NEW YORK - The Columbia wrestling team will host its final two home matches of the 2012-13 season this weekend when Princeton and No. 23 Penn travel to New York City to take on the Lions. The Princeton match is slated to take place at the New York Athletic Club at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, and the Penn match will be in the University (Blue) Gym on Saturday, Feb 16 at 3 p.m.
The NYAC is located at 180 Central Park South near the intersection of 7th Ave. and West 59 St. (Central Park South).
Columbia will honor the class of 2013 with a short pre-match ceremony Saturday.
Columbia will be in action for the first time since a Feb. 2 meeting against No. 10 Cornell. Despite losing to the Big Red, the Lions had their best performance against the perennial power since the 2002-03 season and did it without No. 6 Steve Santos in the lineup as he was resting a minor injury.
Following this weekend's matches, the Lions will conclude the regular season with trips to Harvard and Brown, Feb. 22 and 23, respectively. Those matches will be the final competitive action Columbia will see prior to the EIWA Championships in Piscataway, N.J. on March 8-9.
Probable Lineups (Rankings are AWN/Intermat)
125 - Penn Gottfried (5-12) vs. Max Rodgers (Princeton, 5-14)/No. 15/20 Mark Rappo (Penn, 17-4)
Gottfried has struggled of late, losing his previous eight matches heading into the weekend. The last time out, Gottfried dropped a major decision to Cornell's Nahshon Garrett. Despite his 5-14 record, Rodgers is 2-2 in his last four matches with a major decision over F&M's Aaron Moldoff and a technical fall victory against Sacred Heart's Joe Harris. Rappo has a 9-1 dual mark this season and is 3-1 in Ivy League action. Last weekend, Rappo knocked off Harvard Jeffery Ott and Brown Billy Waterson.
133 - Matt Bystol
(4-8)/Robert Dyar (7-5) vs. Andrew Hirai (Princeton, 6-14)/Jeff Canfroa (Penn,
Wrestling for the first time since early January, Bystol knocked off Cornell's Bricker Dixon with a 3-1 decision on Feb. 2. Dyar is 0-2 at 133 pounds since moving up from 125 pounds where he had a 7-3 mark. Hirai is 1-4 in his last five bouts, including a loss to Dixon on Jan. 12. His only victory in that span was a 7-5 decision over Brown's Anthony Finocchiaro. Canfroa recorded a major decision over Finocchiaro last weekend, improving to 4-4 against Ivy League opponents.
141 - Alec
Mooradian (3-3) vs. Kevin Moylan (Princeton, 12-6)/No. 9/11 C.J. Cobb (Penn,
Mooradian, a first-year at Columbia, fell his last time out to Cornell's Mike Nevinger in a tough 6-3 decision. After a 10-3 start to his season, Moylan is just 2-3 in his last five bouts. He went 1-1 last weekend with a decision over Brown's Cortlandt Choate, but lost a major decision to Harvard's Steven Keith. Cobb has an 8-2 mark in dual competition this season, but one of those losses came last weekend to No. 13 Keith. He bounced back to defeat Choate, 11-0, in his next match.
149 - No. 6/6 Steve
Santos (18-2)/Ryan Ponte (8-8) vs. Zach Bintliff (Princeton, 18-11)/Andrew
Lenzi (Penn, 20-9)
Santos enters the weekend ranked sixth nationally. Prior to sitting out the Cornell match, he posted consecutive decisions over American's Kevin Tao and Cody Ruggirello. Santos's only two losses came against No.4 Donnie Brisco and former three-time All-America Montell Marion, a graduate of Iowa. Ponte filled in at the Cornell match, losing to Chris Villalonga, 6-1. Bintliff rides a three-match win streak into Friday's contest. F&M's Andrew Murano, Brown's Grant Overcashier and Harvard's Todd Preston all dropped decisions to Bintliff. Lenzi improved to 8-2 in dual action with wins over Preston and Overcashier last weekend.
