The most anticipated individual match lived up to the hype and wasn't determined until the final seconds. The team dual, however, was another story; Princeton posted its fourth straight win over Penn in dominant fashion, winning eight of 10 individual matches at the Palestra during a 28-6 victory.
Princeton improved to 8-6 overall with the win and clinched second place outright in the Ivy League with a 4-1 mark. The Tigers will conclude their regular season next weekend when they return to Philadelphia for a Saturday showdown at Drexel.
With Princeton leading 6-3, nationally ranked wrestlers Matthew Kolodzik (No. 2) and Anthony Artalona (No. 13) took the mat for the highlight showdown at 149. Kolodzik got the scoring going with a quick takedown off a restart in the first period, but Artalona evened the score with escapes in the first and second period.
Artalona gave the Palestra a quick jolt with a single-leg takedown, but Kolodzik scored a reversal within seconds to even the score at 4-4. Artalona escaped, and Kolodzik matched it in the third period to even the match at 5-5 heading into the final seconds. For some, that would be a moment of pressure, but Kolodzik has shown time and again an ability to get the final takedown when he needs it most.
Kolodzik's takedown with 25 seconds remaining secured a 7-5 win, and freshman Quincy Monday followed with a 10-5 win at 157 to become the only Princeton wrestler to go a perfect 5-0 in the Ivy League.
A tight 2-1 win by Leonard Merkin at 165 opened the floodgates for Princeton, which got major decisions from both Travis Stefanik and Kevin Parker, followed by a technical fall for third-ranked Patrick Brucki, to put together another dominant Princeton win.
125 - #10 Patrick Glory (Pr) dec. Carmen Ferrante 10-3
133 - Doug Zapf (Pe) dec. Jonathan Gomez 1-0
141 - Marshall Keller (Pr) dec. AJ Vendici 6-4
149 - #2 Matthew Kolodzik (Pr) dec. #13 Anthony Artalona 7-5
157 - Quincy Monday (Pr) dec. Joe Oliva 10-5
165 - Leonard Merkin (Pr) dec. Evan DeLuise 2-1
174 - Travis Stefanik (Pr) mdec. Jake Hendricks 10-2
184 - Kevin Parker (Pr) mdec. Robert Ng 14-3
197 - #3 Patrick Brucki (Pr) TTF Greg Bensley 17-2
285 - Ben Goldin (Pe) dec. Kendall Elfstrum 4-0