The Stanford wrestling team placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, Ore. The fourth-place finish is the Cardinal’s second-highest in the last 25 years in a sport where Stanford has never won a conference or national title.
Senior Zack Giesen led the way for Stanford as the only Cardinal wrestler to win his weight class. Giesen took home the Pac-10 title in the 197-pound weight class after winning all three of his matches by decision, including two by a point each.
Junior Nick Amuchastegui, senior Justin Paulsen and sophomore Ryan Mango will join Giesen at the NCAA Championships March 17-19 in Philadelphia, Penn., by virtue of their automatic qualifications. Amuchastegui finished second at 174 pounds after winning the 165-pound weight class last year. Paulsen finished third at 133 pounds, winning three matches by major decision and losing once. Mango finished fourth at 125 pounds, losing in the second round after winning by technical fall in the first round.
In addition to Mango, redshirt sophomore Timmy Boone, redshirt freshman Kyle Meyer and senior Lucas Espericueta finished fourth in their respective weight classes. Redshirt freshman Jordan Gray finished fifth at 141 pounds, and freshman Dan Scherer finished fifth at 184 pounds, while senior Dylan Rush finished sixth in the heavyweight class.
Overall, Stanford finished with 110 points, well behind Boise State’s winning total of 147. The Broncos had four individual winners, while second-place Oregon State and third-place Arizona State each had two.
The remaining 48 spots at the NCAA Championships will go to at-large qualifiers, whose names will be announced March 9.