NEW YORK – Carl Fronhofer, the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling, has announced the addition of 11 newcomers to the roster for the 2014-15 campaign.
Joseph ‘JP’ Ascolese – Blauvelt, N.Y. – Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
Ascolese will join the Lions this fall after a successful career at wrestling power Bergen Catholic. A four-time letterwinner and two-time captain, Acolese earned three district titles during his career. The two-time BCCA runner-up was the 2014 region champion. He also notched a NJ state freestyle championship during his time at Bergen Catholic. BC won three non-public A state titles from 2012-14 and was ranked the No. 1 team in New Jersey, as well as No. 9 in the nation, in 2014. His club team, Iron Horse, secured the Pop and Flo Wrestling national championship in 2013 and then took runner-up honors the following season.
JP Ascolese vs. Jesse Reiter
Jun Woo ‘Justin’ Choi – McLean, Va. - Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.)
Choi journeys to Columbia from Connecticut prep school Choate Rosemary Hall. Using three falls and a decision, Choi claimed third at the NEISWA Class ‘A’ League tournament at 126 pounds, helping his squad take second in the 12-team event. Choi also competed at the National Prep Tournament at Lehigh University.
Choate Wrestlers at Prep Nationals
Matt Doggett – Shavertown, Pa. – Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
Doggett is one of four recruits out of wrestling powerhouse Wyoming Seminary. The Pennsylvania native is a three-time National Prep All-American, competing at 195 pounds as a sophomore and junior, and 220 as a senior. Doggett’s top finish at the National Prep tournament came his senior year, posting a runner-up showing, reaching the finals with four straight pins. At the Pennsylvania state prep competition, Doggett posted two fourth-place finishes at 195 pounds and a runner-up showing as a senior. In addition to the prep tournaments, Doggett finished third at the 2013 Beast of the East Tournament at 220 pounds, won the Hurricane Classic and placed seventh at the Doc Buchanan Tournament. He won over 100 matches during his high school career and supplemented his prep experience with the Back Mountain Wrestling Club, Benton Tigers and the Shamrock Wrestling Club.
Matt Doggett at Western Jr. Freestyle Regional
Grant Fetchet – McDonald, Pa. – South Fayette
Fetchet comes to Columbia following a successful wrestling and football career at South Fayette high school in Pennsylvania. On the wrestling mat, Fetchet racked up 141 victories and reached the state tournament as both a junior and senior. After qualifying for the state tournament as a junior with a fifth-place finish at regional, Fetchet came back his senior year to tally 44 wins, taking top honors at the section tournament, runner-up at districts, third at regionals and fourth at states. His senior football season was also highlighted by South Fayette capturing its first state title behind 1,389 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns from Fetchet. During his football career, South Fayette won two district championships and three conference titles.
Jacob Macalolooy – Union City, Calif. – James Logan HS
Hailing from Union City, California, Macalolooy journeys to New York City after an acclaimed high school career at James Logan High School. The four-time letterwinner and three-time captain posted consecutive North Coast Section Championships as a junior and senior at 138 pounds. His junior campaign also included titles at the SCWAY Folkstyle Grade State tournament (143 lbs.) and the USA Freestyle State tournament (145 lbs.), as well as a runner-up showing at the NUWAY Southwest Kickoff Classic (138 lbs.). His senior year culminated with a seventh-place finish at the CIF state tournament, while James Logan was the NCS duals champion. Macalolooy was also a member of the Union City Wrestling Club.
Macalolooy Makes History
Tyler Oberg – Colorado Springs, Colo. – Discovery Canyon
Oberg is a decorated athlete out of Discovery Canyon in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earning a combined seven letters in wrestling and football. A captain on both squads, Oberg finished as the runner-up of the 145-pound weight class of the state tournament as a junior. On the wrestling mat, he was named to the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference first team as a junior and senior and was the wrestling rotary champion as a senior. On the gridiron, Oberg earned 3A South Central League first team accolades. His high school career was highlighted with him being named the Athlete of the Year at Discovery Canyon.
Oberg Announces He Will Attend Columbia
Tyler Ponte – Pepperell, Mass. – Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
Ponte joins Columbia as a three-time Pennsylvania Prep state champion (2011, 13 and 14). The Wyoming Seminary product compiled an exceptional high school career that culminated with Ponte claiming the 2014 PAISWT Individual Award for earning the most team points over the span of his high school career. His individual accolades led Wyoming Seminary to the National Prep Championship. In 2013, Ponte was a NHSCA Junior National semifinalist. His 110-32 high school record included becoming the first four-time St. Albans champion. Ponte also competed for the Shamrock and Doughboy Wrestling Clubs. His brother, Ryan, has been a member of the Columbia wrestling team since 2011.
Ponte Decides to Come to Columbia
Dan Reed – Stirling, N.J. – Delbarton School
Reed brings a diverse athletic background to Morningside Heights, having been a three-sport athlete at the Delbarton School in New Jersey. A four-year member of the wrestling and football team, as well as a two-year member of the lacrosse team, Reed earned eight letters at Delbarton. The first team all-county and all-region selection was named to the all-state third team on the wrestling mat. The Delbarton football team won three conference titles en route to a pair of state runner-up appearances. Reed also competed with the Edge Wrestling club squad.
Reed Takes Third at N.J. State Tournament
Garrett Ryan – Horizon, Ariz. – Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)/Horizon HS
Ryan joins the Lions after spending the past year as a resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the past year, Ryan has had access to some of the best coaches and training tools provided to top wrestlers, as well as the opportunity to compete internationally. His international competition included a runner-up showing at the Pan-Am Juniors in Canada and a bronze medal finish at the Henri Deglane Challenge in France.
Ryan spent his first three years of high school competing for Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. After finishing fifth as a freshman and sophomore at the Arizona state tournament he moved up to 170 pounds where he won the championship as a junior. Prior to his senior year, Ryan transferred to Wyoming Seminary for the opportunity to compete against nationally-ranked prep competition each weekend. The switch, and another jump in weight class (220 pounds), resulted in a runner-up finish at the 2013 National Prep Tournament. On the Junior level, Ryan was a double All-American in Freestyle and Greco Roman at 220 pounds. In 2013, he earned gold medals in both styles at the FILA Cadet National Tournament, earning the right to compete for the U.S. at the World Tournament where he took fifth in Freestyle.
Tyrel White – North Bomoseen, Vt. – Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
White makes the journey to Morningside Heights with a championship pedigree out of Wyoming Seminary. A team captain, White was a two-time Pennsylvania Prep State Champion and a three-time Prep National All-American. White made his mark on the national scene in 2013, taking third at Super 32 at 170 pounds. Also in 2013, White captured a runner-up finish at 70 KG of the Asics Junior Greco-Roman Nationals, representing Shamrock Wrestling Club.
Tyrel White at Junior Nationals
Tyler Zimmer – Fresno, Calif. – Clovis West HS
Competing at 149 and 157 pounds, Zimmer was a four-time letterwinner and two-time captain for the wrestling team at Clovis West. Competing in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, he collected all-league accolades all four years. Zimmer also notched all-valley honors in the Central Section all four years, winning the valley title as a junior and senior. He captured all-state recognition as a senior and added an All-America honor at Flo Wrestling Nationals as a junior. His stellar senior season helped lead Clovis West to a second-place team finish at the California State Tournament. Zimmer supplemented high school experience with Golden Boyz club team and California Cadet Nation Team.
Zimmer at Tim Brown Memorial