Stanford’s wrestling program released a statement Tuesday.

On July 8, our student-athletes and coaches were blindsided when Stanford announced its intention to eliminate wrestling and ten other varsity athletics programs at the conclusion of this season due to fiscal concerns.

Though shocked, our team immediately decided that it would band together and do what wrestlers do best — work to persevere through adversity. We began developing and executing a plan to reverse the university’s decision and establish an endowment that would not only ensure wrestling’s place at Stanford, but help preserve collegiate wrestling’s presence on the West Coast and nationally.

The resilience and determination our team has demonstrated has been inspi