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Wrestling Splits Squads, Looks For Strong '13 Finish At Midlands, Wilkes

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/27/2013
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Freshman Brett Harner will make his debut at the Midlands Championships this weekend.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

The 2013 portion of the Princeton wrestling season will conclude in two different spots over the next three days. While the majority of the starting lineup heads to Northwestern for the prestigious 51st Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30, there will be a group of 11 Tigers who compete Saturday at the Wilkes Open.

Princeton (3-1) is looking to finish the opening half of an already impressive season in style, and a strong performance at the Midlands would be an ideal way to ring in 2014. Some of the nation's top programs will compete at the two-day meet, including No. 3 Iowa, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 14 Northern Iowa and No. 19 Lehigh.

Earning a spot on the podium among this field of teams can earn immediate national respect. Just ask Adam Krop, who went from an unseeded, and virtually unknown, sophomore to the Top 20 with a third-place finish at the 2011 Midlands. He won every match except a one-point loss to the nation's top-ranked wrestler, and that finish helped him earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

Krop is Princeton's lone pre-seeded wrestler at Midlands; he is the third seed at 141 pounds, trailing only Edinboro's Mitchell Port (the nation's top-ranked wrestler) and Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso (ranked fifth nationally and the reigning EIWA champion).

The Big Ten Network will televise the finals of the Midlands Championships live Monday night at 8 pm.

Princeton will bring six underclassmen to Midlands, while several others will head to the Wilkes Open. Last year, five Tigers placed at Midlands, including both Kevin Moylan and Judd Ziegler, both of whom would represent Princeton at the EIWA Championships.

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December
29
Monday
Wrestling
vs. Midlands Championships
- 9:00 AM
December
30
Tuesday
Wrestling
vs. Midlands Championships
- 9:00 AM
January
03
Saturday
Wrestling
vs. F&M Open
- 9:00 AM
January
09
Friday
Wrestling
vs. Sacred Heart
- 5:00 PM
Wrestling
vs. Hofstra
- 7:00 PM
January
30
Friday
Wrestling
at Cornell
- 7:00 PM
January
31
Saturday
Wrestling
at Franklin & Marshall
- 6:30 PM
February
07
Saturday
Wrestling
vs. Harvard
- 1:00 PM
Wrestling
vs. Brown
- 6:00 PM
February
13
Friday
Wrestling
at Columbia
- 6:00 PM
February
14
Saturday
Wrestling
at Rutgers
- 2:00 PM
February
20
Friday
Wrestling
at Rider
- 6:00 PM
February
21
Saturday
Wrestling
at Penn
- 12:00 PM
Wrestling
vs. Nebraska
- 7:00 PM
March
07
Saturday
Wrestling
vs. EIWA Championships Day 1 (EIWA Championships)
- 10:00 AM
March
08
Sunday
Wrestling
vs. EIWA Championships Day 2 (EIWA Championships)
- 10:00 AM
March
19
Thursday
Wrestling
vs. NCAA Championships Day 1 (NCAA Championships)
- 10:00 AM
March
20
Friday
Wrestling
vs. NCAA Championships Day 2 (NCAA Championships)
- 10:00 AM
March
21
Saturday
Wrestling
vs. NCAA Championships Day 3 (NCAA Championships)
- 10:00 AM
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