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Olympic gold: 'Keep Stanford Wrestling' aims to save program

The Stanford logo was missing on Shane Griffith's all-black wrestling singlet when he won an NCAA national title last month.

By design. To draw attention. He also celebrated his victory at 165 pounds by donning a black sweatshirt which read: “Keep Stanford Wrestling.” Griffith's way — his team’s way — of making a statement after the school announced in July that wrestling, which has been at Stanford since 1916, and 10 other sports would be dropped to save money.

The Cardinal wrestling community organized fundraising efforts and has raised about $12.5 million so far. The program may not be pinned to the mat just yet — or so they're optimistically hoping. “We’re still in confusion and kind of in denial of what happened,” said Griffith, who

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