Frey, Kolodzik Advance To Southern Scuffle Quarterfinals
In its second-to-last day of competition in the calendar year, Princeton saw two of its top wrestlers advance to the quarterfinals of the 2010 Southern Scuffle, one of the premier collegiate wrestling tournaments of the season. Sophomore Garrett Frey (125) and junior Daniel Kolodzik (157) both won at least two matches to remain alive in the championship draw.
Frey, currently ranked 11th nationally, entered the 125-pound weight class as the sixth seed, and opened his day with a bye and a second-round win over Navy's Aaron Kalil by a 5-2 score. He advanced to the quarterfinal with an 8-3 win over Army's David White, and will take on Utah Valley's Ben Kjar in the quarterfinal round. Kjar is ranked 14th nationally, although he is the third seed in the field.
Kolodzik, in the midst of his best collegiate season, had to wrestle the maximum number of matches Wednesday, and he came out unscathed. After a 4-1 win over Penn State's James Vollrath in the field round, he scored a 16-0 technical call over North Carolina's Jonathan Rodebaugh in the second round. All that stood between him and the quarterfinal round was fellow Tar Heel Corey Mock, who brought 19 collegiate wins into their third-round match. Kolodzik earned a 7-5 victory and will take on Indiana's Paul Young in the quarterfinal.
A handful of other Princeton wrestlers remained alive in the hunt for a top-eight finish in the competition. Junior Tony Comunale (133) pinned Cornell's Joseph Stanzione in 4:35 before falling to Minnesota's David Thorn. An 11-8 win over Navy's Tyler Sackett will send him into a consolation round match with Virginia Tech's Erik Spjut.
Freshman Brandon Rolnick has taken the long road in the consolation draw after falling in his tournament opener. An 8-0 shutout of VMI's Mike Long opened his consolation round, and he followed with a 7-4 win over Minnesota's Patrick Smith. His next opponent will be Savva Kostis of Appalachian State.
Freshman Ryan Callahan (174) picked up a 7-2 win to open his championship bracket, but he fell in the third round to North Carolina's Byron Sigmon by a 6-1 score. Like a number of his teamates have already this weekend, Callahan will prepare for a Golden Gopher (Scott Glasser) in the next round.
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