A pair of Stanford wrestlers reach the NCAA quarterfinals


Redshirt sophomore Connor Schram and freshman Joey McKenna have advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Madison Square Garden, each winning a pair of bouts on Thursday.

Schram, the No. 10 seed at 125 pounds, registered two nearfall points in the third period to secure a 3-1 decision over seventh-seeded Darian Cruz of Lehigh in the second round. He improves to 22-5 on the year and will meet No. 15 seed David Terao of American in Friday's quarterfinal round.

Connor Schram
Joining Schram in the quarterfinals is McKenna, who posted a 4-2 decisin over No. 15 seed Brock Zacherl of Clarion. McKenna notched a takedown in the opening period and tacked on an escape in the third and 1:29 of riding time to improve to 24-2 on the season.

The win ties McKenna for ninth all-time on the Cardinal's freshman wins list with Zach Zimmerer (1996-97). He will wrestle No. 7 seed Solomon Chishko of Virginia Tech on Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

Returning All-American Jim Wilson, the No. 13 seed at 165 pounds, dropped a 5-1 decision to fourth-seeded Daniel Lewis of Missouri in the Round of 16. He is now 25-7 on the year and will take on Tyler Buckwalter (Kent State) in the consolation bracket Friday morning.

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler, seeded 16th at 285 pounds, lost a 16-4 major decision to top-seeded and two-time defending national champion Nick Gwiazdowski of NC State.

Butler is now 26-8 on the year and will continue the tournament in the consolation bracket Friday morning against either Garrett Ryan (Columbia) or Antonio Pelusi (Franklin & Marshall).

Redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Garet Krohn also remains alive in the tournament after registering a 7-5 decision over Wisconsin's Ryan Christensen in the consolation bracket. Krohn tallied three takedowns and an escape to move to 21-9 overall.

Redshirt sophomore Keaton Subjeck (174 pounds) was eliminated from the tournament after dropping a 7-4 decision to Clarion's Michael Pavasko in the consolation bracket. He ends his season with a 21-9 overall record.

— Stanford Athletics

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