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.


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 our coaches 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.

Chris Caldwell

Chris is a former NCAA D1 wrestler who graduated from Boise State with undergraduate degrees in finance and economics. After graduation, Chris worked for 2.5 years as an investment banking analyst covering technology companies. Desiring the opportunity to get back on the mat, Chris spent 1 year in the Middle East coaching for Wrestling4Peace, which is an initiative launched by USA Wrestling to transcend borders/cultures and bring people together through the sport of wrestling. Chris was lucky enough to have spent 6 years coaching and learning under the legendary Ivan Ivanov at Suples Training Systems and looks forward to continued coaching success at the CWC.

Ahad Javansalehi

Ahad was a two-time Olympian and four-time Asian medalist competing for Iran in the early 1990s. He was a member of the 2013 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team staff, and has helped coach U.S. Senior teams at the 2014 World Cup in Iran and the 2014 Granma Cup in Cuba. For the past 7 years he has worked with Cornell’s Spartan RTC. During this time, he placed one wrestler on the senior world team, had one Junior silver medalist, and numerous Cadet World Team members.

Grant Leeth

Grant wrestled at Missouri where he was an All American and conference champion. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and an MBA.

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

RTC Athletes

Tyler Berger
2019 NCAA Finalist -3x NCAA All-American -2x NWCA All-Academic Team -4x Academic All Big 10 Selection – 3x Tom Osborne Citizenship Team Award

Ben Honis
Ben wrestled at Cornell were he earned All American honors. After finishing his wrestling eligibility he played football at Syracuse. He has placed 2nd and 5th at the US open and competed in the Olympic trials.

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

Stanford Wrestling Coaches

Occasionally, the Stanford Coaches will run workouts.

Rob Koll, Matt Gentry Head Wrestling Coach
Enock Francois, Stanford Assistant Coach
Vincenzo Joseph, Stanford Assistant Coach

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)
*Disclaimer: Cardinal Wrestling Club is an independent organization. Cardinal Wrestling Club is not Stanford University's agent or 'partner', or supported or endorsed by the University. The University does not indemnify or accept responsibility for any representations, activities, negligent acts, failure to act properly, and/or omissions, of the Cardinal Wrestling Club, its directors, officers, agents, employees, contractors, representatives, or members.