March 19, 2013
THIS WEEK: Three Stanford wrestlers - juniors Bret Baumbach (165 pounds) and Dan Scherer (285 pounds) and redshirt freshman Evan Silver (125 pounds) - will cap off the season at the 2013 NCAA Championships, held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, March 21-23.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: The Cardinal trio will be competing with 32 other wrestlers from around the nation for the individual national title in their respective weight classes. The top-eight finishers in each weight class will be named 2013 All-Americans.
FOLLOW THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fans can view the first and second rounds live on ESPN3.com begining at 9 a.m. (PT) on Thursday, March 21. ESPNU and ESPN will combine for expanded live coverage of the championships on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. The coverage begins with the quarterfinals on Friday at 8:30 a.m. (PT) on ESPNU and continues through the championship finals on Saturday on ESPN.
HOW THEY GOT THERE: Both Bret Baumbach and Dan Scherer were automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Championships. Baumbach captured his first Pac-12 Conference title at 165 pounds on March 2, while Scherer finished fourth at 285 pounds. Evan Silver received an at-large berth to the tournament after finishing as the runner-up at the conference tournament. He was the only Pac-12 wrestler to garner an at-large berth to the championships.
With two-time All-American Ryan Mango
redshirting his senior season, the Cardinal will have some new faces at this year's tournament. Bret Baumbach
, Dan Scherer
and Evan Silver
are all making their first NCAA postseason appearances this season.
STANFORD AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford's highest team finish at the NCAA Championships came in 2010-11 when the Cardinal placed 11th. Former Cardinal Matt Gentry is Stanford's lone individual title winner, capturing the 157-pound crown in 2004. In 2010-11, Nick Amuchastegui joined Gentry as the only NCAA finalists in program history. Amuchastegui went on to become just the second three-time All-American at Stanford and reached the finals for a second time in 2011-12.
2012 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford has sent a program-high five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships three times. Last year, Nick Amuchastegui and Ryan Mango represented the Cardinal in St. Louis, Mo. Amuchastegui became the first Stanford wrestler to reach the NCAA finals on multiple occasions (2011 & 2012), finishing as the runner-up both times. His second-place finishes were the highest by a Cardinal wrestler since Matt Gentry won the program's only NCAA title.He joined Tanner Gardner (`08) as the only three-time All-Americans in program history. Mango placed fifth at 125 pounds to become the fifth Cardinal to recieve multiple All-America honors (2011 & 2012). Overall, the pair placed 16th as a team, marking the third-best finish in school history.
REGULAR SEASON RECAP: The Cardinal finished the regular season with an 6-16 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. Juniors Bret Baumbach (20-10) and Dan Scherer (19-10) and redshirt freshman Evan Silver (24-12) combined for 67 wins to lead the Cardinal.
FOR THE RECORD: Redshirt Freshman Evan Silver has racked up 25 wins so far this season. That mark ties for the fifth-most wins by a rookie in school history with Lucas Espericueta (2007-08) and Ryan Mango (2009-10).
NCAA TOP-10: Three-time Stanford All-American Nick Amuchastegui has been announced as one of 10 student-athletes who was honored in January as Today's Top 10 Award winners by the NCAA. The award recognizes student-athletes, who completed their athletic eligibility during the 2011-12 academic year, for their success during competition, in the classroom and within the community. Award recipients were recognized at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 18, 2013, during the NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas. A mechanical engineering major with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, Amuchastegui completed his career as the only wrestler in school history to reach the NCAA finals twice. He ranks fourth in all-time wins at Stanford with 118, was named the 2011-12 Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year and captured two Pac-12 championships during his career. He was also a three-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, including a two-time Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year.
HEAD COACH Jason Borrelli: Stanford is under the guidance of a fifth-year head coach Jason Borrelli. During his time on The Farm, Borrelli has accrued a 42-53-3 record and sent eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championships a total of 15 times. 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. Since then, Stanford has finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships the past two seasons, including a program-best 11th at the 2011 tournament in Philadelphia, Pa. Borrelli has played a role in three of the top-5 highest NCAA Finishes in program history.