Princeton opened the day with a 21-14 victory over the Drexel Dragons, giving the Tigers a victory in their first dual match of the season. They got right back on the mat and took the final two bouts to turn a 15-15 tie into a 21-15 Princeton win over Army.
Underclassmen provided all six of Princeton's wins over Drexel, a run that started by freshman Jordan Laster, who pulled out a hard-fought 4-3 win at 133. Sophomore Chris Perez, wrestling almost a year after suffering his second ACL injury, followed with a first-period pin of Matt Cimato to open a 9-5 Tiger lead.
Drexel followed with a pair of decisions, and it threatened to take an even bigger lead at 165. Princeton sophomore Judd Ziegler found himself trailing for much of his match against Jason Fugiel, but he rallied in the final seconds for a 7-5 victory. Freshman Brett Harner followed with a 4-3 decision to open a 15-11 lead for Princeton, which gladly welcomed one of its best from last season in the next match.
Sophomore Scott Gibbons led the Tigers in wins last season and placed in the EIWA tournament, but an early injury kept him out of all three early-season tournaments. He got right back on the winning track with an 8-2 decision, though Drexel put itself in position to steal the win with a 3-1 victory at 197.
That left Lampman with the responsibility of staying close to Joe Geiorgio in their heavyweight match, which Princeton entered leading by four team points. Lampman had other ideas besides a close loss, as he scored an early takedown and used that to lead the way to a 4-3 win.
Princeton moved mats for an immediate start in session two against Army, and again Laster helped Princeton early with a 5-2 decision at 133. Sophomore Kevin Moylan picked up his first dual win of the season at 149 over Mark Marchetti (7-4), and freshman Matt Gancayco followed with a 5-3 win at 157.
Army's Coleman Gracey, an EIWA placewinner last year, gave the Black Knights a 12-9 lead at 165 with a decision over Ziegelr, but Harner needed less than one period to flip that deficit. His pin of Alex Smith in 2:52 gave the Tigers a 15-12 lead, though it went back to 15-15 one match later.
Sophomore Abe Ayala put Princeton back on top, as he earned a 6-4 win at 197 to open an 18-15 lead, and Lampman once again handled the closer's pressure in impressive fashion; the sophomore once again scored an early takedown and held off Stephen Snyder for a 3-2 victory.
Princeton will continue its dual season next weekend when it heads to Binghamton for a 1 pm showdown with the Bearcats. In two weeks, the Tigers will welcome Rutgers to Jadwin Gym for a 5 pm matchup; the night will include a tribute to all former N.J. state champions as Princeton celebrates New Jersey wrestling.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (14 and under).
Princeton 21, Drexel 14
125 – Tanner Shoap (D) TF. Trey Aslanian 18-0
133 – Jordan Laster (P) d. David Pearce 4-3
141 – Chris Perez (P) p. Matt Cimato 2:52
149 – Noel Bianco (D) d. Kevin Moylan 7-4
157 – Austin Sommer (D) d. Kyle Roddy 5-2
165 – Judd Ziegler (P) d. Jason Fugiel 7-5
174 – Brett Harner (P) d. Kevin Matyas 4-3
184 – Scott Gibbons (P) d. Alex DeCiantis 8-2
197 – Brandon Palik (D) d. Abe Ayala 3-1
HWT – Cole Lampman (P) d. Joe Geiorgio 4-3
Princeton 21, Army 15
125 – Hunter Wood (A) p. Trey Aslanian 4:28
133 – Jordan Laster (P) d. Logan Everett (A) 5-2
141 – Tyler Rauenzahn (A) d. Chris Perez 8-4
149 – Kevin Moylan (P) d. Mark Marchetti 7-4
157 – Matt Gancayco (P) d. Paul Hancock 5-3
165 – Coleman Gracey (A) d. Judd Ziegler 4-1
174 – Brett Harner (P) p. Alex Smith 2:52
184 – Ryan Tompkins (A) d. Scott Gibbons 9-3
197 – Abe Ayala (P) d. Bryce Barnes 6-4
HWT – Cole Lampman (P) d. Stephen Snyder 3-2