: Stanford (8-7-1) continues Pac-10 competition this 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.

ABOUT UC DAVIS: UC Davis is 2-9 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 duals heading into this weekend. The Aggies will host San Francisco on Friday before taking on the Cardinal for senior day on Saturday. UC Davis is under the guidance of ninth-year head coach Lennie Zalesky. The Aggies are led by a trio of juniors that are all listed at No. 15 in the top-20 of the InterMat Rankings. At 149 pounds, Barrett Abel paces the squad with a 16-6 overall record. He has recorded four falls, three major decisions and three technical falls on the year. Heaveyweight Ricky Alcala is 15-5 overall and 6-2 in dual matches, while Brandon Low is 3-1 on the season at 133 pounds.

LAST TIME OUT: Stanford fell 29-15 in a hard fought dual against then eighth-ranked Boise State on Jan. 29 before tying Cal State Fullerton, 20-20, on Jan. 31. Against the Titans, 125-pound freshman Ryan Mango used an 8-5 come-from-behind victory to upend No. 19 Andre Gonzalez. Another big win by a rookie was Richard Kessler’s 5-4 decision over Ethan Weisrock at 197 pounds. Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui paced the team with a fall in 2:59 at 165 pounds.

FOR THE RECORD: Junior Zack Giesen is now 10th all-time in career wins in Stanford history. He currently totals 84 career wins and will continue to climb the list in the coming weeks. He needs just to wins to move into ninth place.

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, Spence Patrick has won five in a row, competing at the California Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Amuchastegui is on a three-match win streak.

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 206 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. 13 at 184 pounds and Lucas Espericueta is No. 19 in the InterMat rankings. Giesen is also No. 13 by D1CW Rankings, while Espericueta is listed at No. 19. Freshman Ryan Mango is No. 23 at 125 pounds and sophomore Nick Amuchastegui comes in at No. 18 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 closes out the Pac-10 season with a home dual, Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. versus Cal State Bakersfield. The Cardinal will honor its two seniors, Jake Johnson and Tyler Parker, for their time on The Farm. Stanford will then travel to Arizona State for a Valentine’s Day date with the Sun Devils at 2 p.m. MT.

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