Stanford redshirt sophomore Garet Krohn was one of 49 wrestlers to receive an at-large berth into the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Stanford now has set a program record with six individual NCAA qualifiers in 2015-16.
"I am really excited for Garet! He had a very solid regular season and has consistently improved throughout the year," stated eighth-year head coach Jason Borrelli. "We certainly felt that he earned the opportunity to wrestle at the NCAA championships, and it's refreshing to learn that the NCAA selection committee felt the same way."
Krohn, who is 20-8 at 184 pounds this season, placed third at the Pac-12 Championships on Feb. 27. He will be making his first postseason appearance, competing in the NCAA Championships in New York City's Madison Square Garden, March 17-19.
Joining Krohn in New York City next week are redshirt junior Jim Wilson, redshirt sophomores Nathan Butler, Connor Schram and Keaton Subjeck, and freshman Joey McKenna.
Wilson (165 pounds), Schram (125 pounds) and McKenna (141 pounds) all won Pac-12 titles, while Butler (285 pounds) finished second and Subjeck (174 pounds) won a true second-place match at the conference tournament to receive automatic bids into the championships.
"Any time you are part of history it's a good feeling and qualifying six wrestlers to the NCAA championships is a big step for our program," said an excited Borrelli. "It validates that those involved (the student-athletes, coaches, and support staff) are doing the right things and that we are moving in the right direction as a program.
"We still have a lot of work ahead, as the end goal is to have all six wrestlers competing on the final day of the NCAA tournament next week."
The at-large selections were made by the Division I Wrestling Committee using the following selection criteria: head-to-head competition, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking, qualifying event placement, and number of matches contested at that weight class.