Stanford Wrestling Rounds Out 2009-10 Freshman Class
The seven Cardinal newcomers have combined for 12 state titles during their prep careers.
With the addition of two spring signees, the Stanford wrestling class of 2013 has been completed announced head coach Jason Borrelli. The seven-man class has combined for twelve state championships, five runner-up finishes, three third-place finishes and numerous high school All-America and national title honors. Additionally, three of the seven were deemed top-100 overall recruits.
In addition to the five wrestlers signed by Borrelli in the fall, Ryan Mango (St. Louis, MO/Whitfield School) and Bret Baumbach (Council Bluffs, IA/Lewis Central) will join the Stanford squad next year.
Mango is the top-ranked recruit in the nation at 119 pounds and was deemed the nation?s ninth-best recruit at all weights. A four-time Missouri state placer and three-time state champion, Mango posted a 169-14 record in high school. He went undefeated with 95-0 mark over his last two years and was recently named the Missouri Officials Association All-Class State Wrestler of the Year and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wrestler of the Year. Mango won the 2009 FILA Junior Greco-Roman National Championship and earned outstanding wrestler honors as well. He is the brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Spenser Mango.
Baumbach, an expected 141-pounder, is a four-time Iowa state placer and three-time state finalist. He took second place as a freshman, third as a sophomore, second as a junior and claimed his first high school national title earlier this year. He is the sixth-winningest wrestler in Iowa history with a 189-26 high school record, including 104 pins. Baumbach is ranked ninth nationally at 135 pounds and is one of the top-100 recruits in all weight classes. He is also a four-time Fargo Nationals All-American, a two-time conference champion and four-time district champion.
Mango and Baumbach join Stanford?s five signees who were announced in the fall ? Kyle Meyer (Monett, MO/Monett), Jordan Gray (Essex Junction, VT/Essex), Sam Umlauf (Wausau, WI/Wausau West), Richard Kessler (Whitewater, WI/Elkhorn Area) and Anthony Degani (Crystal Lake, IL/Crystal Lake Central).
Meyer, who will likely wrestle at 157/165 pounds for the Cardinal, recently won his fourth consecutive Missouri state title and completed his prep career with a 173-2 record. A three-time NHSCA High School All-American, he is currently ranked No. 11 nationally at 152 pounds.
Gray is a four-time Vermont state finalist and three-time state champion who will likely step in at 133 or 141 pounds next year.
Umlauf and Kessler are both state placers from Wisconsin. Umlauf finished third at 125 pounds in 2008 and claimed his first career state title as a senior earlier this year. A 2009 All-American, he set the Wisconsin all-time season win record as a junior (54) and led his team to a state title and two runner-up finishes. Kessler, a likely 197-pounder, was a two-time state finalist with a 128-30 career record in high school. In his prep career, he won two conference championships, two regional championships and the 2009 sectional title.
Degani, a likely 184-pounder, was an Illinois state qualifier at 189 pounds as a senior in 2009, claimed regional and conference championships in his final prep season and led his team to a third-place state finish.
?I am very excited to get all of these wrestlers in our room this fall,? said Borrelli. ?This class brings a tremendous amount of potential and a long list of high school success. Along with the return of all but one member of last year?s squad, this class should have everyone very excited for the future of Stanford wrestling.?