Two years ago, they were a powerful 1-2 punch at the front of the Princeton wrestling lineup. Two injuries and a missed year later, both Garrett Frey and Chris Perez will make their return in Orange and Black singlets at the Navy Invitational this Saturday.
Frey, a three-time NCAA Championships qualifier, and Perez, a 2012 EIWA placewinner despite a torn ACL, will be part of a deep Princeton squad that will compete against a loaded field in Annapolis (see more information below). Though the Tigers won't have their full starting lineup yet — head coach Chris Ayres is hoping to have Scott Gibbons back in the next couple of weeks — this will be his first time watching Frey, Perez and Krop healthy at the same time since early February of 2012.
Krop made his return to the mats two weeks ago at the Binghamton Open, where he placed third in the season-opening tournament. He was one of five Tigers to place that weekend; sophomore Kevin Moylan, who took fourth at 149, as well as Matthew Gancayco (165), Ryan Callahan (174) and Abe Ayala (197) each earned a spot on the podium.
Ayres was able to see several of his younger competitors in action last weekend at the East Stroudsburg Open, and four placed in the one-day event (sophomores Nick Maselli and Judd Ziegler, as well as freshmen Troy Murtha and Ray O'Donnell).
This will be the final opportunity for another month for the coaching staff to evaluate the full roster in a tournament setting. The dual meet season opens in grand style next Sunday, as Princeton will take on EIWA rivals Drexel and Army in the second Grapple at the Garden. The month will also include the Celebration of New Jersey Wrestling in Jadwin Gym, when Princeton takes on local rival Rutgers at 5 pm in Jadwin Gym on Saturday, Dec. 14.
2013 Navy Classic
Date: Saturday, Nov. 23
Venue: Wesley Brown Field House
Participating teams: Brown, Bucknell, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Franklin & Marshall, George Mason, Kent State, Navy, Ohio, Princeton, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students (18 years and under)
Live Scoring: Brackets will be posted throughout the day on the wrestling page of Navy’s official web site, www.NavySports.com
Projected session times:
10:00 am - preliminary rounds
2:30 pm - semifinals
5:00 pm - finals
Parking: As a reminder, only those cars that have a Department of Defense sticker will be allowed to drive onto the Naval Academy grounds. Fans should park downtown (there is a parking garage) and walk onto the grounds through the main gain (Gate 1) where they will be asked for a valid photo ID.
Traffic Notice: The city of Annapolis will be hosting the TCS Annapolis Half Marathon on Saturday morning. The race will depart Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 0700 hrs, proceed down Rowe Blvd, College Ave to Main St, to City Dock, to Randall St, turn left at USNA Gate 1, King George St to Route 450, past Gate 8 and across the Naval Academy Bridge. After running up past Route 50, the race will return down Route 2, across the bridge, past Gate 8, to King George St, down to College Ave, back up to left on Taylor Ave and then ending at the stadium. Please see map at http://annapolisrunningclassic.com/race-info/ for exact race course.
Due to road closures in support of the race, the following areas will experience limited vehicle access during the times listed below:
* Gate 1 will be closed to vehicle traffic 0700 - 0815.
* King George Street will be closed to vehicle traffic 0700 - 0815. King George Street from College Avenue to Route 450 will be closed 0700 - 1030.
* Route 450, Gate 8, Perry Circle and Arundel Estates will remain open; however, vehicle ingress and egress must be from the direction of Route 2 and will be controlled by flagmen and Anne Arundel County Police.
* Route 450 from Gate 8 to King George St will remain closed 0700 - 1030.
All roads are scheduled to reopen NLT 1030 hrs.
Gates 1, 3 & 8 will remain open at all times for pedestrian access.
Participating ranked wrestlers:
• 125: None
• 133: None
• 141: #6 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall), #16 Jesse Thielke (Wisconsin), #20 Victor Lopez (Bucknell)
• 149: #18 Tywan Claxton (Ohio)
• 157: #7 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), #13 Ian Miller (Kent State)
• 165: #6 Corey Mock (Chattanooga)
• 174: #11 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel), #14 Mathew Miller (Navy)
• 184: #12 Jackson Hein (Wisconsin), #17 Sam Wheeler (Kent State)
• 197: #15 Phillip Wellington (Ohio)
• 285: #6 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin), #10 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), #13 Joe Stolfi (Bucknell
Returning placewinners from the 2012 Navy Classic:
• Bucknell: Paul Petrov (2nd, 133); Tyler Lyster (3rd, 197)
• The Citadel: Aaron Hansen (4th, 133), Matthew Frisch (3rd, 157); Marshall Haas (6th, 197); Gerald Johnson (6th, 285)
• Cleveland State: Mike Carlone (3rd, 141); Riley Shaw (4th, 285)
• Franklin & Marshall: Richard Durso (3rd, 141)
• Kent State: Alfredo Gray (2nd, 125); Kyle Bauer (5th, 133); Andy Candiello (4th, 141); Caleb Marsh (1st, 165); Sam Wheeler (2nd, 174)
• Navy: Jericho Urmenita (6th, 125); Colton Rasche (1st, 133); Quentin Leadbeter (6th, 133); Joe Locksmith (2nd, 141); Alex Johnson (6th, 141); Zach Johnson (4th, 149); Johnny Watson (5th, 157); Bobby Burg (6th, 157); Peyton Walsh (5th, 165); William Miller (4th, 174); James Mannier (4th, 184); Paul Rands (2nd, 197)
• Ohio: Harrison Hightower (4th, 165); Ryan Garringer (3rd, 184); Phillip Wellington (4th, 197); Jeremy Johnson (2nd, 285)
• West Virginia: Terrence Demery (6th, 149); Mark Colubucci (6th, 184)