Jan. 25, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team will have a change of venue for this Sunday's dual against Pac-12 foe Oregon State. The Cardinal and Beavers, both ranked No. 20 in the InterMat rankings, will face off in Maples Pavilion on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.
Sunday's dual has been tabbed the Big Live Dual by Flowrestling.com. The organization will be on-hand to stream the dual live here.
Stanford (8-5, 3-0 Pac-12) has won four of its last five duals heading into Sunday's competition, including wins over Boise State, Cal Poly, San Francisco State and Southern Oregon. On Sunday, the Cardinal will try to snap a seven-match losing streak to the Beavers. Stanford's lone win over OSU came during the 2005 season. The Cardinal also tied the Beavers in 2005.
Leading Stanford this season is two-time All-American and No. 1 ranked senior Nick Amuchastegui. The 174-pounder is 15-0 overall and 12-0 in duals for the Cardinal this year. He has defeated three top-10 opponents this season, including an 8-0 major decision over foruth-ranked Ryan DesRoches of Cal Poly and a 3-0 decision against fifth-ranked Dorian Henderson of Missouri. In his most recent outing, Amuchastegui registered a 14-0 major decision over Southern Oregon's Brock Gutches. It marked the 109th career win for the senior, which ranks fifth on Stanford's career wins list.
Junior All-American Ryan Mango, ranked No. 8 nationally at 133 pounds, has also been a tough match-up for oppoenets this season. The St. Louis, Mo., native leads the team with a 22-5 overall record and a 13-0 mark in duals. He also paces the squad with five falls on the year and a 55 dual points. All but one of his losses have come at the hands of a ranked opponent this season.
Three other Cardinal wrestlers are currently on multiple-match winning streaks. Junior Spence Patrick
(184 pounds) and sophomore Dan Scherer
(heavyweight) have both won five straight matches, while redshirt sophomore Bret Baumbach
(165 pounds) has won four in a row and sophomore Garrett Schaner
(157 pounds) has won three straight.
Oregon State (7-2, 4-0 Pac-12) is coming off a pair of wins last week. The Beavers posted a 35-9 victory over Northern Colorado on Jan. 20 and a 20-13 win over North Dakota State in Corvallis, Ore. With two duals this week and the National Duals still on the slate, the Beavers are looking to register its 14th-straight season with 10 or more duals wins.
The Beavers currently boast five wrestlers ranked in the top-20 in the nation by InterMat.com. Leading OSU is junior Mike Mangrum at 141 pounds. Ranked No. 4 in the nation, Mangrum is 28-2 overall, 8-1 in duals and on a 10-match winning streak. Senior heavyweight Clayton Jack is fifth nationally and holds a 28-1 overall record and is 9-0 in duals. Also ranked for the Beavers are 149-pounder Scott Sakaguchi (No. 18), 157-pounder RJ Pena (No. 17) and 197-pounder Taylor Meeks (No. 17).
Up next for the Cardinal is the final home dual of the season on Friday, Feb. 3 against Utah Valley at 6:30 p.m. Stanford will also compete in the California Collegiate Open in San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Cardinal's final dual of the year is Sunday, Feb. 5 at Arizona State at 2 p.m. MT.
Sunday's Probable Match-Ups:
125: Pat Rollins (O) vs. Matt Sencenbaugh (S)
133: Garrett Drucker (O) vs. #8 Ryan Mango (S)
141: #4 Mike Mangrum (O) vs. Alex Manley (S)
149: #18 Scott Sakaguchi (O) vs. Timmy Boone (S)
157: #17 RJ Pena (O) vs. Garrett Schaner (S)
165: Joe Latham (O) vs. Bret Baumbach (S)
174: Cody Weishoff (O) vs. #1 Nick Amuchastegui (S)
184: Ty Vinson (O) vs. Spence Patrick (S)
197: #17 Taylor Meeks (O) vs. Alan Yen (S)
HWT: #5 Clayton Jack (O) vs. Dan Scherer (S)