OT Victories Lead Wrestling Team To First Dual Win Of The Season
A pair of overtime victories by sophomores Bobby Grogan and Zach Bintliff helped the Princeton wrestling team to its first victory of the 2009-10 season Saturday during a tri-meet at Rutgers. The Tigers defeated George Mason 29-16, but fell 42-0 to nationally ranked Rutgers in the evening finale.
Grogan picked up his first dual meet win of the season with an overtime takedown of Hunter Mansplie for a 3-1 victory. That win, combined with a first-period pin by 13th-ranked Garrett Frey at 125 pounds, gave Princeton a 9-0 lead through two matches. A forfeit victory opened the lead to 15-0, and Bintliff followed with an exciting 6-4 overtime win at 141 pounds.
Bintliff was coming off a wild 9-5 over Binghamton's Anwar Goeres last weekend, where a late five-point move sent Bintliff to the win, and he built on that momentum with a win over Danny Herndon.
George Mason would pick up seven points over the next two matches, but junior Daniel Kolodzik picked up a much-needed win at 165. He dominated Shohei Takagi during a 15-0 technical fall that ended at the 5:41 mark. A forfeit win at 184 gave Princeton its final six points in the 29-16 win.
The nightcap belonged to the home team, as Rutgers controlled the match from the start. One Tiger highlight came from freshman Brandon Rolnick, who limited the fifth-ranked Mario Mason to a decision victory at 149.
Princeton will host its final home match until February Sunday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Rider.
Princeton 29, George Mason 16
285: Bobby Grogan (PU) dec. Hunter Mansplie (GM), 3-1 (OT); Princeton leads, 3-0
125: No. 13 Garrett Frey (PU) pins Zack Huxford (GM), 2:42; Princeton leads, 9-0
133: George Mason forfeits; Princeton leads, 15-0
141: Zach Bintliff (PU) dec. Denny Herndon (GM), 6-4 (OT); Princeton leads, 18-0
149: Brandon Bucher (GM) m. dec. Brandon Rolnick (PU); 16-3, Princeton leads, 18-4
157: Aaron Keeton (GM) dec. Jason Ott (PU); 5-1, Princeton leads, 18-7
165: Daniel Kolodzik (PU) tech. fall Shohei Takagi (GM); 15-0 (5:41), Princeton leads, 23-7
174: Greg Scott (GM) pins Jacob Herskind (PU); 4:45, Princeton leads, 23-13
184: George Mason forfeits; Princeton leads, 29-13
197: No. 6 Cayle Byers (GM) dec. Charles Fox (Princeton), 11-5; Princeton wins, 29-16
Rutgers 42, Princeton 0
285: No. 3 DJ Russo (RU) pins Bobby Grogan (PU), 2:59; Rutgers leads, 6-0
125: Joe Langel (RU) dec. No. 13 Garrett Frey (PU), 6-4; Rutgers leads, 9-0
133: Mike DeMarco (RU) dec. Adam Kropp (PU), 5-2; Rutgers leads, 12-0
141: Trevor Melde (RU) dec. Zach Bintliff (PU), 4-1; Rutgers leads, 15-0
149: No. 5 Mario Mason (RU) dec. Brandon Rolnick (PU), 9-3; Rutgers leads, 18-0
157: Daryl Cocozzo (RU) m. dec. Daniel Kolodzik (PU), 14-2; Rutgers leads, 22-0
165: Princeton forfeits; Rutgers leads, 28-0
174: Princeton forfeits; Rutgers leads, 34-0
184: Dan Rinaldi (RU) tech. fall Travis Erdman (PU), 16-1 (7:00); Rutgers leads, 39-0
197: Mike Wagner (RU) dec. Charles Fox (PU), 6-1; Rutgers wins, 42-0