Coming off one of the most successful seasons in the recent history of the Princeton wrestling program, Tiger head coach Chris Ayres proudly announced the eight-member Class of 2016 that he hopes will continue leading Princeton towards the Eastern and national elite.
"This is probably the best class we have recruited in relation to fitting specific lineup needs," Ayres said. "We were able to add depth and talent to specific areas of our lineup that needed strengthening. With the loss of three starters to graduation, I anticipate that many of these recruits will see plenty of varsity action and could represent Princeton in the postseason. I am extremely excited to work with this group and can't wait for them to get on campus."
The incoming class includes several regional and state champions throughout the various weight classes. Their bios are listed below:
165-174 • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. • Blair Academy
Before Princeton - placed fifth at the 2012 NWCA Nationals at 149 pounds ... added a second-place finish at the NCWA Mideast Regionals ... placed eighth at the 2011 National Prep Championships at 135 pounds while wrestling for Blair Academy; also won the New York/New Jersey Prep Regionals ... finished sixth at 2010 Florida state championships ... went 27-5 as a senior and 25-7 as a junior; only began wrestling his sophomore year of high school ... earned two varsity letters in track and field ... National Achievement Finalist ... earned National Merit Commendation and an AP Scholar Award.
149-157 • Easton, Md. • Easton
Before Princeton - placed in the top three in the Maryland state championships three times; reached the final as both a sophomore (130) and a senior (138) ... won two regional titles and reached regional final each year ... three-time conference champion ... earned a career record of 152-18 ... two-time member of the Maryland national team that traveled to Fargo, N.D., for the Cadet/Junior Greco and Freestyle National Championships ... competed at the NHSCA sophomore and senior nationals ... served as captain at Easton High three years ... played quarterback two years in football ... class valedictorian ... member of the National Honor Society ... class president ... seven-time Ben Carson Scholarship recipient ... AP Scholar with Honor recipient ... Elks Scholarship National Finalist.
197 • Metairie, La. • Archbishop Rummel
Before Princeton - won three Louisiana state championships at three different weights (160, 171, 195) ... earned career high school record of 205-23 ... took first at the Clinch Gear Prep Slam (182) ... earned two top-three finishes at the Beast of the East ... placed first at the 2010 Cadet Greco, and finished fourth at the same tournament the following year ... placed second at 2010 Cadet Folkstyle and third at Cadet Freestyle ... earned second at 2011 Clinch Gear Prep Slam and fifth at 2011 Junior Greco ... team captain at Archbishop Rummel ... graduated with highest honors.
285 • Clifton Park, N.Y. • Shenendehowa
Before Princeton - placed third in New York state championships during senior year at Shenendehowa ... placed fourth in states as a junior ... placed third and earned All-America status at 2012 Flo Nationals ... won 2011 sectional title and two Class A titles ... earned 114-33 career record ... earned 2010 NHSCA All-America honor ... two-time varsity captain ... two-time team captain ... earned four varsity letters in track & field while throwing the shot put and discus; placed at Regionals ... played varsity football ... earned first-team all-region honors in football ... four-year scholar-athlete.
141-149 • Park Ridge, N.J. • Bergen County Academies
Before Princeton - placed sixth at the 2012 New Jersey state championships ... three-time regional finalist and 2012 regional champion ... two-time district winner and four-year finisher in the top three ... won the 2011 War at the Shore ... placed sixth at the 2012 Flo Nationals to earn All-America status ... placed eighth at the 2011 Super 32 ... won the Iron Horse Invitational and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors ... went 133-20 during high school career ... team captain at Emerson Park Ridge ... recorded more than 400 takedowns in his career ... member and webmaster of the Bergen County Academies' National Honor Society.
149-157 • Palos Park, Ill. • Amos Alonzo Stagg
Before Princeton - won the 2012 Illinois state championship at 145 pounds; also placed third during 2011 championships ... earned All-America honors at the Junior Freestyle Duals ... set the Illinois High School Association record for most technical falls in a season ... went 162-18 during his career, including a 45-1 mark as a senior ... won title at Border Wars ... Flo National All-America ... rated fourth nationally at 145 by WIN Magazine (March, 2012) ... Top-50 recruit during July 2012 edition of d1collegewrestling.net ... served as captain two years ... Outstanding Wrestler of the Year and Scholastic Wrestler of the Year finalist ... Illinois State Scholar ... PSAE Scholar ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Phi Alpha Theta ... National Honor Society member.
125 • Basking Ridge, N.J. • Delbarton School
Before Princeton - two-time New Jersey state placewinner from Delbarton ... placed in the top four at Regionals three times and won three district championships ... 2012 Morris County champions ... first-team all-conference and all-county ... won the 2012 Mustang Classic ... 2011 New Jersey Freestyle champion ... went 112-20 in his career, including 37-4 mark as a senior ... 2009 FILA Cadet Greco champion and 2008, 2009 FILA Cadet Freestyle medalist ... member of Team New Jersey that wrestler at Junior Nationals ... team captain at Delbarton ... 2012 NJAC Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... AP Scholar with Honor ... earned highest honors at Delbarton.
174-184 • Myersville, Md. • Middletown
Before Princeton - won the 2012 Maryland state championship to complete a 46-0 season ... placed three times at Maryland states and earned a career record of 154-18 ... 2012 All-Area Wrestler of the Year ... four-time all-area, three-time all-conference, three-time county champion and two-time regional champion ... 2012 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic winner ... medalist at 2011 Disney Duals ... earned all-state honors in football as a center ... led football team to 2011 state championship and 2010 state final ... captain of both football and wrestling team ... member of the National Honor Society ... AP Scholar ... two-time all-state wrestling academic team honoree ... National Football Federation Scholar Athlete.