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Everything posted by Bronco

  1. Extremely unlikely. As was posted here roughly one week ago the top three transfer schools for Griffith were listed as North Carolina, Michigan and Penn State. Secondly, as was also posted last week, there are ongoing talks about reinstating all 11 sports that Stanford had chosen to drop last summer (including wrestling). So the status of Stanford wrestling - right now - is undetermined. Bottom line is the Stanford wrestling program MAY or MAY NOT be reinstated but if not the three most likely transfer schools for Griffith appear to be North Carolina, Michigan and Penn State.
  2. Maybe he just got tired of living in the land of fruits and nuts.
  3. I just checked WrestleStat's projected lineup for Arizona State for 2022 and they now have Kyle Parco listed as ASU's projected starter at 141 lbs (with Jesse Vasquez at 149) and Valencia at 165 lbs. Biggest hole in this projected ASU lineup for 2022 is 184 lbs as Austin Clayton (not Cade Belshay) is listed as ASU's starter at 184 lbs.
  4. It's interesting - to me at least - that Parco and Crooks faced each other this year at the NCAA tournament and Parco won that match but only by a 3-2 score. In fact I believe that was Cory Crook's last match this season.
  5. Sorry - didn't mean to interrupt the off topic comments and ridiculous in-fighting that has been posted here since yesterday morning.
  6. And another article in the "San Francisco Chronicle" yesterday: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/annkillion/article/Effort-to-save-Stanford-sports-gains-traction-16098848.php
  7. And a similar article from The Stanford Daily yesterday https://stanforddaily.com/2021/04/13/university-meets-with-36-sports-strong/
  8. From an article in the Mercury News newspaper - released yesterday at 6 p.m. Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne promised a group of alumni on Tuesday that he would consider its proposal to save 11 sports from being eliminated at the end of the current school year. Jeremy Jacobs of the lobbying group 36 Sports Strong said alumni were encouraged after an hour-long meeting with school administrators and Stanford board of trustees members, including outgoing chairman Jeffrey Raikes. "We believe President Tessier-Lavigne and the board’s athletics subcommittee are trying to lead an earnest effort to review the decision,” Jacobs said. However, Jacobs, a former men’s volleyball player, also said the group told school officials it would continue its lobbying efforts: “We were very clear we’re not going to let up what we’re doing,” he said. A July community letter announcing the cuts led to a backlash in which some of the school’s prominent former athletes signed a petition calling for the reinstatement of the programs. So far, the group said it has more than 4,000 signatures. The group also said more than 1,500 emails have been sent to Stanford leaders expressing outrage and that 200 alums have joined a boycott to withhold donations. Citing budget shortfalls because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford officials announced they would cut men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. A July 8 letter to the Stanford community said the athletic department faced a projected $25 million deficit in the fiscal year 2021. School officials said they forecast a shortfall of almost $70 million over the next three years. The “36” in the lobbying group’s name represents the number of sports Stanford has been fielding. The school has more than double the national average of sports programs. Some of the famous alumni supporting the group are Andrew Luck, Keri Walsh Jennings and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J). Other prestigious athletics who have signed the petition are Jennifer Azzi (basketball), Tony Azevedo (water polo), Bob and Mike Bryan (tennis), Julie Foudy (soccer), Jessica Mendoza (softball), Mike Messina (baseball), Jordan Morris (soccer), Summer Sanders (swimming), Keri Strug (gymnastics) and professional golfer Michelle Wie, a Stanford graduate. Jacobs, who attended the video meeting Tuesday, said the group proposed a partnership centered on a way to self-endow the sports programs in exchange for immediately reinstating all of the teams. He said Tessier-Lavigne and the board members agreed to present the idea to the full board at an upcoming special meeting. Jacobs said six athletes represented alumni, including former star basketball player Adam Keefe and current Olympic fencer Alexander Massialas. Provost Persis Drell, vice president for development Jon Denney and athletic director Bernard Muir also participated in the meeting, he said. “As the president said last week, the purpose of the meeting was to ensure” the lobby group’s perspectives were heard,” a university spokesman said in an email. “To that end, he feels the group had a substantive and very informative exchange.” Jacobs said the alumni told administrators and board members that in the year since the start of the pandemic “the school is returning to normal operations with its endowment thriving.” Because of the change in the outlook “there are better options that should be considered.” Jacobs said the alumni group outlined how cutting the relatively low-cost 11 sports would not solve the athletic department’s financial troubles. Stanford does not make as much as many other Power Five schools based on attendance for football and men’s basketball. As a private university, its budgets are not publicly available.
  9. Today is the day that the supporters of Stanford wrestling will be meeting with the Stanford school President. Anxious to hear any updates or news on this.
  10. Clearly the University of Oregon has so much of Phil Knight's money that they can afford to build a wrestling facility and just let it just sit there. Must be nice to have all that money I guess. P.S. The University of Oregon is also the University which has a career record in football of 0-3 versus my alma mater (Boise State).
