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 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.
Following disappointing finishes in their last two appearances, No. 25 ranked Stanford wrestling (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) will travel to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the Cliff Keen Invitational. The invitational is one of the toughest college tournaments in the country, and features 30 Division 1 teams.