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The Boys Are Back In Town!

While we recognize that many of you understandably had other things on your mind last week, it's worth noting that the the Stanford wrestlers also reported back to campus to resume training for the 2020-21 NCAA wrestling season! The wrestlers began a rigorous testing protocol on Friday, which concluded yesterday. Following the completion of individual physicals and the first in-person team meeting of the year today, official practice is slated to start tomorrow.

In order to provide the best opportunity to hold the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships, college wrestling coaches have agreed to wait until January to start the competitive season. Be on the lookout for a pandemic-adjusted competition schedule once it's solidified.

Fundraising Fun

In honor of wrestling's National Signing Day, the coaching staff decided to post celebratory tweets for any and all new Keep Stanford Wrestling pledges received this week. Coach Blake took it a step further and vowed to produce commitment graphics for anyone that pledges 5 figures or more. Life-long wrestling fan, Tony Rotundo (pictured above) was the first to take Blake up on the offer. Congratulations, Tony! Thank you for your support.

Interested in joining the fun, and maybe earning your own custom commitment graphic? Get your pledge in today at Remember that your pledge will only be collected if Stanford agrees to put all donations toward the reinstatement and operation of its varsity wrestling program.

USAW U23 Nationals

Nathan Traxler will represent the Cardinal at the USA Wrestling U23 Nationals this weekend. The event is scheduled to take place November 13-14 at the MECA - CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Traxler will compete in the 97kg weight class of the men's freestyle division. The winner of the U23 Nationals will qualify for the 2021 Senior World Team Trials. Additional event details, including live video coverage, are available via FloWrestling.

The Stanford Daily

The Stanford Daily decided to publish Melanie Woods' open letter to Stanford University administrators late last week; it was the third parent letter published since it was announced in July that Stanford would discontinue its varsity wrestling program. Melanie's heartfelt plea calls on the administration to remain true to Stanford's core values of "ethics, boldness, and foundations" to find a plausible solution to keep Stanford Wrestling.

For those that enjoyed Netflix's The Social Dilemma documentary, you may also want to check out Netflix+Social Good? Stanford alumni behind 'The Social Dilemma' endorse democratizing tech. Like the documentary, the article features Stanford alumni, including Stanford Wrestling's own 
Tim Kendall '99 MBA '06. Be on the lookout for additional KSW coverage in The Stanford Daily in the coming days.

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. PLEDGE financial support. Ask someone else to pledge.
  2. Write an email/letter. Review the KSW Email/Letter Guide prior to drafting your correspondence to ensure your efforts have the greatest impact.
  3. Follow/Endorse/Share KSW on the communication platforms you use--FacebookTwitterInstagram & our websiteThe preferred hashtag is #KeepStanfordWrestling.
  4. Follow & Comment #KeepStanfordWrestling on Twitter/Instagram posts from @Stanford and @GoStanford.
  5. Sign & Share the KSW petition.
  6. *Alumni: If you feel comfortable sharing, write a testimonial on how Stanford Wrestling has impacted your life in a positive way. Email it to so we can use it in our messaging.
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