  11. Thanks for pointing that out here but A. You have to subscribe to the online SF Chronicle newspaper in order to actually read that and B. I am skeptical - at this point - that they will be able to save the wrestling program at Stanford (but I hope they prove me wrong).
  12. North Carolina's starter at 165 lbs this past season was Kenny Monday (a RS Senior in 2021). I have not heard if he plans to return for 2022. Monday went 8-7 this year and is ranked # 23 nationally at 165 lbs by WrestleStat. Monday did qualify for the NCAA tournament this year but went 1-2 at same. One of his two NCAA losses was in SV OT to Michigan's Cameron Amine. Also Shane Griffith beat Monday 9-4 during the 2020 wrestling season (on 11-16-2019) during the North Carolina vs Stanford dual match. Michigan's starter at 165 lbs this past season was Cameron Amine (a RS Freshman in 2021) who went 14-4 this year and is ranked # 14 nationally at 165 lbs by WrestleStat. Amine placed 7th at 165 lbs at the 2021 NCAA championships (winning by Forfeit over Anthony Valencia of Arizona State in the 7th place match) Penn State's starter at 165 lbs this past season was Joe Lee (a RS Freshman in 2021) who went 6-7 this year and is ranked # 34 nationally at 165 lbs by WrestleStat. Lee went 0-2 at the 2021 NCAA championships at 165 lbs.
  13. According to this article - dated April 6, 2021 - Griffith's top three transfer schools for grad school are North Carolina, Michigan and Penn State. https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/college/wrestling/2021/04/06/keep-stanford-wrestling-inside-shane-griffiths-road-ncaa-title/7104712002/
  14. You're right.... yet he forfeited his last match to place 8th at the NCAA tournament this year.
  15. Barring some event that interrupts things extraordinarily I think Norfleet is a virtual lock to come back next season. And it is a fact that Norfleet was listed on the ASU team roster as a Senior for 2021. I wouldn't go so far as to say Valencia is also a "lock" to be back next season but given the fact that he's only been an All-American once in his collegiate wrestling career and that honor came to him last year without having to compete at the NCAA national championships - I'd say it's highly likely he will return for 2022. I am unclear as to whether the other Seniors will return. Namely Cory Crooks at 149 lbs (when they have Jesse Vasquez as a RS Freshman for 2022), Cade Belshay at 184 lbs, and Peter Lipari at 141 lbs (Grad Student in 2021).
  16. I e-mailed the author of this article and asked him and he replied with the following two e-mails: Metcalfe, Jeff Apr 4, 2021, 1:53 PM (14 hours ago) to me That is the plan Metcalfe, Jeff Apr 4, 2021, 2:34 PM (14 hours ago) to me It’s possible Anthony could change his mind … but I think his injury at nationals this year will make him want to come back even more. Same thing with Norfleet, who said before nationals he wanted to return. Jeff Metcalfe That is the plan
  17. I'm fairly certain he was referring to the STARTERS here. I'm just curious if this means Valencia will be back for 2022.
  18. "Everybody is back next year" - in this AZCentral article on the Arizona State wrestling team. Does this mean all of the Seniors on the 2021 team will be returning for 2022 or am I just reading too much into this quote? https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/asu/2021/03/26/asu-wrestling-wants-more-after-first-ncaa-trophy-finish-since-1995/7018028002/
  19. Those two things being politics and greed on the part of the administrators at Standford - according to this article by Matt Grocott: https://www.smdailyjournal.com/opinion/columnists/stanford-s-political-maneuvering-and-greed/article_dd459fc4-90f5-11eb-a64e-afef3cc021d5.html
  20. That's kind of silly. All schools "have a chance" to sign any or all of those three.
  21. I understand your logic here however, first of all, it's not a known fact at this point that he will be competing for ASU next season. Secondly, who knows, after being at 133 lbs for years maybe he wants to move up to 141.
  22. Has he competed at all - collegiately - since 2019? He was at 133 bs then - right? He'd be a great "get" for ASU if what you wrote here is correct. But I would have to think he'd fit in best at 141 lbs if that's the case.
