Two former New Jersey wrestling stars may have to decide about their careers’ future since Stanford University announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue its wrestling program after this season.
Shane Griffith, a three-time NJSIAA champion from 2014-18, and Nick Addison, a state fourth-place finisher in 2018 and 2019, are two of those who will be affected if Stanford doesn’t change its decision.
After having won the 2018 NJSIAA 160-pound championship for his third state championship, Shane Griffith holds up three fingers in the air with both his hands.
Wrestling was one of 11 sports the Palo Alto school announced it was discontinuing.
Griffith, a four-time state finalist, went 28-0 in 2019-20 and was the Pac-12 Conference 165-pound champion as a redshirt freshman.
He was the No. 3 seed at 165 in the NCAA Tournament after Alex Marinelli – Iowa’s Big Ten champion, and Vincenzo Joseph – Penn State’s two-time national champion and three-time national finalist – before the tournament was canceled.
During his scholastic career, Griffith was the state champion at 132 in 2015, 138 in 2016 and 160 in 2018. He was the runner-up at 152 in 2017. He defeated Rutgers’ Robert Kanniard in the 2018 state final and was defeated by Rutgers’ Stephan Glasgow in the 2017 state final.
Former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional wrestling star Nick Addison is also shown during the 2019 NJSAA 182-pound semifinal. Last season, he went 6-10, 5-8 in dual-meets at 184 pounds as a true freshman.
He was fourth in the state at 170 in 2018 after advancing to the semifinal, and fourth at 182 in 2019 after again advancing to the semifinal. Addison was defeated by Hasbrouck Heights’ state champion Michael O’Malley in 2018 and by Colonia’s John Poznanski, who will be a freshman this fall at Rutgers.
Addison is one of three multiple state medal winners in the history of Rumson-Fair Haven and is tied with 2003 graduate Patrick Berger for the highest state medal finish in the history of Rumson.