Jan. 26, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford (5-3, 2-0 Pac-10) will take its conference success on the road this weekend as the Cardinal readies for a Friday night dual against UC Davis (3-6, 1-2 Pac-10).
"UC Davis is one of the top teams in our conference," notes head coach Kerry McCoy. "They have a bunch of guys ranked in the Pac-10 and two who are nationally ranked. That said, our focus does not change. We want to go out and wrestle hard and keep preparing for our ultimate goals at the end of the season. This is just another step."
Stanford opened conference competition last week with back-to-back wins against Cal State Bakersfield and Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal defeated the Roadrunners 27-14 on Friday and added a 26-11 victory over the Titans on Monday.
Senior Ray Blake, ranked fourth in the Pac-10, leads the way for the Cardinal with 32 wins and will challenge Davis's Frank Richmond on Friday. Richmond is ranked third in the conference and posted a 5-1 decision over Blake in December in the third-place match at the Reno Tournament of Champions.
Another rematch could occur at heavyweight, where Jared Boyer is slated to meet Broc Maffia or Evan Hendrix. Boyer and Maffia faced off at the Reno Tournament, with Boyer scoring a 5-3 victory.
Sophomore Scott Loescher is also looking to keep his recent momentum going with two-straight Pac-10 wins. He will face Jon Clark, a sophomore with an 8-8 overall record and 1-3 mark in dual action.
The Aggies have one conference win in three matches this season, scoring a 25-9 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 18, but losing to Arizona State, 25-18, and Cal State Bakersfield, 20-19. Davis is tabbed fourth in the conference, with seven Aggies' wrestlers ranked in the Pac-10 and a pair of top-10 wrestlers.
The Aggies will host the Cardinal in the UC Davis Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
Probable Matchups: Stanford (5-3, 2-0 Pac-10) at UC Davis (3-6, 1-2 Pac-10)
125 - #9 Tanner Gardner vs. Marcos Orozco
133 - Eric Minnick vs. Omar Gaitan
141 - Juston Johnson vs. #7 Derek Moore
149 - Josh Zupancic vs. Jesse Padilla
157 - Scott Loescher vs. Jon Clark
165 - Ray Blake vs. Frank Richmond
174 - Luke Feist vs. #9 Ken Cook
184 - Ryan Hagen vs. Tyler Bernacchi
197 - Ian Bork vs. Eliot Kelly
HWT - Jared Boyer vs. Broc Maffia or Evan Hendrix