Wrestling heads to Palo Alto for Saturday's Stanford Duals

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Freshman 184-pounder Abel Gomez
Freshman 184-pounder Abel Gomez

Nov. 29, 2013

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OREM, Utah - The Utah Valley University wrestling team will head to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend to continue dual action at the Stanford Duals on Saturday. UVU will face a challenging slate of competition, as it will take on No. 10 Nebraska, No. 18 Stanford and Bakersfield of the Pac-12 conference.

The Wolverines will begin the dual meet tournament against the Cornhuskers at noon. UVU will then take on the Roadrunners at 1:45 p.m. before closing the day against the host Cardinal at 3:30 p.m. (all times listed in MT).

No live scoring or video will be available on Saturday so please visit WolverineGreen.com for results later in the day.

Utah Valley will enter the dual meet tournament with a 1-3 record on the season. UVU last wrestled on Nov. 16 and went 1-2 at the Eastern Michigan Duals. The Wolverines defeated Gardner-Webb, 29-12, but fell to both Michigan State (21-18) and Ohio (26-13). UVU's other loss came the previous night at the then No. 24 Central Michigan Chippewas as the Wolverines fell to CMU, 27-9.

Sophomore 125-pounder Jade Rauser, who is currently ranked 13th in the nation, and senior 141-pounder Avery Garner are leading the Wolverines with identical 3-1 records. Sophomore 157-pounder Chase Cuthbertson as well as juniors Adam Fager (heavyweight) and Ethan Smith (184 pounds) are next as they are all 2-2.

With two pins on the season, Fager leads UVU in that category, while Rauser and redshirt freshman Bracken Nipko (125/133) are tops on the team in major decisions with two.

About Nebraska
Nebraska will enter Saturday with a perfect 2-0 overall record and a 1-0 clip in Big Ten action. The 10th-ranked Huskers began their dual slate with a 25-16 win over Big Ten foe Northwestern before beating fellow Western Wrestling Conference member South Dakota State, 36-6, last Sunday.

The Cornhuskers have five wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat rankings and 157-pounder James Green (5-0) and 174-pounder Robert Kokesh (7-0) lead the way as they are each fourth in the nation in their respective weight class. Jake Sueflohn (6-2) is next as he is currently ranked fifth at 149 pounds, while 125-pounder Tim Lambert (6-1) is 15th and 165-pounder Austin Wilson (3-1) is 20th.

Saturday will mark the second all-time meeting between UVU and Nebraska and the Huskers hold a 1-0 series advantage. Nebraska defeated the Wolverines, 22-12, when they were ranked 16th in the country at the time at the Lone Star Duals on Jan. 15, 2011.

About Bakersfield
The Roadrunners, who are an affiliate member of the Pac-12 in wrestling, are 2-1 on the season and 0-1 in Pac-12 action. CSUB fell to conference foe Cal Poly, 25-6, in its opener before defeating both Appalachian State (21-18) and Grand Canyon (32-4) at home on Nov. 15. The `Runners most recently hosted the Roadrunner Open on Nov. 17 and placed fourth out of nine teams.

Bryce Hammond leads the way for the Roadrunners as he is ranked 15th at 174 pounds and holds a 6-3 record. Spencer Hill (157) and Reuben Franklin (197) are also both having solid 2013-14 seasons as they currently hold identical 9-3 records.

Saturday will mark just the second all-time meeting between the Wolverines and `Runners on the wrestling mat with CSUB holding a 1-0 series advantage. In the only prior meeting, Bakersfield defeated Utah Valley, 41-3, on Jan. 10, 2005 in Tempe, Ariz.

About Stanford
After defeating No. 15 Maryland (17-16) two weeks ago as well as No. 17 Michigan (21-13) and No. 25 Central Michigan (18-13) last weekend on the road, the Cardinal have moved up five spots in the rankings as they are now currently ranked 18th in the country. Stanford is 6-1 overall, which also includes a 30-4 victory over WWC foe Air Force back on Nov. 16.

Two-time All-American Ryan Mango is back for his senior season this year after redshirting a year ago. Mango leads the way as he is ranked third in the nation at 133 pounds with an unblemished 11-0 record. Evan Silver is next as he is ranked 11th at 125 pounds with an 8-1 clip, while Jim Wilson is a perfect 12-0 at 165 pounds and ranked 15th.

The Stanford Duals will mark the third consecutive season that the Wolverines and Cardinal have met on the mat. UVU holds a 2-0 all-time advantage as it defeated Stanford in both previous meetings. The Wolverines took the first contest 25-10 in Palo Alto two seasons ago and 18-15 in Orem last year.

Up Next for the Wolverines
UVU will head to Las Vegas next weekend for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which is traditionally recognized as one of the largest and toughest tournaments of the season. The widely renowned tournament will be held Dec. 6-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

UVU's Probable Lineup
125: No. 13 Jade Rauser, So. (3-1 overall/3-1 duals) or Bracken Nipko, RFr. (4-4/2-2)
133: Chasen Tolbert, So. (2-2/0-0)
141: Avery Garner, Sr. (3-1/3-1) or Sam Mecham, Jr. (3-3/0-0)
149: Trevor Willson, So. (1-5/1-3)
157: Chase Cuthbertson, So. (2-2/2-2) or Logan Addis, So. (1-4/0-0) or Tucker Ray, So. (0-0/0-0)
165: Curtis Abner Cook, Sr. (1-3/1-3)
174: Monte Schmalhaus, Sr. (0-0/0-0)
184: Ethan Smith, Jr. (2-2/2-2) or Abel Gomez, Fr. (4-4/0-0)
197: Derek Thomas, So. (3-5/1-3)
285: Adam Fager, Jr. (2-2/2-2) or Richard Larsen, Fr. (2-4/0-0)