THIS WEEK: Five Stanford wrestlers - redshirt seniors Ryan Mango (133 pounds) and Kyle Meyer (174 pounds, senior Dan Scherer (197 pounds), redshirt sophomore Evan Silver (125 pounds) and redshirt freshman Jim Wilson (165 pounds) - will cap off the season at the 2014 NCAA Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 20-22.
CATCH THE CARDINAL: ESPN is providing coverage of every match in every session via ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN3. Stanford’s Facebook (Stanford Wrestling) and Twitter (@CardWrestling) will also provide updates on Cardinal wrestlers throughout the event. Below is the broadcast schedule with ESPN3 (WatchESPN) carrying individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament.
Thursday, March 20 - 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT - First Session (ESPNU)
Thursday, March 20 - 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. PT - Second Session (ESPNU)
Friday, March 21 - 8 a.m.-11 a.m. PT - Quarterfinals/Third Session (ESPNU)
Friday, March 21 - 5 p.m.-8 p.m. PT - Semifinals/Fourth Session (ESPN)
Saturday, March 22 - 8 a.m. -11 a.m. PT - Medal Round/Fifth Session (ESPNU)
Saturday, March 22 - 5 p.m.-8 p.m. PT - Championship Finals (ESPN)
WHAT’S AT STAKE: The Cardinal wrestlers will be competing in 33-man bracket for the individual national title in their respective weight classes. The top-eight finishers in each weight class will be named 2014 All-Americans.
HOW THEY GOT THERE: For the first time in program history, Stanford crowned four individual title winners at the conference championships, finishing second overall (tying the school’s best finish). Ryan Mango won his second conference title becoming just the fifth Cardinal wrestler to accomplish that feat. Senior Dan Scherer, redshirt sophomore Evan Silver and redshirt freshman Jim Wilson all captured championships for the first time. Kyle Meyer placed third and received an automatic berth. Stanford’s five qualifiers ties a program-high (2004, 2007, 2008).
STANFORD AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford’s highest team finish at the NCAA Championships came in 2011 when the Cardinal placed 11th. Matt Gentry is the lone Cardinal to win an individual title, capturing the 157-pound crown in 2004. In 2011, Nick Amuchastegui (‘12) joined Gentry as the only NCAA finalists in program history. Amuchastegui went on to become just the second three-time All-American at Stanford and reached the finals for a second time in 2012.
JOINING THE ELITE: Redshirt senior 133-pounder Ryan Mango became just the eighth Cardinal wrestler to reach the 100-win plateau in January. Now with 108, the St. Louis, Mo., native is looking to become just the third three-time All-American in program history, having placed sixth (2011) and fifth (2012) at 125 pounds.
FRESHMAN WINS: Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson is 33-6 in his first season competing for the Cardinal. His 33 wins are the third-most by a freshman in school history, joining Dave Lee (37) and Matt Gentry (35). Both Lee (at Wisconsin) and Gentry went on to win NCAA titles during their collegiate careers.
YEAR TWO: After leading the Cardinal in wins last season (26) and qualifying for NCAAs, redshirt sophomore Evan Silver has improved his national ranking this season. At 23-4, Silver is ranked 12th by InterMat and has defeated three ranked opponents on the year.
LAST CHANCE: Senior 197-pounder Dan Scherer is making the most of his final season with the Cardinal. After wrestling at heavyweight as a sophomore and junior, Scherer upset ninth-ranked Taylor Meeks of Oregon State to capture the Pac-12 title. After qualifying for the NCAAs in 2013 at heavyweight, Scherer will have one final chance to become an All-American.
SENIOR STATEMENT: Stanford senior Kyle Meyer is having the best season of his career, posting a 26-11 overall record and a 15-4 mark in duals. The Monett, Mo., native has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but has been healthy this year and making the most of his final season on The Farm. Holding a 51-36 career record, Meyer has notched half of those wins this season.
REGULAR SEASON RECAP: The Cardinal finished the regular season with a program-best 17 dual wins, eclipsing a 39 year-old record of 15 wins set by the 1974-75 squad. Stanford went 4-1 in Pac-12 duals, falling only to Oregon State (21-14). Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson (30-6), redshirt seniors Ryan Mango (25-3) and Kyle Meyer (24-10), and redshirt sophomore Evan Silver (20-4) combined for 99 wins to lead Stanford.
HEAD COACH JASON BORRELLI: Stanford is under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Jason Borrelli. During his time on The Farm, Borrelli has accrued a 59-58-3 record and sent 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships a total of 20 times. Borrelli, a former Central Michigan standout, first came to Stanford as an assistant coach in 2007 and has quickly turned the Cardinal into a national contender. Under Borrelli, the Cardinal has finished in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships twice, including a program-best 11th at the 2011 tournament in Philadelphia, Pa.