  23. If Arizona State's Cory Crooks and Anthony Valencia choose not to return next season I'd say their three "weakest" weight classes for 2022 would be 141 lbs 149 lbs 165 lbs So I would hope that Arizona State would look to sign Real Woods for 141 lbs, Jaden Abas for 149 lbs and Shane Griffith for 165 lbs. Can you imagine their lineup if they signed all three? 125 lbs - Brandon Courtney - RS SR - 2021 NCAA All-American (runner-up at 125 lbs) - 2020 & 2021 PAC 12 champ at 125 lbs 133 lbs - Michael McGee - RS SR - 2021 NCAA All-American (6th place at 133 lbs) 141 lbs - Real Woods - RS JR - 2021 NCAA Qualifer (Top 12 at 141 lbs) - 2020 NCAA All-American - 2020 PAC 12 champ at 141 lbs - 2021 PAC 12 runner-up at 141 lbs 149 lbs - Jaden Abas - RS SO - 2021 NCAA All-American (7th at 149 lbs) - 2021 PAC 12 champion at 149 lbs 157 lbs - Jacori Teemer - RS JR - 2021 NCAA All-American (4th at 157 lbs) - 2020 & 2021 PAC 12 champion at 157 lbs 165 lbs - Shane Griffith - RS JR - 2021 NCAA Champion at 165 lbs - 2020 PAC 12 champion at 165 lbs - 2021 PAC 12 runner-up at 165 lbs 174 lbs - Trey Munoz - RS SO - 2021 NCAA qualifier - 2nd at 2021 PAC 12 tournament at 174 lbs 184 lbs - Cade Belshay - RS SR - 3rd Place at 2021 PAC 12 tournament at 184 lbs 197 lbs - Kordell Norfleet - RS SR - 2021 NCAA Qualifier (Round of 12) - Three time PAC 12 Champion (2018 at 184 lbs, 2020 at 197 lbs & 2021 at 197 lbs) 285 lbs - Cohlton Schultz - RS SO - 2021 NCAA All-American (4th place) - 2021 PAC 12 champion at 285 lbs
  24. Anthony Valencia IF he chooses to return for another season.
  25. There are a lot of good wrestlers on these two NCAA teams who are or soon will be in the transfer portal. These are the highest ranked transfer prospects from Fresno State and Stanford: 125 lbs - Jackson DiSario - 2021 True SO. - STANFORD - Ranked # 39 by WS - 7-5 record in 2021 - Two time NCAA Qualifier (2020 & 2021) - Two time PAC 12 runner-up at 125 lbs 133 lbs - Jason Miranda - 2021 True FR - STANFORD - Ranked # 50 by WS - 6-4 record in 2021 133 lbs - Haiden Drury - 2021 True FR - FRESNO STATE - Ranked # 25 by WS - 9-7 record in 2021 141 lbs - Real Woods - 2021 RS SO. - STANFORD - Ranked # 9 by WS - 6-3 record in 2021 - Two time NCAA Qualifier (2020 & 2021) - 2020 PAC 12 champ at 141 lbs - 2021 PAC 12 runner-up at 141 lbs 141 lbs - Durbin Lloren - 2021 SR - FRESNO STATE - Ranked # 22 by WS - 13-3 record in 2021 (If he chooses to wrestle next season) - Two time NCAA qualifier (2020 & 2021) 149 lbs - Jaden Abas - 2021 RS FR - STANFORD - Ranked # 16 by WS - 13-4 record in 2021 - 2021 NCAA All-American (7th at 149 lbs) - 2021 PAC 12 champion at 149 lbs 149 lbs - Kyle Parco - 2021 RS FR - FRESNO STATE - Ranked # 15 by WS - 18-4 record in 2021 - 2021 NCAA All-American (6th at 149 lbs) - Two time NCAA qualifier 157 lbs - Requir van der Merwe - RS SR - STANFORD - Ranked # 24 by WS - 9-5 record in 2021 (If he chooses to wrestle next season) - Two time NCAA qualifier - 2019 PAC 12 champion at 149 lbs - Two time Stanford Team Captain 165 lbs - Shane Griffith - 2021 RS SO - STANFORD - Ranked # 3 by WS - 12-1 record in 2021 - 2021 NCAA champion at 165 lbs - 2020 PAC 12 champion at 165 lbs - 2021 PAC 12 runner-up at 165 lbs 174 lbs - Tyler Eischens - 2021 RS SO - STANFORD - Ranked # 41 by WS - 6-3 record in 2021 (at 165 and 174) - 2020 NCAA Qualifier at 157 lbs - 2020 PAC 12 runner-up at 157 lbs 184 lbs - Hunter Cruz - 2021 RS SO - FRESNO STATE - Ranked # 41 by WS - 6-1 record in 2021 197 lbs - Nick Stemmett - 2021 True FR - STANFORD - Ranked # 42 by WS - 7-4 record in 2021- 2021 NCAA qualifier as a true Freshman - Placed 3rd at 2021 PAC 12 tournament at 184 lbs 285 lbs - Nathan Traxler - 2021 RS SR - STANFORD - Ranked # 16 by WS - 9-4 record in 2021 (If he chooses to wrestle next season) - 4 time NCAA Qualifier (2018-2019-2020-2021) 285 lbs - A. J. Nevills - 2021 RS JR - FRESNO STATE - Ranked # 18 by WS - 0-0 record in 2021 - Said to be transferring to South Dakota State 285 lbs - Peter Ming - 2021 True FR - STANFORD - Ranked # 51 by WS - 5-1 record in 2021
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