Stanford (0-1) opens its Pac-10 wrestling season Saturday with a 4 p.m. match at Cal State Bakersfield.
There are five NCAA qualifiers among Stanford's 17 returning wrestlers, matching the most the Cardinal has had entering a season.
Stanford sent four wrestlers to last year's NCAA championships: Nick Amuchastegui, Zack Giesen, Ryan Mango and Justin Paulsen. Amuchastegui placed fourth at 165 pounds to earn his first All-American honor and marked the highest finish by a Stanford wrestler since 2004.
Senior Lucas Espericueta qualified for the NCAA tournament as a redshirt freshman in 2008.
Giesen, Amuchastegui and Mango are among the top 20 in InterMat individual rankings. Amuchastegui is the highest ranked at No. 6 in the 174 pound weight class. Giesen is No. 11 spot at 197 pounds, while Mango is No. 15 at 125 pounds.
Adam Jahn and Cameron Lamming each scored but Stanford dropped a 3-2 decision to host California in the Pac-10 and regular season finale Thursday.
The eighth-ranked Bears clinched the conference title with the victory while the Cardinal (4-6, 8-10) failed to return to the NCAA tournament after reaching the Sweet Sixteen last year.
Taylor Amman, Ryan Thomas and Bobby Warshaw were each credited with an assist on the day.
Even the boats are getting involved in the lead-up to the 113th Big Game as Stanford hosts the Big Sail, a best 2-of-3 competition, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on Tuesday noon.
Stanford has won the last five Big Sail competitions with the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop for the best of three regatta between a team of current sailors, a team of alumni under 40 and a team of alumni over 40.