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Abram Ayala
Weight: 197
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Blair Academy

At Princeton - 2013-14 (27-12) reached his first NCAA Championships and won a consolation match during a 27-win season; both losses at the NCAAs came to wrestlers seeded in the Top 6 … reached the EIWA semifinal after defeating third-seeded Daniel Mitchell 4-3 in the quarterfinals; finished fifth overall for his first EIWA placewinner result … earned All-Ivy League honorable mention … led Princeton to a thrilling comeback win over Boston University with a third-period pin in the final match … won 14 of his final 16 regular season matches … won the F&M Open … reached the final of the Navy Invitational and placed at the Binghamton Open … competed during the Grapple at the Garden and earned a win over Army … recipient of the program’s Triede Trophy, presented to that member of the Princeton varsity wrestling team who by his spirit, ability and sportsmanship has contributed most to the sport. 2012-13 (6-6): earned six victories in freshman season, competing mostly during in-season tournaments … placed fifth at Binghamton Open and reached the semifinals at 165 … won first three matches of career, including 8-2 debut over Army's Kenneth Skillman … placed sixth at the Franklin & Marshall Open; won three matches during the tournament.

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.

Personal - born Jan. 24, 1993 … son of Terrence '81 and Rochelle '83 Ayala … father is a lawyer; mother is a physician … both parents are Princeton graduates … enjoys drawing.

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