Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Zach Bintliff earned a 12-3 major decision over Columbia Friday night.



Princeton sophomores Garrett Frey and Zach Bintliff each picked up victories for the wrestling team, but the Tigers dropped their road weekend opener 32-8 at Columbia.

Both Frey and Bintliff helped the team get off to a good start in the match held at the New York Athletic Club. Frey, ranked 18th in the latest InterMat rankings, scored a 12-3 major over Penn Gottfried at 125. Following a loss by Tony Comunale at 133, Bintliff came back and scored a major over Josh Houldsworth 12-3 to give Princeton an 8-3 lead.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, it wouldn't last. Columbia got a major from Shane Strumwasser at 149 and an 11-9 overtime win for Jake O'Hara over Daniel Kolodzik in the match of the night. A pin and a forfeit in the next two weights left the Tigers down 22-8. Princeton senior Travis Erdman dropped a 6-1 decision at 184 to Nick Mills and Tiger freshman Dan Santoro, one of the heroes of last week's comeback win over Brown, lost a tight 7-5 match at 197. The evening concluded with a 13-4 major from 20th-ranked Kevin Lester at heavyweight to finish off the 32-8 win.

It will get no easier for Princeton, which heads to Ithaca tonight to compete against the top-ranked Cornell Big Red tomorrow afternoon.

Columbia 32, Princeton 8
125 - #18 Garrett Frey (P) major dec. Penn Gottfried, 12-3
133 ? Kyle Gilchrist (C) dec. Tony Comunale, 9-4
141 ? Zach Bintliff (P) major dec. Josh Houldsworth, 12-3
149 ? Shane Strumwasser (C) major dec. Jason Ott, 10-2
157 ? Jake O?Hara (C) dec. Daniel Kolodzik, 11-9 (sv)
165 ? Eren Civan (C) pinned Seth Hazelton in 5:47
174 ? Stephen West (C) wins by forfeit
184 ? Nick Mills (C) dec. Travis Erdman, 6-1
197 ? Mike Pushpak (C) dec. Dan Santoro, 7-5
Hwt. - #20 Kevin Lester (C) major dec. Charles Fox, 13-4