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Stanford wrestling, golf teams sign total of 12


Stanford wrestling coach Jason Borrelli and his staff signed seven high school seniors to wrestle for the Cardinal next fall. The class contains five wrestlers ranked among the top-100 overall recruits, including the No. 8 prospect.

The Stanford incoming class consists of Walker Dempsey (Blair Academy), Boomer Fleming (Ridgeview High School), Paul Fox (Gilroy High School), Isaiah Locsin (Gilroy High School), Joey McKenna (Blair Academy), Mason Pengilly (Porterville High School) and Brian Rossi (Lockport High School).

"We are thrilled with this recruiting class," said Borrelli. "Each student-athlete will play a key part in helping the Stanford wrestling program climb to the top of the NCAA ranks. Recruiting has improved every year and this year's class may be our best to date."

McKenna, the No. 8 overall prospect at rated by InterMat, is the highest overall ranked recruit to ever sign with the Cardinal. He and Dempsey hail from Blair Academy in New Jersey where current Stanford starters Evan Silver and Maxwell Hvolbek also conducted their prep careers.

Stanford's three California recruits, Fox, Locsin and Pengilly, all have a chance to become four-time state medalists, a feat that has only been accomplished by 29 other in the history of California high school wrestling.

Dempsey, a native of Greenwich, Conn., was the 2013 Prep National runner-up and is a two-time NHSCA National All-American, capturing fourth place in 2012 and 2013. He is also the son of Stanford wrestling alum Burke Demspey ('84).

Flemming is a two-time Oregon state champion and three time state medalist out of Ridgeview High School in Redmond, Ore.

He dominated the state tournament in 2013, registering a first-period fall in every match. Overall, he boasts a 98-8 career high school record, including an undefeated 34-0 mark last year.

Fox is a two-time state finalist and three-time state medalist out of Gilroy High. Finishing as the runner-up in 2012 and 2013, he also placed fourth in eighth as a freshman in 2011. Listed as the No. 97 overall recruit by InterMat, he is ranked No. 17 in the nation at 152 pounds.

Locsin is ranked No. 76 overall by InterMat and No. 11 nationally at 126 pounds. A 2012 state champion, he is a three-time state finalist finishing as the runner-up in 2011 and 2013.

McKenna is rated No. 2 overall at 138 pounds and is a three-time National Prep Champion, a 2012 FILA Cadet National Champion and World Team member, placing eighth at the 2012 Cadet World Championships.

Pengilly is the No. 64 overall recruit out of Porterville High School in Porterville, Calif. He is ranked No. 7 at 126 pounds by InterMat and is a three-time state medalist, including the 2013 state champion.

He is a 2010 Fargo Cadet Freestyle All-American and 2012 Fargo Junior Freestyle All-American. A 2012 FloNationals finalist, he also secured All-America honors at the FloNationals in 2013.

Rossi is listed as the No. 81 overall recruit and the fifth-ranked wrestler nationally at 113 pounds by InterMat.

He is a two-time Illinois third-place medalist out of Lockport High School in Lockport, Ill. A 2013 Postseason National Champion, he was also a Fargo Junior Freestyle finalist last year and earned All-American honors at the 2012 Fargo Cadet Freestyle championships.

"The list of wrestling accolades that these seven athletes bring with them to Stanford is extremely impressive," said Borrelli. "We fully expect each to be competing for individual national titles during their Stanford careers."

Men's golf

Stanford head coach Conrad Ray announced Wednesday that three of the nation's top high school student-athletes have chose to continue their academic and athletic careers on The Farm, each signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Stanford beginning in the fall of 2014.

Franklin Huang (Poway, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), Bradley Knox (Menlo Park/Sacred Heart), and Jeffrey Swegle (West Des Moines, Iowa/West Des Moines Valley) all made their official commitments to the Cardinal during the early signing period.

"We are excited about the 2014 recruiting class," Ray said. "All three players have tremendous upside and epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete. They will join a team built on depth, and they will add a lot to our program with their leadership, work ethic, and passion for Stanford."

Knox is currently playing both golf and basketball at SHP. He is the school's first state golf qualifier in school history.

"We are excited to sign Bradley as the top local product in the Bay Area," said Ray. "He grew up playing the Stanford Golf Course and he has strong ties to the University with his parents, grandfather and older sister all having gone to Stanford. We believe with more national tournament exposure and hard work that he is only going to get better."

Swegle was a four-time all-state performer, won the 2013 Midwest Junior Championship and was the 2011 Iowa Golf Association Junior Player of the Year. Huang tied for fifth at 2013 Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic, was third at 2012 Toyota Tour Cup Invitational at Westin Mission Hills, was a 2012 AJGA All-America

and Rolex All-America.

Women's golf

Shannon Aubert and Calli Ringsby each recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Stanford, as announced Wednesday by head coach Anne Walker.

Aubert (Stuart, Fla./The Pine School) and Ringsby (Cherry Hills Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) will continue their athletic and academic careers on The Farm beginning in the fall of 2014.

"The 2014 class will be a terrific addition to the program," Walker said. "Shannon has an unmatched level of experience having competed significantly in Europe and also with the United States-based AJGA tour. She is a mature player, with a terrific short game and I believe she will blossom at the college level.

Aubert played with European Team at 2013 Junior Solheim Cup, is a two-time Florida state individual champion, a three-time first team Rolex All-America, a two-time U.S. Women's Open Championship participant and first at 2013 International Spanish Ladies Amateur Championship.

"Calli is very athletic and hits the ball as far as any female player I know. She has lots of room for improvement in her short game, and I think with good instruction and coaching, she will be a strong player on our squad."

Ringsby was fifth at 2013 Junior America's Cup, had a top-20 finish at 2012 Canadian Women's Amateur and was a semifinalist at 2012 California Women's Amateur.

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