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Griffith Returns to the NCAA Finals

Mar 18, 2022

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). 

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

Opponent Result
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

Opponent Result
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

Opponent Result
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

Opponent Result
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

Opponent Result
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