Stanford discontinues wrestling program, 10 additional sports

Stanford head wrestling coach Jason Borrelli (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Stanford University announced Wednesday that it will discontinue its wrestling program, along with 10 other varsity sports, at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

According to Stanford, the discontinued programs will be able to complete their 2020-21 seasons "should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 allow it."

In addition to wrestling, Stanford eliminated men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's volleyball, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash and synchronized swimming.

"Providing 36 varsity teams with the level of support that they deserve has become a serious and growing financial challenge," Stanford said in a statement. "We now face the reality that significant change is needed to create fiscal stability for Stanford Athletics, and to provide the support we believe is essential for our student-athletes to excel.

"This is heartbreaking news to share. These 11 programs consist of more than 240 incredible student-athletes and 22 dedicated coaches. They were built by more than 4,000 alumni whose contributions led to 20 national championships, 27 Olympic medals, and an untold number of academic and professional achievements. Each of the individuals associated with these programs will forever have a place in Stanford's history."

Stanford's wrestling program, under the leadership of Jason Borrelli, finished this past season with a dual meet record of 11-4 and runner-up at the Pac-12 Championships.

Freshmen Real Woods (141) and Shane Griffith (165) won Pac-12 titles this year.

The program has produced several All-Americans in its history, including a national champion, Matt Gentry, in 2004.


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ban basketball (1) about 5 months ago
Yowza, didn't see that coming! Stanford has always been my second favorite team. Real'd look great in purple, my friend!
DannyClarke (3) about 5 months ago
"Providing 36 varsity teams with the level of support that they deserve has become a serious and growing financial challenge," Stanford said in a statement.

This is an absolute GARBAGE, and frankly BS reason for Stanford to discontinue a program. Stanford has an endowment of 27 Billion dollars making it a top 5 richest university in the country. Only behind the likes of Harvard and Yale. That means they have more money than the other 5,300 universities in the United States. Many of which have wrestling programs.

This is about not caring about wrestling. Nothing more nothing less.
cradleman (1) about 5 months ago
Hopefully they will be allowed to raise funds to self support.
ban basketball (1) about 5 months ago
What people don't always know is that athletic budgets are operated separately from academic budgets. So, regardless of the size of a college's endowment fund, unless that money is endowed toward athletics-rarely it is-those billions of dollars can do NOTHING to assist athletic budgets.

With that said, and a perpetual sore spot with me, because they are separate, institutions that brings in enormous sums of money into their athletics departments do not share those monies with the academic departments within their institutions. That's why your tuition and costs rise to offset the lost revenue, all the while an athletic department operates with almost unlimited resources.
George Totura (1) about 5 months ago
The cancellation of these programs connects directly to the poor attendance at Stanford football games, which sapped the athletic department of the funds needed for other sports. The Cardinal typically attracted less than 40,000 to their home football games last year. The exceeded 40,000 only once, and was for a Norte Dame game that still drew less than 50,000 in a stadium with a holding capacity of 80,000 plus. Compare that to Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State which put 100,000 in their football stadiums, and therefore have fully funded athletic departments.
Amanmamgain (1) about 5 months ago
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