Nicholas Szerlip

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

One of the most decorated wrestlers in program history, Nick Szerlip left his mark at Columbia on the mat.  Over an impressive four years, Szerlip finished his career with a 101-31-1 overall record.  A three-time captain, Szerlip capped his career by winning an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association title at 190 pounds his senior year, becoming the first Lion to do so in six years, and just the second since 1947.  That same year, he was named the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year after earning first team All-Ivy League recognition.

As if that wasn’t enough, he was honored as Columbia’s top male athlete at the conclusion of his senior year, winning the Connie S. Maniatty Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.  During his Columbia career, Szerlip was a three-time New York State Wrestling Champion.  In 2010, Szerlip was inducted in the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame.

While not training or competing on the wrestling team, Szerlip dedicated just as much time and focus to his studies. As an undergraduate, he conducted research in the Department of Psychology at Barnard from 1993-95, and served as a teaching assistant his senior year in psychology at Barnard.  Upon graduation, Szerlip remained at Columbia where he served as a research assistant from 1995-1998.  He then went to medical school at Tulane University before landing in Baltimore for his neurosurgery residency.  He currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he attained a prestigious fellowship position examining genetic mutations of brain cancer.

Szerlip and his wife, Katherine, reside in Manhattan with their son, Eian.

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