Stanford men’s wrestling (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) is hosting no. 22 Utah Valley (6-5, 0-0 Big-12) and Harvard (0-0, 0-0 EIWA) today at the Burnham Pavilion & Ford Center, marking the fourth and fifth dual meets for the Cardinal this season. Stanford has dominated the competition in each of its previous meets, most recently winning against No. 11 Northwestern (2-4, 0-1 Big-10); the team has also achieved unprecedented glory in national tournaments at Las Vegas and Chattanooga. However, today’s competition may test just how much glory the wrestling gods have in store for Stanford. The Wolverines have gutted behemoths like No. 13 Purdue (3-4, 0-1 Big-10) and No. 15 Rutgers (6-2, 0-1 Big-10) over the season, and the Crimson holds a 4-3 all-time record against the Cardinal.
Stanford wrestling (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hits the road today for the famed Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, a two-day event that draws hundreds of wrestlers from some of the best teams in the nation. The Cardinal have taken a break after their dual-meet victories over SF State (1-2) and Fresno State (3-4, 1-2 Big-12), as well as individual victories at the Roadrunner and Princeton Opens earlier in the season. Expect to see shows of grit, glory, and good-old takedowns as the team gets back into the swing of things and gears up for one of the toughest tournaments of the season.
Stanford wrestling (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) persevered for a 22-15 win against Fresno State (3-4, 1-2 Big 12) at the Battle on Midway. The Cardinal were down 12-15 with only three matches remaining, but redshirt sophomore Requir van der Merwe won an upset over a top-20 wrestler that sparked a comeback and kept the Bulldogs in the doghouse.
No. 21 Stanford wrestling (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) took a day-trip to CSU Bakersfield (3-3, 0-0 Pac-12) this past Sunday for the Roadrunner Open, where 13 out of 18 Cardinal wrestlers placed. Sophomore Dominick Mandarino and freshman Shane Griffith also took the top spots in the 157-pound and 165-pound weight classes, respectively. For comparison, only six Cardinal placed and no Cardinal won a 1st-place title at last year’s tournament.
No. 25 Stanford wrestling is gearing up for an all-day tournament at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. The tournament will bring in wrestlers from all divisions, and though the Cardinal have had some trouble at this event in the past, their recent performance over SF State shows that this year’s squad is not messing around.
No. 25 Stanford wrestling (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) dominated San Francisco State (1-2) 41 to 5 during an outdoor dual meet at Fan Fest on Saturday. The outdoor bout began in murky waters as Stanford stumbled a bit to control the ring, but the Cardinal soon found their footing as they went up the weight classes, finishing off the day with four pins in a row.
On Saturday, Stanford wrestling (0-0) is hosting its home opener against San Francisco State (1-1) in the open air at Stanford Athletics’ Fan Fest, right before the Oregon-Stanford football match. The Cardinal have recently tasted victory after two freshmen, Real Woods (141 pounds) and Shane Griffith (165 pounds), and one redshirt freshman, Haydn Maley (heavyweight), won the Princeton Open last Sunday.
The No. 25 ranked Stanford wrestling program (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12), netted themselves an impressive top-10 finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which ran from Dec. 1-3. The team scored 58.5 total points, which was good enough for a top-10 finish, an impressive finish at a tournament which featured some of the best wrestlers in the country.