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Griffith Champion, Abas All-American

As most of you already know, redshirt sophomore Shane Griffith (165) was crowned NCAA Champion Saturday night in St. Louis. Shane was also named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler after upsetting the #1 seed from Iowa and beating the #3 and #5 seeds. Shane is the second national champion for Keep Stanford Wrestling, following Matt Gentry's national title in 2004.

In addition to Shane's success, redshirt freshman Jaden Abas (149) earned All-American honors with a 7th place finish, requiring five wins on the consolation side of the bracket. Real Woods (141), Requir Van der Merwe (157), and Nathan Traxler (Hwt) all turned in strong performances to help KSW finish 17th as a team.

Since the tournament, KSW received media attention from outlets such as ESPN, SF Chronicle, and Flowrestling, to name just a few. We also received broad support from the national wrestling community and a flurry of financial pledges. In the last 48 hours, KSW has received more than 60 pledges from states all across the country.

Make your voices heard. Visit an updated for the information you need to voice your anger at Stanford and ask that they reinstate our sport. Click the big, red "Send Email" button, which will pre populate the address for the Board of Trustees inbox and a template message you can edit as you see fit. For more ways to voice your anger, go to Tweet, share and comment on social media every chance you get.

As Shane Griffith said in his post-tournament press conference: "We’re going to keep fighting the fight, whether it’s a week-long battle, year-long, 10 years, who knows. There is nothing more we’re trying to do than keep this program at Stanford. The way things are rolling right now, I think we have a good shot."

Join the Fight

How You Can Help

This is our opportunity to preserve the legacy of Stanford Wrestling for future generations. With that in mind, please take as many of the following actions as you are able:
  1. Email (big, red button) the Stanford Board of Trustees from the updated
  2. Visit 36 Sports Strong for other ways to effectively voice your displeasure.
  3. Follow/Endorse/Share KSW on the communication platforms you use--FacebookTwitterInstagram & our websiteThe preferred hashtag is #KeepStanfordWrestling. Tag @Stanford and @GoStanford.
  4. Alumni: Engage Stanford faculty on the decision to cut athletic programs. We've prepared a template you can use here.
  5. PLEDGE financial support. Ask someone to pledge.
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