Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford head coach Kerry McCoy, who helped sophomore Tanner Gardner to All-America honors this past year, announced the Cardinal's 2006-07 schedule today. McCoy will begin his second season on The Farm next fall as he prepares the 2006-07 Cardinal squad for one of the most challenging schedules in program history.
Stanford ended the 2005-06 season with a 8-7 record in dual matches and a seventh-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Next season, the Cardinal will wrestle in 18 duals and will travel to the most competitive tournaments in the country as Stanford prepares to vie for the conference title and earn multiple bids to the NCAA Championships.
Stanford will begin its quest for the 2007 Pac-10 Championship with a challenging regular season schedule that includes four teams who finished last season ranked in the top-25. Stanford will face off against all nine Pac-10 opponents this season, helping the Cardinal prepare for the conference tournament, which will be held in Bakersfield next March.
The Cardinal will jump right into its competitive schedule just one week after the intrasquad meet. Stanford will begin the season with wrestle-offs on Sat., Oct. 28 at noon, setting the stage for the first competition at the Avalon Duals in Edinboro, Pa., on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Cardinal is slated to take on Mercyhurst, Maryland and Edinboro - who ended the 2006 campaign with a No. 16 ranking.
The Cardinal will then travel to Fargo, N.D. on Nov. 11 for the Bison Open before returning to the West for its first Pac-10 competition at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17, followed by the Cal Open on Sat., Nov. 18. The next weekend, Stanford will head to Fresno for the first-ever California Dual Meet Championship, where the lineup is yet to be determined.
In December, Stanford will return to the Las Vegas Invitational and the Reno Tournament of Champions before making its first trip to Greensboro, N.C. for the Southern Scuffle on Dec. 29-30.
The Cardinal will kick off the new year and the beginning of the dual season by hosting the Stanford Duals on Jan. 5, with where they will compete against Columbia, Lehigh and UC Davis. Stanford will then host San Francisco State and Fresno State on consecutive weekends before diving into the conference season, where the Cardinal will take on Cal State Bakersfield, Oregon, Cal Poly, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, and Portland State.
For extra experience, individuals and redshirts may also attend the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 4, the Central Missouri State Open or the Cowboy Open on Nov. 12, Midlands at the end of December and the Central Missouri Denker Open on Jan. 20.
On Feb. 24-25, the Cardinal will compete at the Pac-10 Championships in Bakersfield before closing out the season at the NCAA Championships on March 15-17 in Detroit, Mich.