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Second-Place Wrestling Squad Places Trio On All-Ivy League Team

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/27/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Left to right: Abram Ayala, Adam Krop and Kevin Moylan
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Junior Adam Krop earned second-team All-Ivy League honors, while sophomores Abram Ayala and Kevin Moylan both earned Ivy League Honorable Mention, it was announced Thursday by the Ivy League Office.

Those three represented the second-place Princeton wrestling team on the 2014 Ivy League team. The Tigers, who will compete at the EIWA Championships March 8-9 at the Palestra, completed their best regular season in more than a decade by going 11-4 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League.

Krop was the team leader in wins (28) this season, as he moved from 141 to 149 after the Midlands Championships and went 13-2 since the start of 2014. He won four of five matches against Ivy competition, and his lone loss came by a 4-2 decision to Chris Villalonga, the third-ranked wrestler in the country.

"Krop wrestled well through the Ivy season and we feel he has finally adjusted to moving up to 149," head coach Chris Ayres said. "He has been consistent and should be a threat to win the EIWAs."

Both Ayala and Moylan had terrific seasons, and each were key contributors in Princeton's winning Ivy League season. Ayala went 23-8, 3-2 in the Ivy League, and his 14-5 major decision over Columbia's Troy Hembury helped Princeton post an 18-16 comeback win over Columbia. Of course, his most memorable win came outside the Ivy League, as his third-period pin at Boston University capped a comeback from a 20-3 deficit in a 23-20 Princeton win.

Moylan went 21-9 this season, 3-1 in the Ivy League, and his 5-3 decision over Columbia kept the Tigers in position to record the comeback win. He has won 12 of his last 14 matches entering the EIWA Championships.

“As a staff we talk about our wrestlers needing to make big “jumps” in performance throughout the year and Moylan and Ayala seem to have made the most significant improvements from the beginning of the year," Ayres said. "Abe has been an incredible inspiration for the team in competition as he seems to consistently do well in big pressure situations, such as the ones he faced at BU and Columbia. 

"We were having difficulty getting a lot of wins at 157 early in the year," Ayres added, "but when Moylan moved he instantly became a better competitor, as compared to when he was at 149, and as a result the team was strengthen significantly by his efforts."

2013-14 Wrestling All-Ivy
 
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
*Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (So., 125 – Chico, Calif.)
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Gabe Dean, Cornell (Fr., 184 – Lowell, Mich.)
 
FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
*Nahshon Garrett, Cornell (So., 125 – Chico, Calif.)
Angelo Amenta, Columbia (So., 133 – Oregon, Ohio)
*Mike Nevinger, Cornell (Sr., 141 – Perry, N.Y.)
*Chris Villalonga, Cornell (Sr., 149 – Totowa, N.J.)
*Brian Realbuto, Cornell (Fr., 157 – Somers, N.Y.)
*Dylan Palacio, Cornell (Fr., 165 – Long Beach, N.Y.)
*Shane Hughes, Columbia (Jr., 174 – Sussex, Wis.)
*Gabe Dean, Cornell (Fr., 184 – Lowell, Mich.)
*James Fox, Harvard (Jr., 197 – Plainfield, N.J.)
*Jacob Aiken-Phillips, Cornell (Jr., 285 – Lawrenceville, Ga.)
 
SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Penn Gottfriend, Columbia (Sr., 125 – Hartsdale, N.Y.)
Caleb Richardson, Penn (Fr., 125 – Virginia Beach, Va.)
Mark Grey, Cornell (Fr., 133 – Rockaway, N.J.)
Todd Preston, Harvard (So., 141 – Hampton, N.J.)
Adam Krop, Princeton (Jr., 149 – Urbana, Md.)
Ray Bethea, Penn (So., 157 – Trenton, N.J.)
Casey Kent, Penn (So., 165 – Norristown, Pa.)
Ricky McDonald, Brown (Jr., 174 – Carson City, Nev.)
Lorenzo Thomas, Penn (Jr., 184 – Pittsburgh)
Jace Bennett, Cornell (Jr., 197 – Amarillo, Texas)
Ryder Cavey, Brown (Fr., 285 – Eldersburg, Md.)
 
Honorable Mention
Anthony Finocchiaro, Brown (So., 133 – Canastota, N.Y.)
Jeff Canfora, Penn (Jr., 141 – East Hanover, N.J.)
Kevin Moylan, Princeton (So., 157 – Palos Park, Ill.)
Josh Houldsworth, Columbia (Sr., 165 – White Lake, Mich.)
Duke Pickett, Cornell (So., 174 – Culpeper, Va.)
Ophir Bernstein, Brown (Jr., 184 – Allen, Texas)
Abram Ayala, Princeton (So., 197 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
David Ng, Harvard (Jr., 285 – Massapequa, N.Y.)
 
*-Unanimous selection
^-Second team expanded to 11 due to ties in the voting.

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