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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
May
08
Friday
M. Tennis
vs. Minnesota (Round of 64) (NCAA Tournament)
- 10:00 AM
W. Water Polo
at Stanford (NCAA Tournament)
- 3:00 PM
W. Lacrosse
vs. Fairfield (NCAA Tournament)
- 7:00 PM
May
09
Saturday
M. Track & Field
at Heptagonals
- All Day
W. Track & Field
at Heptagonals
- All Day
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (NCAA Tournament)
- TBA
W. Tennis
vs. South Carolina (Round of 64) (NCAA Tournament)
- 9:00 AM
M. Tennis
at Virginia/St. John's (Round of 32) (NCAA Tournament)
- 3:00 PM
May
10
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (NCAA Tournament)
- TBA
W. Tennis
at Virginia/VCU (Round of 32) (NCAA Tournament)
- 12:00 PM
May
14
Thursday
M. Golf
vs. NCAA Regionals
- All Day
M. Tennis
vs. NCAA Championships
- TBA
W. Tennis
vs. NCAA Championships
- TBA
May
15
Friday
M. Track & Field
vs. IC4A Championships
- All Day
W. Track & Field
vs. ECAC Championships
- All Day
M. Golf
vs. NCAA Regionals
- All Day
May
16
Saturday
M. Golf
vs. NCAA Regionals
- All Day
May
17
Sunday
W. Rowing - Open
vs. Ivy League Championships
- 8:00 AM
M. Rowing - Heavyweight
vs. Eastern Sprints
- 8:00 AM
M. Rowing - Lightweight
vs. Eastern Sprints
- 9:00 AM
May
28
Thursday
W. Track & Field
at NCAA Regionals
- All Day
M. Track & Field
at NCAA Regionals
- All Day
May
29
Friday
M. Rowing - Heavyweight
vs. IRA Day 1 (IRA National Championships)
- 9:00 AM
W. Rowing - Open
vs. NCAA Day 1 (NCAA Championships)
- 11:00 AM
May
30
Saturday
W. Rowing - Lightweight
vs. IRA National Championships
- 9:00 AM
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