Wrestling Hosts Cal State Bakersfield For Senior Day; Travels To Arizona State
Stanford will honor its two seniors Friday as the team hosts its final home dual at 6 p.m.
THIS WEEK: The Cardinal (9-7-1) hosts its final home dual of the season on Friday, Feb. 12 versus Cal State Bakersfield at 6 p.m. The team will honor its two seniors, Jake Johnson and Tyler Parker, before the match. Stanford will then travel to Tempe, Ariz., to close out Pac-10 action at Arizona State, Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. MT.
ABOUT CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD: Cal State Bakersfield is 6-5 entering Friday?s dual. The Roadrunners are coached by T.J. Kerr, who is in his 26th season at CSBU. The team is led by a pair of ranked wrestlers. Senior heaveyweight Mitch Monteiro and 141-pounder Elijah Nacita are both ranked No. 12 in their respective weight classes.
ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are 8-7 overall this season. ASU is under the guidance of first-year head coach Shawn Charles. Leading the way for the Sun Devils is third-ranked Anthony Robles at 125 pounds, No. 13 Chris Drouin at 141 pounds and 18th-ranked senior heaveyweight Eric Nye. Robles has won 10 matches in a row and is 24-2 overall.
LAST TIME OUT: Stanford earned its first Pac-10 dual win of the season last week at UC Davis. The Cardinal defeated the Aggies 20-19 as freshman Richard Kessler registered a 9-1 major decision to seal the victory for Stanford. Another rookie, Ryan Mango, set the tone with a fall in 1:11 at 125 pounds. Nick Amuchastegui, Jake Johnson and Zack Giesen all picked up wins in the victory.
FOR THE RECORD: Junior Zack Giesen is now tied for ninth all-time in career wins in Stanford history. He currently totals 85 career wins and will continue to climb the list in the coming weeks. Senior Jake Johnson is also closing in on the list. With 81 career wins, the Prior Lake, Minn., native needs just four more to break into the top-10.
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 on Jan. 30. Amuchastegui is on a four-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 208 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. 20 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: The Cardinal will have two weeks to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships, Feb. 26-27 in Davis, Calif. Last season, Stanford posted four top-three finishes at the conference tournament, the most since 1986.