Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Garrett Frey will open NCAAs against sixth-seeded Nic Bedelyon of Kent State.


Sophomore Garrett Frey is Princeton's first wrestler to make consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships since Greg Parker made back-to-back runs to the All-America podium in 2002 and 2003. Frey's hope for a similar run will begin against a former All-America in Kent State's Nic Bedelyon, the sixth seed and reigning MAC champion.

Frey comes into the NCAA Championships, which begin Thursday morning at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with a 27-10 record and the experience of three NCAA matches last season, including a win in the consolation round. Though his standout is unseeded, head coach Chris Ayres is optimistic heading into the championship weekend.

"He's in a really good place," Ayres said of the two-time EIWA placewinner. "He was sick before EIWAs with the flu, and he was hurting leading up to it. I think he started to fade at the end, but the last two weeks have been really good. I feel that he's ready."

Frey will need to be ready, as he once again draws a Top 10 opponent in the opening round. While the challenge isn't quite as daunting as last season, when he drew top-seeded Angel Escobedo of Indiana, Bedelyon is the sixth seed with an impressive 23-3 record this season. The winner of 11 straight matches, including a 10-3 win in the MAC final, Bedelyon has been ranked as high as No. 3 this season and placed eighth at the 2009 NCAA Championships.

Should Frey win, he could see a familiar foe in the second round. If form held in the neighboring first-round match, Frey would see 11th-seeded Frank Perrelli of Cornell; the two split during the season, which includes an 8-1 Frey victory in November.

Bedelyon also owns a 4-1 win over Perrelli this season, with the two meeting in the final of the Body Bar Invitational in Ithaca.

The first session of the NCAA Championships will begin at 11 a.m., and it will be streamed live on The full broadcast schedule is below:

Thursday, March 17
Session 1 ? First Round
Live on ? 11 a.m.

Session 2 ? Second Round and Consolation Rounds
Live on ? 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Session 3 ? Quarterfinals and Consolation Rounds
Live on ESPNU HD/ ? 10:30 a.m.

Session 4 ? Semifinals
Live on ESPNU HD ? 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Session 5 ? Medal Rounds
Live on ESPNU HD ? 11 a.m.

Session 6 ? Finals
Live on ESPN HD/ (simulcast) ? 7:30 p.m.