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Kolodzik Earns Tiger Wrestling's First 1st-Team All-Ivy Honor Since 2003

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/27/2012
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Senior Daniel Kolodzik earned first-team All-Ivy honors at 157.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

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For the first time since the 2003 season, Princeton wrestling is represented on the All-Ivy League first team. Senior Daniel Kolodzik, the first nationally ranked recruit to join Princeton under head coach Chris Ayres, was named first-team All-Ivy on Monday after going 4-0 against league competition.

Joining Kolodzik with 2012 All-Ivy honors are sophomore Adam Krop (second-team, 141) and senior Andy Lowy (honorable mention, 174). The trio combined for 78 wins on the season, including 29 apiece for both Kolodzik and Krop.

Kolodzik became Princeton’s first first-team honoree since Greg Parker ’03 by scoring an impressive 9-1 major decision over second-team honoree Walter Peppelman of Harvard. Peppelman had actually won four straight against Kolodzik, but the Princeton senior controlled his match in a dual meet that would end up being Princeton’s first victory over a nationally ranked squad in more than a decade.

Kolodzik will likely enter this weekend's EIWA Championships as either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed, which will keep him on the other side of Cornell’s Kyle Dake. While Dake is a two-time NCAA champion, he missed most of the Ivy League duals.

"I am thrilled for Daniel that he earned this honor," Ayres said. "His tireless work ethic and dedication to our program helped him put together an amazing senior season. He is a role model to all of the talented youth on our roster. I know he has even bigger goals for this season, starting this weekend at the EIWA Championships."

Krop earned second-team honors after going 4-1 in the league. The third-place finisher at the 2011 Midlands Championships suffered his only loss to probable EIWA top seed Zach Kemmerer of Penn. Krop had a 13-match win streak through much of January and February and joined Kolodzik in the national Top 20.

Lowy had his best year of the season; he will enter the EIWA Championships with great momentum after recording his first 20-win season.

2012 All-Ivy Wrestling Team

Wrestler of the Year
Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197
 
Rookie of the Year
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165
 
First Team (10)
*Frank Perrelli, Cornell, 125
*Steve Keith, Harvard, 133
*Zack Kemmerer, Penn, 141
Steve Santos, Columbia, 149
Daniel Kolodzik, Princeton, 157
*Lorenzo Thomas, Penn, 165
*Stephen West, Columbia, 174
*Steve Bosak, Cornell, 184
*Cam Simaz, Cornell, 197
*Steve Graziano, Penn, 285
 
Second Team (10)
Billy Watterson, Brown, 125
Bryan Ortenzio, Penn, 133
Adam Krop, Princeton, 141
Chris Villalonga, Cornell, 149
Walter Peppelman, Harvard, 157
Craig Eifert, Cornell, 165
David Foxen, Brown, 174
Shane Hughes, Columbia, 184
Micah Burke, Penn, 197
Maceij Jochym, Cornell, 285
 
Honorable Mention (9)
Robert Dyar, Columbia, 125
Kyle Gilchrist, Columbia, 133
Mike Nevinger, Cornell, 141
Stephen Robertson, Penn, 149
Kyle Dake, Cornell, 157
Andy Lowy, Princeton, 174
Ophir Bernstein, Brown, 184
Sterling Hecox, Brown, 197
Kevin Lester, Columbia, 285

*-Unanimous selection

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