Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Princeton will take on Columbia and Cornell in its final Ivy League matches this weekend.



With All-Ivy distinction and EIVA seedings on the line, the Princeton wrestling team will tour the Empire State this weekend to conclude its Ivy League schedule, which includes a date with the top-ranked team in the nation.

Following its 1-2 record in the Ivy League opening weekend, including a gutsy 21-16 comeback win over Brown, Princeton will hit the road Friday for a 6:30 p.m. match against Columbia; that dual will take place at the New York Athletic Club. From there, the Tigers make the journey to Central New York, where they will take on the top-ranked Cornell Big Red at 1 p.m.

While the Ivy League team title will likely be decided during the weekend dual between Cornell and #19 Penn, the Tigers do have team and individual goals on the line for the weekend. Princeton will be looking to match its winning effort in 28-13 home victory over Columbia last season; the Tigers controlled the lower weights against the Lions and held a 22-0 lead through four matches. A victory Friday would keep Princeton in the hunt for third place, as Columbia still has matches to come with Harvard and Penn.

Apart from team wins, there are several individual goals on the line this weekend. Two Princeton wrestlers have hit the 20-win mark, and both could bolster their All-Ivy resumes with a strong weekend. Sophomore Garrett Frey, the 2010 EIWA finalist at 125, leads the way with a 23-6 record at 125 pounds. He will face Columbia's Penn Gottfried and Cornell's Frank Perrelli, the 10th-ranked wrestler in the nation; Frey has already beaten both this season, including an 8-1 victory over Perrelli in the Bearcat Open last November.

Despite his loss to Penn's Mark Rappo last weekend, Frey could still make a claim for first-team All-Ivy honors and the top seed in the EIWA championships if things break right. Rappo and Perrelli will be one of the highlight matches in the Penn-Cornell dual match Friday at 6:30; a Perrelli win Friday and a Frey win Saturday would leave the trio of wrestlers 1-1 against each other and likely undefeated in the rest of the Ivy League.

Junior Daniel Kolodzik recorded his first 20-win season with a 15-4 major decision over Penn last Sunday, and he could clinch at least second-team All-Ivy honors with wins over both Columbia's Jake O?Hara and Cornell's D.J. Meagher; the latter is ranked 11th in the nation, though Kolodzik nearly pulled off an upset of sixth-ranked Walter Peppelman of Harvard before falling 2-0 on Saturday.

Another Princeton wrestler who could be in the hunt for an EIWA seed is senior 184-pounder Travis Erdman, who is 15-11 this season and scored falls in his last two Ivy League matches against Brown and Penn. Erdman will face a challenging weekend, beginning Friday against Columbia's 16-win sophomore, Nick Mills. Cornell has the sixth-ranked 184-pounder in the nation in Steve Bosak, who has 26 wins in 28 matches.

Columbia comes into the weekend with a 3-5 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the Ivy League, while the top-ranked Big Red is 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League.

PrincetonWt.ColumbiaCornell#18 Garrett Frey (23-6)125Penn Gottfried (11-10)#10 Frank Perrelli (24-10)Tony Comunale (7-10) or Adam Krop (12-13)133Matt Bystol (8-9) or Kyle Gilchrist (14-8)#6 Mike Grey (4-0)Zach Bintliff (11-10)141Josh Houldsworth (7-12)Corey Manson (17-12)Jason Ott (0-8) or Bandon Rolnick (9-17)149Steve Santos (9-5) or Shane Strumwasser (11-8)#3 Kyle Dake (20-1)Daniel Kolodzik (20-11)157Jake O?Hara (9-14)#11 DJ Meagher (17-3)Andy Lowy (2-4)165Eren Civan (13-10)#5 Justin Kerber (26-2)Ryan Callahan (12-11)174Stephen West (8-10)#3 Mack Lewnes (28-2)Travis Erdman (15-11)184Nick Mills (16-9)#6 Steve Bosak (26-2)Dan Santoro (5-13)197Mike Pushpak (5-11)#1 Cam Simaz (23-1)Charles Fox (5-10) or Bobby Grogan (4-12)285Kevin Lester (19-6)Stryker Lane (20-9)