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Daniel Cormier, Ben Askren tweet assist for Stanford wrestling with program on the brink


Former NCAA wrestlers and ex-UFC fighters, Daniel Cormier and Ben Askren, voiced their assist for the Stanford wrestling program.

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, and former welterweight contender, Ben Askren, have been long-time supporters of NCAA Division I school wrestling. After competing at Oklahoma State College and the College of Missouri, respectively, each males went on to have lengthy and profitable MMA careers whereas sustaining wrestling as their major preventing model.

In the summertime of 2020, it was introduced that Stanford’s wrestling program, together with 11 different athletic applications, must discontinue because of funds cuts from the college.

For the reason that announcement, alumni and members of the wrestling neighborhood have expressed their displeasure for the choice by utilizing the hashtag SaveStanfordWrestling on Twitter. Shane Griffith, one of many nation’s greatest wrestlers within the 165-pound division, gained a nationwide championship Saturday.

In response to the college sustaining its choice, Griffith and his fellow teammates wore various colours to ship a message. That’s when Askren and Cormier took discover and added to the dialog on Twitter.

“Shane Griffith is the 2021 NCAA wrestling champ. He wrestles for Stanford, “Cormier wrote. “His singlet is inside out as a result of Stanford is dropping the wrestling program.”

Cormier elaborated additional in a follow-up tweet.

“They’ve really raised over 12 million {dollars},” Cormier wrote. “I don’t perceive why this isn’t getting addressed. Shane is simply the 2nd champ in Stanford [history]. That is loopy.”

Askren took one other step, calling out the official Stanford College account for even giving the information such consideration.

“Why are you tweeting about him regardless of reducing this system after they raised 12 million {dollars},” Askren wrote, as he questioned the college’s stance on the way it really felt about Griffith’s victory.

Daniel Cormier wrestled within the Olympic Video games

Earlier than competing in MMA, Cormier tried to meet a objective of reaching a gold medal after wrestling in school however got here up in need of these aspirations. Right now, Cormier works as a commentator whereas Askren prepares for a struggle with YouTube star, Jake Paul.

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