Princeton is an improved program with sixth year head coach Chris Ayers, first year head assistant Sean Gray, and assistant Joe Jamison. They are coming off a solid 4th place showing at the Keystone Classic. They also had six place winners at the Binghamton Open. They are led by two-time National Qualifier, Garrett Frey and senior captain Dan Kolodzik.
125 – Co-captain, Frey, is a two-time National Qualifier and has been ranked in the top 15 in the country. He is 13-3 on the season with a tournament championship at the Clarion Open, 2nd place showing at the Keystone Classic, and a 3rd place finish at the Binghamton Open. Frey is good on bottom at creating scrambles and has a solid double leg attack.
133 – Chris Perez was a huge pick-up for Princeton last season. He is just a freshman but was a NHSCA Senior National Runner-Up last year. He has already begun his collegiate career with success by placing 5th at the Binghamton Open and 5th at the Keystone Classic. He has seven wins so far this year. He likes to snap and shoot and also likes to shoot a single to his opponent’s right leg.
141 – Adam Krop is a sophomore that starts for the Tigers again this year with a 9-3 record. He placed 3rd at the Keystone Classic and 3rd at the Binghamton Open this year. Krop rides well on top and likes to drop to a leg from the top position. On his feet he likes slide-byes and low shots.
149 – Zach Bintliff is a junior that placed at the EIWA Championships last season. This is his third year in the starting line-up for Princeton. He placed 5th at the Binghamton Open this season. He stays in good position and is tough to score on. He also likes to use elbow passes.
157 – Senior co-captain, Kolodzik, is in his fourth and final year in the starting line-up for the Tigers. He placed at the Southern Scuffle and the EIWA Championships last season. He is 9-3 so far this year with a top eight finish at the Binghamton Open and a 2nd place showing at the Keystone Classic. Kolodzik is good on his feet but is even better on top and likes to turn his opponent with a left leg ride.
165 – This weight could be manned by either sophomore Brandon Rolnick or freshman Rich Eva. Rolnick placed 6th at the Binghamton Open this year and is the returning starter. Rolnick will look to score off of a two-on-one. Eva is a true freshman that was a three-time Virginia State Champion. Eva has only competed in five bouts this year but looks to have a bright future for the Tigers.
174 – Andy Lowy is a senior in his fourth year as a starter for the Tigers. He is a seasoned veteran that has competed against a lot of great completion over the last few years. He recently placed 5th at the Keystone Classic.
184 – Dan Santoro is a sophomore and returning starter. He has ten wins already this season, which ranks as the second most on the team. He won his first tournament this year at the Clarion Open and followed that up with a 4th place finish at the Keystone Open. Santoro wrestled at both 184 and 197 pounds last year and will try to use his size as an advantage.
197 – Kurt Brendel is a senior and a wily veteran for Princeton. He is one of three seniors in Princeton’s starting line-up. He wrestles hard and moves forward. Brendel finished in the top eight this year at the Keystone Classic a few weeks ago.
285 – Charles Fox, a junior, is in his third year as a starter for the Tigers. He wrestled well at the Keystone Classic and finished in the top eight at that tournament. He is a smaller heavyweight that likes to use his speed and shoot.
We will tweet the results of the Princeton dual meet. Fans can also pay to watch the Princeton match on the Princeton Website by clicking here. Tomorrow, I will have a preview of the Penn State Open. We will also have an post on Sunday about some of the recognition that we are receiving.