Mission

The Cardinal Wrestling Club (CWC) is a not-for-profit organization providing an environment and instruction that prepares wrestlers for competition at the section, state and national level.

Through wrestling and the role that Stanford student-athletes play, the CWC educates, trains and inspires its members to achieve their educational and athletic best.

Coaching

Are you looking to train at the Division 1 level? If so, come train with the CWC. In addition to working with some of the premiere student-athletes from around the greater Bay Area, you will receive high-level instruction and training methods from Coach Varela, Coach Chaid, and the Stanford Wrestling coaching staff. If you aspire for high school wrestling success and an opportunity to compete at the collegiate level, the CWC is the place for you.

Coaches

Greg Varela
Head CWC Coach
16X CCS Champions, Gilroy HS
2X CA State Wrestling Coach of the Year
Most Senior National Champions in CA
Top 10 in CA State 10 consecutive years

Danny Chaid
3rd Place U.S. Senior Open 2019
U23 World Team Trials Runner-Up
2X NCAA Qualifier – North Carolina
2X California State Medalist

Jason Borrelli
Assistant CWC Coach
2X NCAA Qualifier
2X MI State Champion
Head Coach – Stanford University

Ray Blake
Assistant CWC Coach
NCAA Qualifier
IL State Champion
Associate Head Coach – Stanford University

Alex Tirapelle
Assistant CWC Coach
2x NCAA All-American
3x CA State Champion
Assistant Coach – Stanford University

Nate Engel
2018 USA Greco-Roman Junior World Team Coach
2x USA Greco-Roman National Team Member
2007 University National Champion
7x U.S. Open All-American
Director – California RTC
Assistant Coach – Stanford University

Current and former Stanford wrestlers will also occasionally help coach the CWC practices.

Alumni - NCAA Div 1 National Championships

Since 2005, CWC alumni have earned 6 All-American honors at the NCAA Championships.

Jon Jay Chavez – Cornell – 7th (2018)
Paul Fox - Stanford - 8th (2017)
Nikko Triggas – Ohio State – 8th (2010)
Jason Welch – Northwestern – 2nd (2013), 4th (2012), 6th (2011)

Alumni - California High School State Championships

Since 2005, CWC members have won 49 California state medals and 10 state championships.

Steven Abbate – Central Catholic – 5th (2017)
Jorge Barajas – Saint Francis – 4th (2012)
Danny Chaid – Bellarmine – 3rd (2012), 8th (2011)
Jon Jay Chavez – De La Salle – 7th (2012)
Hunter Collins – Gilroy – STATE CHAMP (2008), 3rd (2007), 2nd (2006), 8th (2005)
Ian Cramer – Gunn – 8th (2015)
Alex Felix – Gilroy – 2nd (2018), 3rd (2017), 4th (2016)
Orry Elor – College Park – 3rd (2011), 8th (2010)
Paul Fox – Gilroy – STATE CHAMP (2014), 2nd (2013), 2nd (2012), 8th (2011)
Graham Grant – Saratoga – 4th (2014)
John Hall – Palo Alto – 2nd (2007), 8th (2006)
Adam Hendrickson – Healdsburg – 6th (2012), 6th (2011), 7th (2010)
PJ Klee – Cardinal Newman – 2nd (2014)
Porfirio Madrigal – Healdsburg – 7th (2007)
Drew Meulman – Saint Francis – 2nd (2009), 7th (2008)
Joe Moita – De La Salle – 3rd (2012), 4th (2010)
Nathan Morris – Redwood – 6th (2014)
Dylan Morris – Redwood – 7th (2012)
Victor Pereira – Newark Memorial – 2nd (2012), 2nd (2011), 5th (2010)
Aaron Perez – James Logan – 7th (2018)
Brian Sergi – College Park – STATE CHAMP (2012)
Nikko Triggas – Campolindo – 2nd (2007), STATE CHAMP (2006)
Niko Villarreal – Gilroy – STATE CHAMP (2014), STATE CHAMP (2013), STATE CHAMP (2012), 3rd (2011)
Kayla Walker – Pioneer – 8th (2015)
Jason Welch – Las Lomas – STATE CHAMP (2008), STATE CHAMP (2007), STATE CHAMP (2006)
Joey Wilson – Half Moon Bay – 3rd (2007)