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Wrestling Team Heads To The Palestra For Annual Keystone Classic

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/16/2012
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Junior Dan Santoro took fourth at the 2011 Keystone Open.
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2012-13 Season Preview

Last year, the Keystone Open served as a launching point for the likes of Daniel Kolodzik and Garrett Frey, and head coach Chris Ayres hopes it can do the same for several other Tigers this season.

One year after placing an Ivy-best fourth at the Keystone Open, hosted by Penn at the Palestra, Princeton returns to compete with 14 other programs at the one-day event. A tentative schedule can be found at the bottom of this release.

Six Tigers placed last year, including Frey, who reached the final at 125. Junior co-captain Dan Santoro (174) also placed fourth in the event. Frey reached the finals at 125, where he fell 8-3 to nationally ranked Levi Mele of Northwestern. It's possible that Frey could see Mele once again, as both are likely to compete at 133 this year.

Princeton is coming off a solid start to its season last weekend at the Binghamton Open, where four Tigers placed. Three (Abe Ayala, Scott Gibbons and Judd Ziegler) were freshmen making their collegiate debuts, while the fourth was senior co-captain Zach Bintliff.

Both Ayala and Ziegler compete at 165, and both could see a pair of Top 20 opponents in 14th-ranked Pierce Harger of Northwestern and 20th-ranked Ryan LeBlanc of Indiana. Both Bintliff (149) and Gibbons (184) could see more open fields, as neither weight features a competitor currently ranked inside the Top 20.

Tentative Keystone Schedule
9:00 a.m. - Championship First Round
10:00 a.m. - Championship Second Round
12:00 p.m. - Championship Quarterfinals and Consolation First Round
2:00 p.m. Consolation Second Round
3:00 p.m. - Championship Semifinals and Consolation Third Round
4:30 p.m. - Consolation Fourth Round
5:15 p.m. - Consolation Semifinals
6:00 p.m. Championship Finals, Third and Fifth-Place Matches

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PNC Schedule
> Full Schedule and Results
February
20
Friday
Softball
vs. Albany (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 2:30 PM
Softball
vs. Florida Atlantic (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 7:00 PM
February
21
Saturday
Softball
vs. Florida A&M (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
Softball
vs. North Florida (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 12:15 PM
February
22
Sunday
Softball
vs. North Florida (Florida Atlantic Tournament)
- 9:00 AM
February
27
Friday
Softball
vs. Florida A&M (UCF Tournament)
- 11:30 AM
Softball
at UCF (UCF Tournament)
- 4:00 PM
February
28
Saturday
Softball
vs. Long Island (UCF Tournament)
- 9:30 AM
Softball
vs. Iowa (UCF Tournament)
- 11:30 AM
March
01
Sunday
Softball
vs. UCF Tournament Final/Consolation (UCF Tournament)
- TBA
March
14
Saturday
Softball
at George Washington (George Washington/Maryland Tournament)
- 1:15 PM
Softball
vs. Drexel (George Washington/Maryland Tournament)
- 3:30 PM
March
15
Sunday
Softball
vs. Lafayette (George Washington/Maryland Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
Softball
at Maryland (George Washington/Maryland Tournament)
- 12:15 PM
March
17
Tuesday
Softball
at Georgetown (Game 1)
- 4:00 PM
Softball
at Georgetown (Game 2)
- 6:00 PM
March
18
Wednesday
Softball
at George Mason (Game 1)
- 3:00 PM
Softball
at George Mason (Game 2)
- 5:00 PM
March
19
Thursday
Softball
vs. Rider (Liberty Tournament)
- 5:00 PM
March
20
Friday
Softball
vs. Kent State (Liberty Tournament)
- 12:15 PM
Softball
at Liberty (Liberty Tournament)
- 7:30 PM
March
21
Saturday
Softball
vs. North Carolina Central (Liberty Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
Softball
vs. Toledo (Liberty Tournament)
- 2:30 PM
March
25
Wednesday
Softball
at Monmouth
- 4:00 PM
March
27
Friday
Softball
vs. Yale (Game 1)
- 2:00 PM
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