There was no shortage of excitement surrounding the arrival of highly touted recruit Patrick Glory to the Princeton wrestling room, and it didn't take very long to see why. Glory tore through the 125-pound weight class at the Tiger Open, including a Top-20 win major decision over Purdue's Devin Schroder, to join teammates Patrick Brucki and Kevin Parker as individual winners for Princeton.
Mike D'Angelo, a multiple-time NCAA qualifier for Princeton, also won his respective weight class, though he did so as a representative of the New Jersey Regional Training Center. The 2018 co-captain and EIWA finalist is taking a year off, but is set to return to the Tigers for the 2019-20 season.
While Glory had a victory over the 16th-ranked Schroder, the highest-ranked win of the day came by Brucki, the 197-pound sophomore captain who made his NCAA Championships debut last year. Brucki defeated 18th-ranked Rocco Caywood of Army on his way to the final, where he faced 7th-ranked Nathan Trexler of Stanford. Brucki stayed perfect in Jadwin Gym -- he had a dominant win during the 2017 Lehigh dual -- with an 8-5 win in the final.
Brucki may have been well known entering the tournament, but Parker likely turned some heads on his way through to the 184-pound title. He was as dominant as anybody inside Jadwin Gym on Sunday; he opened with a pair of technical falls, and he clinched the title with a 19-2 technical fall. Parker's growth from last season may have been most evident in his 9-2 semifinal win over Rider's Michael Fagg-Daves, as Parker had dropped a 9-8 match to him during the Rider dual last season.
Glory, a two-time reigning New Jersey state champion, remained perfect in the Garden State in 2018, and he did so in impressive fashion. He won his bracket with a pair of falls -- including one in the final over Rider's Jonathan Tropea, and he added a pair of major decisions, including a 9-0 shutout of Schroder.
D'Angelo had an impressive 6-2 win over Larry Early of Old Dominion to win the 157-pound title. The 11th-ranked Early had a challenging semifinal match against another one of Princeton's highly touted freshmen, Quincy Monday, though he held on for a 4-2 win in that one. Another Princeton newcomer who impressed Sunday was 174-pounder Travis Stefanik, who lost in the semifinal to 10th-ranked Dylan Lydy of Purdue. Stefanik won a pair of tight matches early, and then he gave eventual champion Lydy his closest match of the day.
There was no team scoring in a loaded tournament that featured the likes of Purdue, Stanford, Army, Lehigh, Maryland, Columbia, Old Dominion, and several others. You can find all the results on TrackWrestling.
There was one other Top-10 victory for Princeton this weekend, though it came in unofficial fashion. Two-time All-American Matthew Kolodzik, ranked #1 at 149 pounds to open the season, defeated #9 Mitch Finesilver of Duke in the main event of the 2018 NWCA All-Star Classic Friday night in Denver. Kolodzik became the first Princeton wrestler to ever win during the main draw of the All-Star Classic, and he did so in impressive fashion.
Princeton is now off for two weeks before opening its dual season in one of the most anticipated collegiate matches of November, a Nov. 17 showdown at Iowa that could include a potential 125-pound showdown between Glory and reigning NCAA champion Spencer Lee.