The Cardinal completed the Pac-12 Wrestling Championships this past weekend. Despite finishing third in the team race, there were several noteworthy accomplishments coming out of the weekend.
First and foremost, Jaden Abas (149) captured a conference title by defeating the #13 wrestler in the nation that had bested him earlier in the season. Abas becomes just the 8th freshman conference champion in program history. Joining Abas in the tournament finals were Jackson DiSario (125), Real Woods (141), Shane Griffith (165), and Nathan Traxler (Hwt). The Cardinal had seven wrestlers earn top-3 finishes in their respective weight classes, producing five automatic NCAA qualifiers--DiSario, Abas, Griffith, Nick Stemmet (197) & Traxler. Complete match results can be found here.
The Cardinal have an additional three wrestlers in contention for at-large bids to the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which will be held March 18-20 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. At-large bids for the NCAA Championships will be announced on March 10th.
Finally, Traxler was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for wrestling. Traxler is the 7th Cardinal wrestler to receive the award since its inception in 2008. In fact, Cardinal wrestlers received the honor in four of the last five years (Peter Galli - 2017, Nathan Butler - 2018 & Paul Fox - 2019). A more detailed release can be accessed here.