The Princeton wrestling team dug itself out of an early hole and put forth some impressive performances Saturday afternoon to claim a 28-15 win at Virginia. A dramatic first-period fall by 5th-ranked Patrick Brucki over the 11th-ranked wrestler in the nation, as well as a Top-20 win for Virginia native Marshall Keller, highlighted Princeton's second dual win of the season.
After decisions by both Travis Stefanik and Kevin Parker drew Princeton even with the Cavaliers at 6-6, Brucki came out on a mission against Jay Aiello. One day after he posted a win over Virginia Tech's 17th-ranked Tom Sleigh, Brucki took control of Aiello immediately and put his shoulders to the mat only 65 seconds into the match.
Sophomore Kendall Elfstrum moved up a weight and gained some momentum for Princeton by limiting Quinn Miller to a decision, and 14th-ranked Patrick Glory got those points (and more) right back with a forfeit win at 125.
Keller capped his dream weekend with a second-period pin of Scott Kiyono at 141 pounds, which clinched the dual win for Princeton. Top-ranked Matthew Kolodzik stayed perfect on the season with a 12-1 major decision to cap the match.
Princeton will be off this week, and will make its home debut Thursday, Dec. 20, against Rider in a match streamed live on ESPN+.
157: Jake Keating (V) dec. Quincy Monday 10-4
165: Cam Coy (V) dec. Dale Tiongson 6-3
174: Travis Stefanik (P) dec. Robert Patrick 7-5
184: Kevin Parker (P) dec. Will Schany 5-2
197: #5 Patrick Brucki (P) WBF #11 Jay Aiello 1:05
285: Quinn Miller (V) dec. Kendall Elfstrum 12-7
125: #14 Patrick Glory (P) wins by forfeit
133: Brian Courtney (V) WBF Jacob Adkins 0:55
141: Marshall Keller (P) WBF Scott Kiyono 4:17
149: #1 Matthew Kolodzik (P) mdec. Sam Martino 12-1