SATURDAY, DEC. 10 - 6:00 PM
COLUMBIA
ColumbiaDrexel
DREXEL

VENUE Daskalakis Athletic Center
LOCATION Philadelphia, Pa.
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NEW YORK - The Columbia wrestling team will return to dual action on Saturday, with a trip to No. 24 Drexel for a 6 p.m. match.

Fans wanting to check out the action can do so for free through drexeldragons.com.

COLUMBIA (0-2)
WT No. 24 DREXEL (6-1)
Open 125 Zack Fuentes (5-3) / Tanner Shoap (4-2)
Alec Kelly (5-4)
133 No. 11 Kevin Devoy Jr. (8-2)
Jacob Macalolooy (6-5)
141 David Pearce (3-5) / Vincent Foggia (2-3)
Dan Reed (5-4)
149 No. 15 Matthew Cimato (7-3)
Tyler Ponte (1-5)
157 Willie Davis (1-1)

Tyrel White (6-6)

165 Austin Rose (10-2)

Austin Coniker (4-4)

174 Ebed Jerrell (4-4) / Nick Elmer (3-5)

Jacob Young (0-3)

184 Alex DeCiantis (7-4)

Matt Doggett (0-6)

197 Josh Murphy (6-6)

No. 20 Garrett Ryan (9-2)

HWT Joey Goodhart (9-3)

All-Time Dual Series: Drexel leads, 6-3


INSIDE THE SERIES: Columbia and Drexel will hit the mat in dual fashion for the first time since November of 2012, when Columbia came away with a 26-9 win at the Asics Northeast Collegiate Duals in Troy, New York.

The two teams do meet often during the EIWA Championships, but only competed against each other in one match last spring.

ABOUT THE LIONS: The Lions have competed four times during the 2016-17 season, taking the mats in two tournaments and a pair of duals. 

Columbia started the year at the New York State Championships on Nov. 20, when heavyweight Garrett Ryan and 174-pounder Austin Coniker came away with titles after matching 4-0 records. From there, Columbia had a pair of duals during the Grapple at the Garden, falling to both No. 17 Rutgers and Maryland, while Ryan won a pair of matches and Alec Kelly pinned his Maryland opponent.

Most recently, the Lions are coming off a trip to Las Vegas during the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational. In Sin City, both Ryan and Tyrel White came one bout away from a podium finish, as both wrestlers dropped matches to the eventual champion during the tournament. Along with the aforementioned juniors, Kelly picked up a victory in the 133-pound bracket, and Jacob Macalolooy did the same at 141.

ABOUT THE DRAGONS: While the Lions have seen most of their matches come in a tournament format, Drexel has competed mostly in duals to this point, going 6-1 on the year and earning a No. 24 ranking in the Coaches poll.

The lone loss this season for the Dragons came at the hand of No. 7 Nebraska by a 33-7 score, while Drexel went on to defeat No. 25 Princeton, 17-15, in Lincoln during the Nebraska Duals.

Drexel boasts a pair of wrestlers featured in the latest Intermat rankings, including No. 11 Kevin Devoy Jr. (8-2/133) and No. 15 Matt Cimato (7-3/149). Along with Cimato, who was the 2016 EIWA Champion at 149, heavyweight Joey Goodhart (9-3) returns as an NCAA Qualifier from a season ago.

AFTER DREXEL: Columbia will have the next two weekends off before traveling to Evanston, Illinois for the 2016 Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern University.