Functional Athlete – Wall of Fame Teammate

Gabriel Townsell

Gabriel Townsell

School – University of Stanford
Sport – Men’s Wrestling
Level – NCAA Division 1

As a Freshman (2016-17)

  • Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 3)
  • 18-11 overall and 7-1 in duals taking over as Stanford’s starter at 125 pounds in December
  • Earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Finished 2-2 at NCAAs, including a 9-4 win over 16th-seeded Conor Youtsey (Michigan)
  • Took fourth at the Pac-12 Championships (Feb. 26) in Maples Pavilion
  • Knocked-off three top 13 opponents en route to a fifth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 1-2) in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Runner-up in greco at the UWW Junior National Championships at 55 kg
  • NWCA Academic All-America

High School

  • A 2016 graduate of Oak Park & River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill.
  • Four-year letterwinner, captained the team as a senior
  • National champions in 2015
  • Three-time state champions (2014-16)
  • Four-time regional and sectional champions (2013-16)
  • Ranked as high as eighth in the country
  • Three-time all-state, placing third in 2015 and 2016, and fourth in 2014
  • Three-time All-American (Folkstyle) in 2013 (4th), 2014 (2nd), and 2016 (3rd)
  • Two-time Ironman placer, taking 8th in 2014 and 4th in 2015
  • Two-time All-American (Greco-Roman), taking fifth at the Cadet World Team Trials, and third at the Junior World Team Trials
  • Two-time All-American (Freestyle), finishing third at the Cadet World Team Trials and second at Cadet Nationals
  • Four-time Fargo national finalist, placing first in Cadet Greco-Roman and Junior Greco-Roman, and second in Cadet Freestyle and Junior Greco-Roman
  • Three-time all-conference (2013-15)
  • Academic all-conference (2015-16)


  • Son of Richard and Stephanie Townsell
  • Has an older sister, Lena
  • Father wrestled at Northwestern
  • Anticipating a major in economics and a career as an investment banker
  • Full name is Richard Gabriel Townsell