Stanford wrestling (8-2, 3-1 Pac 12) overcame an early deficit to beat Arizona State (7-6, 2-2 Pac 12), 18-13 at Maples Pavilion on Sunday. The dual match saw a series of close contests, with nine of the 10 bouts ended by decision. Arizona State got off to an early lead thanks to national championship hopeful…
After kicking off its season with a bang with big wins over California Baptist and Cal State, the Cardinal wrestling team (2-1) faced a stiff test against No. 8 Northwestern (1-0) in its home opener at Burnham Pavilion. Although the team hung around with the Wildcats in a back-and-forth meet, Northwestern cleaned up in the 141-, 149- and 157-pound decisions to claim a hard-fought 21-13 victory.
After a season that saw the Cardinal wrestling team come the closest it ever has in program history to winning a conference title, Stanford was unable to improve upon its 38th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships, tying for 40th in this year’s tournament in Oklahoma City.
On Sunday, that roar inside Maples Pavilion wasn’t for a double alley-oop for Cardinal men’s basketball, nor was it for another conference title for women’s basketball. Instead, it was in recognition of Stanford wrestling — a team largely overlooked and forgotten that had faded into relative obscurity on campus — because on Sunday, with the Pac-12 Championships held on the Farm for the first time since 2006, the team capped off a regular season in which it thundered back to relevance, establishing a presence that looks to be here to stay.
Although the No. 23 Stanford wrestling team (17-5) finished its dual season with a close 20-19 loss to Northwestern, it set a new record for most single-season dual wins in program history. After having done so, it will look to continue to chase history this Sunday when it seeks the first conference title in program history as it hosts the Pac-12 Championship at Maples Pavilion this Sunday.
Last Saturday, the Stanford wrestling team defeated San Francisco State 28-11 on campus before falling 24-13 to CSU Bakersfield on the road the following day. Next up it faces the tough task of No. 12 Central Michigan at Senior Day this Saturday.
Despite suffering through last weekend’s tough road trip that included losses to Brown, No. 21 Maryland, Harvard and American, Stanford’s wrestling team is excited to be back at home to host No. 25 Air Force tonight and visit No. 9 Oregon State tomorrow night for a Pac-12 dual.
It was a difficult weekend for the Stanford wrestling team, which fell to Arizona State (30-7), Penn (27-6) and Rutgers (33-3) on Sunday at the Stanford Duals in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal dropped to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12. ASU now stands at 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-12, while Penn improved…