Griffith Returns to the NCAA Finals
DETROIT - Shane Griffith is clutch. The redshirt junior scored a takedown in the final seconds to advance to the NCAA finals for the second straight season, defeating No. 1 seed Evan Wick of Cal Poly.
The fourth time was a charm for the Westwood, New Jersey, native as he and Wick previously met three times this season. Griffith is the second Cardinal wrestler to reach the finals in back-to-back seasons, joining Nick Amuchastegui (2011, 2012).
Behind a last second takedown, Shane Griffith advances to Saturday and will defend his title!
— NCAA Wrestling (@NCAAWrestling) March 19, 2022
Griffith began the day with a 10-4 decision over No. 4 seed Dean Hamiti of Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, securing All-America honors. The 165-pounder is the sixth Stanford wrestler to be a multiple-time NCAA All-American. He is now 19-4 on the season and 59-5 in his Cardinal career and will meet No. 2 seed Keegan O'Toole of Missouri on Saturday night.
Joining Griffith in the semifinals was redshirt junior Real Woods. Woods registered a 16-0 technical fall in 4:06 over No. 12 seed CJ Composto (Penn) in the quarterfinals, giving Stanford to semifinalists for the first time in school history.
Woods dropped a 3-2 decision to the top seed at 141 pounds, Penn State's Nick Lee in the semifinals. He will wrestle No. 3 seed Sebastian Rivera of Rutgers for a spot in the third-place match on Saturday morning.
Saturday's morning session will begin at 8 a.m. PT on ESPNU. The finals are set for 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.
(33) Logan Ashton, 125 pounds | 1-2
|dec. (32) Patrick McCormick (Virginia)||2-0|
|lost to (1) Nick Suriano (Michigan)||16-3|
|lost to (16) Drew Hildebrandt (Penn State)||3-1|
(4) Real Woods, 141 pounds | 3-1
|maj. dec. (29) Connor McGonagle (Lehigh)||8-0|
|maj. dec. (20) Parker Filius (Purdue)||8-0|
|tech. fall (12) CJ Composto (Penn)||16-0 (4:06)|
|lost to (1) Nick Lee (Penn State)||3-2|
(23) Jaden Abas, 149 pounds | 1-2
|lost to (10) Ridge Lovett (Nebraska)||4-2|
|dec. (26) Josh Edmond (Missouri)||9-3|
|lost to (9) Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State)||F2:49|
(5) Shane Griffith, 165 pounds | 4-0
|tech. fall (28) Cael Carlson (Minnesota)||18-2 (5:13)|
|dec. (12) Zach Hartman (Bucknell)||7-3|
|dec. (4) Dean Hamiti (Wisconsin)||10-4|
|dec. (1) Evan Wick (Cal Poly)||7-6|
(26) Tyler Eischens, 174 pounds | 1-2
|dec. (7) Ethan Smith (Ohio State)||13-12|
|lost to (10) Clay Lautt (North Carolina)||13-4|
|lost to (8) Michael O'Malley (Drexel)||F2:46|