Stanford Faces Oregon State Sunday In Pac-10 Dual
The Cardinal will continue Pac-10 action against the Beavers at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
THIS WEEK: The Stanford wrestling team (7-6, 2-0 Pac-10) remains on the road as it travels to Corvallis, Ore., for a Pac-10 dual against Oregon State. The Cardinal and Beavers will square off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23 at Gill Coliseum.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: This Sunday?s dual at Oregon State will feature live stats and live video on osubeavers.com.
LONE STAR DUALS RECAP: Stanford posted a 3-1 record last weekend at the Lone Star Duals in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Cardinal defeated The Citadel (23-12), Brown (26-12) and Harvard (35-10), but fell short against Nebraska (19-17). Senior Zack Giesen, who remains undefeated on the season at 13-0, registered his 100th career victory against Harvard, pinning his opponent in a season-best 0:27 seconds. Additionally, junior Nick Amuchastegui (3-0), redshirt sophomore Timmy Boone (4-0), sophomore Ryan Mango (4-0) and freshman Dan Scherer (2-0) all went undefeated on the day.
UP NEXT: Stanford will continue Pac-10 competition as it travels to Boise State for a conference dual on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. MT. The Cardinal will then return to The Farm for a dual against San Francisco State on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: Oregon State enters this weekend with a 7-3-2 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in the Pac-10. The Beavers will host Cal Poly on Friday before taking on the Cardinal on Sunday. OSU boasts six wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in the InterMat polls, led by 174 pounder Colby Covington at No. 7. The senior is 11-1 overall and 5-0 in dual competition this season. Other ranked wrestlers for the Beavers include No. 11 Garrett Drucker (133 pounds), No. 11 Mike Mangrum (141 pounds), No. 12 Clayton Jack (285 pounds), No. 19 Chad Hanke (197 pounds) and No. 20 Scott Sakaguchi (149 pounds).
IN THE RANKINGS: Senior Zack Giesen, junior Nick Amuchastegui and sophomore Ryan Mango are listed among the top-10 in this week?s InterMat rankings. Amuchastegui and Mango are the highest ranked Cardinal wrestlers, coming in at No. 6 at 174 pounds and 125 pounds, respectively. Giesen moved up to No. 9 at 197 pounds after posting a 4-0 record last weekend at the Lone Star Duals. As a team, Stanford is ranked in the top-25 for the second consecutive season, landing at No. 25.
FOR THE RECORD: Senior Zack Giesen moved up to sixth all-time in career wins at Stanford as he registered his 100th victory last weekend. He needs just two wins to pass Scott Wiggen for fifth place and is just the sixth wrestler in Stanford history to reach the 100-win plateau. Junior Nick Amuchastegui tallied three victories last week, giving him 85 for his career and tying him with Jay Jackson for 10th-most all-time in program history. Senior Lucas Espericueta needs five wins to move into the top-10.
NWCA All-STAR CLASSIC: For the first time in program history, two Stanford wrestlers participated in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Junior Nick Amuchastegui won his featured bout, 4-0, against Illinois? Jordan Blanton at 174 pounds. Senior Zack Giesen was declared the winner of his exhibition bout over Cal Poly?s Ryan Smith at 197 pounds. Giesen built a 7-2 lead before Smith was forced to default in the final period due to injury.
TOP NOTCH RETURNERS: Stanford?s 17 returners are highlighted by five NCAA qualifiers, which is the most the Cardinal has ever had entering a season. Last year, Stanford sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb. - Nick Amuchastegui, Zack Giesen, Ryan Mango and Justin Paulsen. Amuchastegui placed fourth at 165 pounds to pick up his first career NCAA All-America honors. It also marked the highest finish by a Stanford wrestler since 2004.
FRESH FACES: Stanford has seven newcomers on its roster this year. Highlighting the rookies are three state champions in Oregon?s Luke Amuchastegui, Hawaii?s Galen McCleary and Missouri?s Dan Scherer. Additionally, the new faces on the Cardinal roster include Donovan Halpin (Petaluma, Calif.), Garrett Schaner (Big Rapids, Mich.), Matt Schneider (Atlanta, Ga.) and Alan Yen (Saratoga, Calif.).
HEAD COACH JASON BORRELLI: Stanford is under the guidance of third-year head coach Jason Borrelli. In his first two seasons on The Farm, Borrelli has accrued a 25-27-2 record and sent a total of six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. 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 successful seasons in school history