Laing 14 Strong

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.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

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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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> Full Schedule and Results
February
12
Friday
M. Track & Field
at Fasttrack National Invite
- All Day
February
13
Saturday
M. Track & Field
at BU Valentine Invitational
- All Day
February
21
Sunday
M. Track & Field
vs. Princeton Invitational
- 11:00 AM
February
27
Saturday
M. Track & Field
at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
- 11:00 AM
March
10
Thursday
M. Track & Field
at NCAA Championships
- All Day
March
17
Thursday
M. Track & Field
at South Florida
- All Day
March
19
Saturday
M. Track & Field
at NTC Meet
- All Day
April
08
Friday
M. Track & Field
vs. Sam Howell Invitational
- All Day
April
14
Thursday
M. Track & Field
vs. Princeton Outdoor Invite
- All Day
April
22
Friday
M. Track & Field
vs. Larry Ellis Invitational
- TBA
April
28
Thursday
M. Track & Field
at Penn Relays
- All Day
April
29
Friday
M. Track & Field
at TCNJ Meet
- All Day
May
07
Saturday
M. Track & Field
vs. Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
- All Day
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