As successful as the Thursday night session was for the Princeton wrestling team at the 2012 NCAA Championships, Friday morning proved to be equally tough. Senior Daniel Kolodzik was knocked out of the championship bracket at 157, while both Garrett Frey (125) and Adam Krop (141) were eliminated from the wrestlebacks.
Kolodzik's dreams of capping his Princeton career with All-America honors are seven minutes away, but the challenge doesn't get any easier. After being knocked out of the championship chase 7-3 by fifth-seeded Ganbayar Sanjaa of American, he will take on sixth-seeded James Fleming of Clarion in the consolation Round of 12. Princeton hasn't had an All-America since Greg Parker '03 finished eighth at the 2003 NCAA championships.
Kolodzik opened as the aggressor in his quarterfinal duel, scoring a quick takedown of Sanjaa to grab an early 2-0 lead. It was a far different start than his EIWA third-place match against Sanjaa, who opened that showdown with an early five-point move that left Kolodzik in too deep a hole to recover.
Sanjaa evened the match at 2 with a reversal in the first, and he rode Kolodzik the entire second period to grab the edge in riding time. The ride included two back points in the final 10 seconds, which left Kolodzik in a 4-2 hole. Sanjaa started the third in the neutral position and lost a point to stalling midway through the third. That opened the door for Kolodzik, who was the aggressor late in the period. A late attempt was countered, and Sanjaa finished a 7-3 win with a takedown.
Kolodzik will now face Fleming, who reached the consolation Round of 12 with a 15-0 technical fall in his last match. The two didn't meet this season.
Frey and Krop both lost their first matches of the consolation draw. Frey had the unfortunate luck of drawing third-seeded Alan Waters of Missouri Friday morning; Waters controlled the match, scoring a 15-0 technical fall. Krop got caught by Michael Nevinger of Cornell and pinned at the 2:01 mark.