Despite the smoke, the wrestlers positioned themselves on the mat and then brawled like there was no tomorrow. Stanford wrestling’s first home match of the season took place at the football fan fest against San Francisco State on November 10.
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.
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) 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. 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.