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Wrestling Trio Ready For NCAA Championships Thursday; Video Links Included
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 03/14/2012

2012 NCAA Championship Brackets

VIDEO STREAM LINKS
Thursday, Session 1: Mat 1 l Mat 2 l Mat 3 l Mat 4
Thursday, Session 2: Mat 1 l Mat 2 l Mat 3 l Mat 4
Friday, Quarterfinals: Mat 1 l Mat 2 l Mat 3 l Mat 4
Friday, Semifinals: All Mats
Saturday, Medal Round: All Mats
Saturday, Championships: One Mat

Senior Daniel Kolodzik, junior Garrett Frey and sophomore Adam Krop have landed in St. Louis and will open competition in the 2012 NCAA Championships Thursday at noon.

ESPN will provide coverage of the complete championship weekend. Both sessions on Thursday (12 p.m./7:30 p.m.) will be shown on ESPN3, with links provided above. Friday's quarterfinal session (11 a.m.) can be seen on both ESPNU HD and ESPN3, while the semifinal session that night (7 p.m.) will also be on ESPNU HD/ESPN3. Championship Saturday will begin with wrestleback semifinals and place finals at 11 a.m. (ESPNU HD/ESPN3). The championship finals will be shown live on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.

Frey is making his third trip to the NCAA Championships, while both Kolodzik and Krop are making their debuts. None are seeded, but none face a top-eight wrestler in the first round.

"The guys are looking good and excited to get this started," head coach Chris Ayres said. "It's good to have multiple guys here. When it was all about Garrett, I think it was a little tough on him. It's nice to have more of a team feeling here this week, and I'm excited to see what we do tomorrow."

Frey is the most experienced Princeton wrestler at this stage, as he will be competing in his third consecutive NCAA Championships. He is currently 26-9 and placed second at the EIWA Championships, held two weeks ago at Jadwin Gym. He will open the 125-pound competition against ninth-seeded Levi Mele of Northwestern, who comes into the tournament with a 30-6 record.

Frey and Mele met at the Keystone Open in November, and Mele took an 8-3 decision. The winner of that match will face either eighth-seeded Ryan Mango of Stanford or Shane Young of West Virginia. Frey is 2-8 against the field for this year's NCAA Championships, with his wins coming against Vince Rodriguez (George Mason) and Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech).

Krop, who earned one of the four 141-pound at-large bids to the NCAAs after defaulting out of the EIWAs with an injury, will take on 12th-seeded Tyler Small of Kent State in the first round. Krop went 30-10, and he has big-time tournament experience after finishing third at the prestigious Midlands Championships. Small is 30-9 this season.

The winner of the Krop-Small match will face either fifth-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State or EIWA foe Richard Durso of Franklin & Marshall. Krop hasn't faced Stieber, but he defeated Durso 8-2 less than a month ago.

Krop is 7-5 againstt the NCAA tournament field, including a win over 11th-seeded Matthew Mariacher of American.

Kolodzik will be in an unseeded matchup in the first round at 157. The senior first-team All-Ivy League selection will bring his 31-9 record into a showdown with Maryland's Kyle John (23-9). The winner of the match will face either fourth-seeded Walter Peppelman of Harvard or David Bonin of Northern Iowa.

Kolodzik and Peppelman split a pair of matches this season; Kolodzik won the latter of the two with a 9-1 major decision in the 25-14 dual meet with over 23rd-ranked Harvard. That victory helped Kolodzik earn first-team All-Ivy honors. Kolodzik also scored a 12-4 major decision over Bonin at the Midlands Championships.

Kolodzik is 8-6 against the NCAA tournament field, including two wins over seeded wrestlers (No. 4 Peppelman and No. 12 Steven Monk).

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