No. 22 Stanford men’s wrestling (6-1, 0-1 Pac-12) decimated Cal Baptist (1-3) last Friday but faltered on Sunday against CSU Bakersfield (5-7, 2-1 Pac-12), tarnishing the Cardinal’s otherwise spotless record. The 40-4 outcome in the match against the Lancers came as no surprise, but the follow-up game against the Roadrunners caught Stanford off-guard.
Stanford men’s wrestling (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) hosts California Baptist (1-2) at the Burnham Pavilion & Ford Center today for an evening dual meet. This is the first season that the Lancers have competed as a D1 program, and the team has understandably hit some road bumps along the way after competing against some of the best programs in the nation. Meanwhile, the Cardinal have experienced an incredibly successful season so far with a spotless dual record and stellar individual performances across every weight class.
Stanford men’s wrestling (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) triumphed over No. 22 Utah Valley (7-6, 0-0 Big-12) and Harvard (0-2, 0-0 EIWA) in a two-part dual meet this past Saturday. The first game at Burnham Pavilion against the Wolverines was a close contest in a majority of weight classes, but the Cardinal eventually prevailed 20-19 to secure their second dual meet victory against a ranked opponent. Stanford then turned to their east coast rival for a bit of redemption – the Crimson had managed to hold onto a 4-3 all-time record against the Cardinal before Saturday’s match. The 26-12 smack-down that followed was anything but a close contest; the Cardinal sought and delivered vengeance after beating the Ivy League school in seven out of ten bouts.
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 (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.