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VII Wonders: Gabriel Townsell on Rap, Wrestling and Life

Over the past few years, VII has built an impressive resume both at Stanford and his native Chicago — one that speaks to an artistic spirit and skill beyond his years, fueled by a dedication to his craft and a relentless pursuit of new creative avenues. You may have seen him performing at Blackfest in 2018, where he opened for 2 Chainz; he competed in the Stanford Concert Network’s Battle of the Bands in January of this year, and he was featured at Kairos’ Wine & Cheese night in November. Maybe you’ve heard the two mixtapes he dropped on Soundcloud this summer, in addition to Marketable Melancholy.

Behind heroic performance from Townsell, Stanford upsets Arizona State in home dual meet

No. 25 Stanford (7-1, 1-1 Pac-12) triumphed over No. 9 Arizona State (4-9, 1-1 Pac-12) in a dual meet unlike any other. Last Saturday, No. 20 junior Gabriel Townsell, wrestling in the 125-pound class, scored a 6-point move in the final match of the afternoon that stopped the Sun Devils from taking their first win in Cardinal territory since 2013.

Wrestling to wrangle with Sun Devils

No. 25 Stanford men’s wrestling (6-1, 0-1 Pac-12) will face No. 9 Arizona State (4-8, 1-0 Pac-12) in a dual meet on Saturday at the Burnham Pavilion. CSU Bakersfield (5-7, 2-1 Pac-12) inflicted the Cardinal’s first dual meet loss this past Sunday, clinching the upset 20-13. Stanford will get back into the groove of things tomorrow, aiming to restore themselves to their rightful place in winning-streak glory, but the competition will also be some of the toughest Stanford will have to face this season.