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Stanford Wrestling | Freshmen Champs Real Woods, Shane Griffith and Haydn Maley win titles at the Princeton Open

Posted November 5, 2018 by in

PRINCETON, N.J. – Three Stanford freshmen earned tournament titles and seven Cardinal placed overall at the Princeton Open, Sunday, at Jadwin Gymnasium.

True freshman Real Woods and Shane Griffith secured the 141 and 165 pound title, respectively, while redshirt freshman Haydn Maley took home the heavyweight championship for the Cardinal.

In his first collegiate action, Woods went 5-0 in the tournament and shut out No. 14 Nate Limmex of Purdue, 4-0, in the championship at 141 pounds. Griffith was also 5-0 on the day and earned a 2-0 decision over Army’s Brad Laughlin in the 165-pound finals.

Maley was 4-0 on the day and met a familiar foe in the finals at heavyweight – teammate David Showunmi. Maley edged out the win, 8-6, in overtime over Showunmi, who has moved up a weight class this season.

Redshirt sophomore Requir van der Merwe advanced to the finals at 149 pounds, where he finished as the runner-up to 20th-ranked Alfred Bannister of Maryland. Redshirt sophomore Nathan Traxler, who started the season ranked No. 7 at 197 pounds, dropped a hard-fought 8-5 decision to No. 10 Patrick Brucki of Princeton in the finals. The returning NCAA qualifier defeated No. 12 Christian Brunner of Purdue, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Junior Gabriel Townsell, who is ranked No. 19 at 125 pounds, took fifth after falling to No. 16 Devin Schroder of Purdue, 4-2, in sudden victory in the quarterfinals. He defeated Lehigh’s Jaret Lane, 9-6, in the fifth-place bout.

In total, 13 Cardinal competed in the Princeton Open, all finishing at least 2-2.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week to play host to San Francisco State in its home opener on Saturday. The Cardinal and Gators will take the dual outside and wrestle at Fan Fest prior to the Stanford-Oregon State football game.

#19 Gabriel Townsell, 125 pounds | 4-1 (5th)

Opponent Result
fall Michael Kelly (Columbia) F4:20
lost to #16 Devin Schroder (Purdue) 4-2 (SV)
dec. Trey Chilafoux (Army) 13-8
dec. Joe Manchio (Columbia) 9-7
dec. Jaret Lane (Lehigh) 9-6

Real Woods, 141 pounds | 5-0 (1st)

Opponent Result
tech. fall Jake Adkins (Princeton) 16-1
dec. Corey Shie (Army) 9-5
won by MFF over #7 Sa’Deria Perry (Old Dominion) MFF
dec. Dann Fongaro (Columbia) 7-2
dec. #14 Nate Limmex (Purdue) 4-0

Dalton Young, 141 pounds | 3-2

Opponent Result
dec. Peter Ogunsanya (Army) 5-3
tech. fall Sam Mandlebraut (Rider) 16-0
lost to #14 Nate Limmex (Purdue) 7-3
dec. Danny Bertoni (Maryland) 4-3
lost to Marshall Keller (Princeton) 6-5

Requir van der Merwe, 149 pounds | 4-1 (2nd)

Opponent Result
dec. Markus Hartman (Army) 6-2
tech. fall Mason Rambarose (Sacred Heart) 17-0
dec. Riley Jacobs (Columbia) 4-1
dec. Brett Kaliner (Stevens Institute) 8-6
lost to #20 Alfred Bannister (Maryland) 3-2

Jared Hill, 157 pounds | 3-2

Opponent Result
lost to Mike D’Angelo (NJ RTC) 14-4
won by MFF over Christian Hunt (USMAPS) MFF
dec. Jahi Jones (Maryland) 5-2
dec. Jack Fisher (Army) 8-2
lost to Gino Fluri (Rider) 9-5

Ethan Woods, 157 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
lost to Christian Hunt (USMAPS) 6-3
fall Quentin Milliken (Rider) F2:42
dec. Gary Dinmore (Rider) 5-4
lost to Kevin Budock (Old Dominion) 11-3

Shane Griffith, 165 pounds | 5-0 (1st)

Opponent Result
fall Will Schmidt (Sacred Heart) F6:11
tech. fall Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 18-3
won by injury default over Cael McCormick (Army) Inj. Def. (6:12)
dec. Cole Wysocki (Purdue) 4-1
dec. Brad Laughlin (Army) 2-0

Dominick Mandarino, 165 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
dec. Brandon Levesque (Sacred Heart) 13-7
lost to Brad Laughlin (Army) 4-3
tech. fall Will Schmidt (Sacred Heart) 16-1
lost to Laurence Kosoy (Columbia) 4-3

Rico Stormer, 174 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
dec. Sahm Abdulrazzaq (USMAPS) 3-1
lost to #10 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) 18-8
dec. Sam Williams (Army) 6-2
lost to Anthony Olivieri (Rutgers) F3:12

Austin Flores, 184 pounds | 2-2

Opponent Result
lost to Andrew Prince (Lehigh) 8-7 (OT)
tech. fall Andrew Shedleski (Lehigh) 19-1
fall Niko Cappello (Maryland) F4:52
lost to Noah Stewart (Army) 13-3

#7 Nathan Traxler, 197 pounds | 4-1 (2nd)

Opponent Result
fall Matt Correnti (Rutgers) F2:52
tech. fall Connor Fredericks (Sacred Heart) 19-2
tech. fall Ethan Laird (Rider) 16-0
dec. #12 Christian Brunner (Purdue) 6-3
lost to #10 Patrick Brucki (Princeton) 8-5

Haydn Maley, 285 pounds | 4-0 (1st)

Opponent Result
dec. Ben Sullivan (Army) 3-2
dec. Daniel Herman (Columbia) 3-2
fall Lewis Fernandes (Buxton WC) F2:52
dec. David Showunmi (Stanford) 8-6 (OT)

David Showunmi, 285 pounds | 4-1 (2nd)

Opponent Result
dec. Eric Keosseian (Army) 8-6 (OT)
dec. River Henry (Old Dominion) 5-2
dec. Brandon Phillips (Army) 6-2
won by MFF over Will Hilliard (Old Dominion) MFF
lost to Haydn Maley (Stanford) 8-6 (OT)


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