Dec. 27, 2012
THIS WEEK: Members of the Stanford wrestling team travel to Evanston, Ill., for the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. The prestigious tournament, hosted by Northwestern, will take place at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30. More than 30 Division I wrestling teams, along with a number of Division II and III teams and post-graduate competitors, will compete in the tournament this weekend.
Wrestling for Stanford:
125: Evan Silver
149: Timmy Boone
157: Kyle Meyer and Garrett Schaner
165: Bret Baumbach
174: Thomas Kimbrell
184: Ryan Davies
133: Ryan Mango
141: Matt Garelli
165: Jim Wilson
174: Zach Nevills
HWT: Josh Marchok
CATCH THE CARDINAL: Fans can keep up with Stanford throughout the season by liking the team on Facebook (Stanford Wrestling) or following them on Twitter (@CardWrestling) for updates and unique content. All home Stanford wrestling duals are free to the public.
The finals of the Midlands Championships will air live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow @NU_Wrestle on Twitter for general tournament updates and the #Midlands50 hashtag for updates throughout the weekend. Updated brackets will be posted on NUsports.com.
ABOUT THE MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Midlands Championships, which took place in 1963. Over 9,000 wrestlers have competed in the tournament over the last 49 years. Former Northwestern head coach and tournament founder Ken Kraft has been involved with the Midlands for 50 years. He has attended every tournament, except for one--the 1995 Midlands Championships. Kraft, who was a Northwestern administrator at the time, missed the 1995 edition because the NU football team was in the Rose Bowl that year.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal returns to The Farm to host the Stanford Duals on Sunday, Jan. 6. Starting at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion, Stanford will take on Pac-12 foe Arizona State, Penn at 3:45 p.m. and Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. ASU and Rutgers will square off at 3:45 p.m., while the Sun Devils will take on Penn at 5:30 p.m.
RENO TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS RECAP: Senior Ryan Mango, who is redshirting the 2012-13 season, captured the 133-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Mango is 10-0 as a redshirt this year. Senior Timmy Boone placed sixth at 149 pounds for the Cardinal. He is 14-8 so far in his final campaign on The Farm. True freshman Jim Wilson (165 pounds) also finished sixth in the tournament, and holds a 9-1 record this year.