Nov. 16, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford head coach Jason Borrelli and his staff have signed eight promising high school seniors to wrestle for the Cardinal next year.
The class of 2016, which was announced by Borrelli today, includes Colton Dempsey (Greenwich, Conn.), Peter Galli (Lutherville, Md.), Matt Garelli (Elmhurst, Ill.), Max Hvolbek (West Hills, Calif.), Josh Marchok (Schaumburg, Ill.), Zach Nevills (Clovis, Calif.), Peter Russo (Sherwood, Ore.) and Jim Wilson (Lodi, Calif.). Combined, the group has won six state championships, three national titles and collected 15 All-America honors.
"I am very excited about our incoming class as they bring in a plethora of accolades on both the state and national levels," said Borrelli. "It is arguably the most accomplished class that we have brought to The Farm. We have very high expectations for all of them. Each one will play a vital role in taking our program to the top of the collegiate wrestling ranks. We expect to see many of them push for starting spots and All-American honors as true-freshmen next fall."
Dempsey, out of Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, finished fifth at the National Prep Championships in 2010-11. The son of former Cardinal wrestler Burke Dempsey ('84), he is a two-time New England Prep Champion who is projected to compete at 149 pounds next season.
Galli is the No. 13 ranked senior at 152 pounds out of St. Paul's School in Maryland. He is a National Prep and Preseason National runner-up. He finished fourth and fifth at National Preps as a freshman and sophomore. He will add depth to the Cardinal roster at 157 or 165 pounds next fall.
A standout at Fenwick High School, Garelli is the No. 3 ranked senior at 113 pounds. He is the 2010-11 Illinois state champion and a two-time freestyle national champion. He will push for time at 125 or 133 pounds in the Cardinal lineup.
Hvolbek is ranked No. 14 overall at 126 pounds and is a National Prep runner-up out of Blair Academy in New Jersey. He is also a NHSCA All-American and a two-time national freestyle All-American. He is projected to compete at 133 or 141 pounds for the Cardinal.
Ranked No. 1 overall at 220 pounds, Marchok is the No. 53 overall recruit in the nation out of Schaumburg High School. He is a 2010-11 Illinois state champion after finishing third as a sophomore. He also holds five freestyle and two Greco-roman All-America honors. Marchok will compete for the starting heavyweight spot in the Cardinal lineup next fall.
Nevills is a standout at Clovis High School and the No. 6 ranked senior at 170 pounds. He is the No. 62 ranked recruit overall and finished fifth, second and third at the California state tournament. He will add depth to the upper weights for the Cardinal in 2012-13.
Russo is the 2010-11 Oregon state champion and a standout at Newberg High School. He is ranked No. 25 at 132 pounds and is projected to compete at 133 or 141 pounds for the Cardinal.
Wilson is ranked eighth at 160 pounds out of Ronald McNair High School. E finished fourth as a sophomore and junior at the California state championships. He is also a NHSCA national champion and a national freestyle All-American. He will likely wrestle at 165 pounds for Stanford.