Wrestling Earns Five Placewinners In Franklin & Marshall Open
In its first team performance of 2013, the Princeton wrestling team had five placewinners at the 2013 Franklin & Marshall Open. Three freshmen and a pair of co-captains finished the day on the podium, including two who finished in third place.
Junior co-captain Dan Santoro, who has battled injuries all season, had his best day of the 2012-13 season with a strong run at 197 pounds. After two wins in the championship draw, he fell to eventual champion Paul Rands of Navy and moved to the wrestlebacks. He caught fire from there, winning four straight decisions, including a 6-3 match over Lehigh's Dave Quakenbos for third.
Freshman Scott Gibbons, who came into the tournament with a team-best 13 victories on the season, also finished third at 184 pounds. Gibbons won twice in the championship bracket and was a takedown away from reaching the final, but a 4-2 loss in the semifinal sent him to the consolation draw. The freshman would not get scored upon the rest of the day, claiming wins of 10-0 and 6-0 to finish third.
Classmate Judd Ziegler and senior co-captain Zach Bintliff both took fourth. Ziegler had the best performance in the championship draw, winning three times at 165 before falling 3-2 in the semifinal. Ziegler added an 8-5 win in wrestlebacks before falling 6-2 and placing fourth.
Bintliff, who had 10 wins on the season, picked up five more as he continues his push to a possible third straight year as an EIWA placewinner. Bintliff pinned both of his first two opponents, but he was defeated by Lehigh's Mitchell Minotti in the quarterfinal. He immediately went back to work and won three decisions, including one major, before falling to Minotti again in the third-place match.
Freshman Abe Ayala had a tough road in wrestlebacks, but he managed to get to his second podium of the year. After one overtime victory in the main draw, Ayala won twice in wrestlebacks to end up sixth overall.
Those five were among a nearly full roster of Tiger competitors who competed Saturday. All results and brackets can be found by clicking on the link above. Princeton will start its Ivy League season next Saturday afternoon when it heads to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on nationally ranked Cornell.