Head coach Chris Ayres
believes his program continues to get closer to breaking into the elite of the EIWA, and he thinks that the seven-member Class of 2017 could play a huge role in that journey over the next four years.
Each of the seven wrestlers has either won a state championship or reached their respective state or prep final. Two wrestlers — Brett Harner and Ray O'Donnell — have been ranked among the Top 50 overall recruits this year, while the whole class could ultimately earn a national recruiting ranking when they are announced later in the spring.
"I am really excited about these seven newcomers to the Princeton Wrestling tradition," Ayres said. "This is a group that has a chance to have a tremendous impact over the next four years. Their accomplishments speak for themselves, but they are also terrific young men who our alumni will enjoy rooting for during their careers."
Of course, these seven will not be the only new faces in the wrestling room this season. Ayres will also be thrilled to see the return of three of his most decorated wrestlers, each of whom missed all of last season with an injury: three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time EIWA finalist Garrett Frey, 2012 EIWA placewinner Chris Perez, and 2011 Midlands third-place finisher and 2012 Top-15 standout Adam Krop.
Ayres talks about how all of these wrestlers could impact the 2013-14 lineup in the video above. You can read the high school achievements of the Class of 2017 below.
Scarsdale, N.Y. • Edgemont • 125
At Edgemont — won the 2013 New York state championship at 120 pounds … three-time New York state finalist … went 177-18 in his career … won four Section I championships … earned Fargo All-America honors … named Section I Wrestler of the Year twice … all-time wins leader at Edgemont … named to Team New York at the freestyle national duals … 2013 Con-Ed Scholar-Athlete.
Lusby, Md. • Patuxent • 165/174
At Patuxent — won the 2012 Maryland state championship at 145 pounds; became school’s first state champion … reached 2011 and 2013 Maryland state semifinals; qualified for state championships in 2010 … holds schools records in wins (142), single-season wins (44), and most pins (86) … three-time regional champion and four-time finalist … two-time conference champion … 2011 Fargo Cadet All-America in Greco … won the 2011 Maryland freestyle and Greco championships … named to the 2010-11 Maryland All-Freshman/Sophomore Wrestling Team … member of the 2011 Maryland National Team … four-time all-county honoree … three-time Most Outstanding Wrestler at Patuxent … lettered in both cross country and lacrosse … two-time Maryland All-Academic Team selection … four-time conference All-Academic Team honoree … AP Scholar with Distinction … three-time recipient of the Patuxent Academic Excellence Award … recipient of the Superintendent’s Scholastic Recognition Award … National Honor Society member.
Norristown, Pa. • Norristown • 174/184
At Norristown — four-time PIAA AAA state placewinner (8th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd) … went 190-24 in his career … ranked among top five nationally in his weight class by InterMat … finalist at the 2012 Beast of the East, the 2012 Super 32 Challenge and the 2011 Powerade … took third at the 2011 Beast of the East … finished third at the 2012 Ironman … placed second in his senior class of 375 students … member of the National Honor Society … three-time first-team honoree on the Pennsylvania All-Academic Squad.
Bolingbrook, Ill. • Montini • 125/133
At Montini — reached 2013 Illinois state finals at 126 pounds; placed third in 2012 state championships … led Montini to 2012 and 2013 state championship, as well as second-place finish at The Clash … trained at the Olympic Training Center in 2012 … wrestled in four different weight classes, ranging from 120-138 … team captain as a senior … placed second (2012) and third (2013) at the Cheesehead Invitational … took sixth at 2012 Ironman competition … won the 2012 Hawkeye Challenge … finished fifth in both the 2011 state championships, as well as the 2011 Preseason Nationals … placed fifth at 2012 Fila Cadet Nationals … had two top-three state freestyle finishes, including second in 2011 … two-time state Greco champion (2010, 2012); runner-up in 2011 … placed eighth at the 2011 Fargo All-American competition … 2013 Illinois State scholar … 2013 IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award … four-time Academic All-Conference recipient.
Rootstown, Ohio • Rootstown • 285
At Rootstown — went 40-2 as a senior and won the Ohio state championship at 220 pounds … placed fourth in Ohio state championships as a junior and won 35 matches … placed fifth at the Dec. 2012 Iron Man … 2012/2013 PTC County Wrestler of the year … All-Ohio selection twice … First Team All-County Division at defensive end in football, 4 year football letterman … two-time football and three-time wrestling team captain … senior class valedictorian … Portage County Teen of the Month … 2012 Buckeye Boys State invitee … National Honor Society member.
Kensington, Md. • Georgetown Prep • 174/184
At Georgetown Prep — finished second at National Prep Championships … NHSCA All-America honoree … placed fifth at the Beast of the East … placed fifth at the Super 32 … finished high school career with record of 165-35 … earned AP Scholar with Distinction.
Bethlehem, Pa. • Saucon Valley • 197
At Saucon Valley — won the 2013 Pennsylvania AA state championship at 220 pounds … ranked fourth at the end of the year in InterMat national rankings … four-time Fargo All-America … two-time NHSCA All-America … 2011 Fargo Greco national champion … 2012 Fila Greco national champion … three-time placewinner at Pennsylvania state championships … finished second at 2012 Beast of the East … 2012 Super 32 runner-up … four-year Pennsylvania National Dual Team member … traveled to Azerbaijan as member of the 2012 Cadet World Team … owns wins record (152) at Saucon Valley … member of the Senior All-American Team by Wrestling USA Magazine … member of the Pennsylvania All-Academic Team … lettered in soccer … National Honor Society … Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America … Vice President of Student Government … member of Model UN, the prom committee and the homecoming committee.