First look at the lineup: Stanford Cardinal

Insight

Head coach: Rob Koll (second season)

Assistants: Enock Francois, Grant Leeth, Ryan Deakin

End of 2022 NCAA Tournament: 19th

2022 NCAA Tournament Points: 31.5

2022 NCAA Tournament record: 10-10

End of Pac-12 Tournament 2022: 3rd

Double record 2022: 5-4 (conference 3-2)

Returning National Qualifiers: Jackson DiSario, Jaden Abas, Shane Griffth, Tyler Eischens, Nick Stemmet

Returning All-Americans: Jaden Abas, Shane Griffith

Last NCAA champion: Shane Griffith (2021)

Highest NCAA team ranking: 11th (2011)

Highest NCAA team ranking under Koll: 19th (2022)

Most winners under Koll: 2 (2022)

Stanford’s projected composition for 2022-23

125: Nico Provo, FR

133: Jackson DiSario, JR

141: Jason Miranda, OS

149: Jaden Abas, SO

157: Charlie Darracott, SO

165: Shane Griffith, JR

174: Tyler Eischens, J.R.

184: Brook Byers, FR

197: Nick Stemmet, SO

285: Peter Ming, OS

Summary

The second season of the Rob Koll era begins after building Cornell University into a national wrestling powerhouse. His success with the Big Red (two finalists, five team trophies and 15 top 10 finishes) has many wondering if he can do something similar at Stanford. The program has never tasted a top 10, so it would be a good place to start as Koll builds on the success of returning national champion and two-time runner-up Shane Griffith. Stanford has the No. 5 overall recruiting class, so the Cardinal should be on an upward trajectory. The program was nearly scrapped after the 2021 NCAA Championships, but Koll’s hiring shows Stanford is serious about building a successful wrestling team.

125: Nico Provo, FR

Provo will likely be the starter after taking a year off. The Green Farms Academy (Connecticut) star had a stellar high school career that included two national prep titles and three New England Prep School championships. Time will tell if Provo is ready for the demands of a college season, but there is optimism about his potential and his future at Stanford. Wyatt Richter and Suhas Chundi will compete for the spot.

133: Jackson DiSario, JR
2022 review: 19-10

DiSario missed the 2022 NCAA championships after qualifying at 125 pounds each of the previous two years. Last season featured a third-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions after a tough schedule that included losses to Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix and Cornell’s Vito Arujau. Kyle Rowan will push DiSario after dealing with a series of injuries.

141: Jason Miranda, OS
2022 review: 7-7

Miranda drops to 141 pounds after spending the previous two seasons at 133. He competed in the Pac 12 Championships in 2021 and is expected to be the starter this season after sitting behind DiSario last year and replacing Real Woods who was transferred to Iowa. Chayse LaJoie will likely wear a red shirt but could see action with new rules that allow freshmen to compete in a handful of early-season varsity competitions.

149: Jaden Abas, SO
2022 results: 19-9
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 1-2

Abas will be a focal point in the lineup as Stanford continues to gain ground. He finished seventh at the 2021 NCAA Championships before qualifying for the 2022 tournament. This San Diego native has a very entertaining style and can go with anyone in the loaded 149-pound field. A return to the national podium is crucial as the Cardinal moves up the national pecking order. Abas has all the tools to make it happen.

Jaden Abas defeated Michael Blockhus at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational 2021

157: Charlie Darracott, SO
2022 review: 18-12

Darracott had a decent year but did not qualify for Nationals despite finishing third at the Pac-12 Championships. Eight of his losses were four points or less, so there’s proof he can be competitive at weight. Freshman Daniel Cardenas — the No. 23 overall rookie of 2022 — isn’t necessarily behind Darracott but, for now, he’ll be redshirted. The new redshirting rules allow Koll to see how he performs before deciding which wrestler will start at the end of the season.

165: Shane Griffith, JR
2022 report: 19-5
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 4-1 (2nd)

Griffith is the team’s heartbeat after winning the 2021 NCAA championships and reaching the Finals in 2022. His 17.5 points at the nationals were more than half of the team’s 31.5 total — so a another deep run is needed for this team to make an ascent. His biggest win of last season was an 8-7 NCAA Tournament semifinal win over Cal Poly’s Evan Wick – an opponent he lost to three times during the season. That weight got tougher with the addition of Iowa State’s David Carr and Princeton’s Quincy Monday. True freshman Hunter Garvin (rookie No. 15 overall) will wear a red shirt but weigh up to 165 pounds after ending his high school career at age 152.

Shane Griffith earned an 8-7 semifinal win at the 2022 NCAA Championships

174: Tyler Eischens, J.R.
2022 review: 20-12
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 1-2

Well, we know that Eischens is capable of putting points on the scoreboard. His 13-12 first-round win over Ohio State’s Ethan Smith at the Nationals proved that. Eischens has dropped his next two, so a few more wins will help the Cardinal cause. The Anoka, Minnesota native qualified for the COVID-cancelled 2020 National Championships at 157 pounds but will continue to hold the 174-pound spot for Stanford after winning the Pac-12 Championships.

184: Brook Byers, FR

Nick Addison is the returning starter after posting a 3-7 season record, but a new face will likely be in the lineup this year. Freshmen Brook Byers, Jack Darrah and Luke Duthie will all be vying for the spot. Byers is just a guess since this spot is really up for grabs with no clear favorite.

197: Nick Stemmet, SO
2022 review: 21-12

Stemmet is a returning domestic qualifier from 2021 but missed out last season. He’s faced a handful of the weight’s top wrestlers and suffered big losses to all five. The Yorkville, Illinois native has gotten bigger, better and stronger this offseason and should add stability to the roster. The team will need him to do great things over the next two seasons as Stanford continues to grow.

285: Peter Ming, OS
2022 review: 12-14

Ming added 30 pounds this offseason, so Koll expects that translates to more wins in 2023. Arizona State at the conference. Qualifying for the Nationals would be a big step for the sophomore Cardinal.

What will be the Cardinal’s place in the NCAA?

Looks like Stanford is a year away from making a breakthrough. Griffith and Abas offer stability and NCAA championship point potential, but there are too many unknowns to accurately predict where this team will end up. Provo should be a solid addition to the team and there are quality options at 184 pounds. It all depends on who will be in the red shirt and who will be in the lineup for the post-season tournaments. Koll has talent, but some of it could be on display next season. Another top 20 in 2023 will keep the Cardinal on pace for a potential top 10 in the future.

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