157 - No. -/18
Jake O'Hara (16-4) vs. Brandon Rolnick (Princeton, 4-4)/Troy Hernandez (8-10)
O'Hara continued his impressive senior campaign with a 5-2 decision over Cornell's Jesse Shanaman two weeks ago. O'Hara remains tied with Josh Houldsworth for the team lead in major decisions with five. Rolnick has only seen action at the F&M Open and the Tigers three most recent dual matches. Last weekend he dropped a decision to Brown's Philip Marano and then was defeated via technical fall by Harvard's Walter Peppelman. Hernandez went 1-1 last weekend as he also fell to Peppelman before downing Marano in a 6-1 decision.
165 - Josh
Houldsworth (15-5) vs. Judd Ziegler (Princeton, 12-16) or Rich Eva (Princeton,
0-0)/Casey Kent (Penn, 19-10)
Houldsworth, a junior from White Lake, Mich., has solidified the 165 pound weight class for the Lions, accumulating a 15-5 overall record and an 8-2 mark in dual action. Prior to his loss to No 1 Kyle Dake from Cornell on Feb. 2, he had won six straight matches, three by major decision. Ziegler fell short in both of his matches last weekend, losing a major decision to Brown's Giuseppi Lanzi and a 6-4 decision to Harvard's Devon Gobbo. Eva has yet to compete this season. Kent is 9-1 against EIWA foes this season and is just one win shy of 20 victories overall. Kent picked up wins over both Lanzi and Gobbo last weekend.
174 - Stephen West (18-5) vs. Ryan Callahan (Princeton, 11-7)/Ian
Korb (Penn, 18-10)
West matched Santos with a team-best 18 wins following his pin of Cornell's Duke Pickett on Feb. 2. The win was West's sixth in his last seven bouts, earning three pins, a major decision and a technical fall along the way. Callahan, similar to West, has also won six of his last seven bouts. He notched two wins via decision last weekend over Brown's Richard McDonald and Harvard's Cameron Croy. Korb has a team-best 12 wins against EIWA competition this season and improved to 18-10 overall with wins over McDonald and Croy.
184 - Drew Rebling (8-13) vs. Scott Gibbons (Princeton,
19-15)/Canaan Bethea (Penn, 19-7)
Rebling is 2-2 in his last four matches with decisions over Bucknell's Robert Marchese and Hofstra's Victor Pozsonyi. Gibbons dropped both his matches last weekend to Brown and Harvard. Ophir Bernstein from Brown and Josh Popple from Harvard each took close decisions from Gibbons. Bethea is just 2-3 against Ivy League competition this season. He competed just once last weekend, capturing a second overtime period sudden victory over Popple.
197 - Nick Mills (12-10) vs. Dan Santoro (Princeton, 8-8)/No. 8/9 Micah
Burak (Penn, 9-2)
Mills enters the weekend with a 3-3 weekend since the calendar turned to 2013. In his last bout, Mills was defeated 9-1 to Cornell's Jace Bennett. Santoro is 2-2 in the month of February with decisions over F&M's Isaiah Cromwell and Sacred Heart's Sam Morison. Brown's Sterling Hecox and Harvard's James Fox each scored wins over Santoro on Feb. 9. Burak is 4-0 against Ivy League opponents this season after posting wins over Brown's Gus Marker and Fox.
285 - Chris Manna (5-12) vs. Charles Fox (Princeton, 3-12) or Cole
Lampman (5-9)/Steven Graziano (Penn, 15-11)
Manna will be looking to snap a four-match skid this weekend. In the final bout of the Cornell match, Manna had a strong showing against Jacob Aiken-Phillips, but lost a close 9-6 decision. Fox and Lampman each competed once last weekend and both recorded losses. Fox fell to Marcos Aranda from Brown in a 4-0 decision, while was defeated by Harvard's David Ng. Graziano has had success in the Ivy League this season, wrestling to a 5-1 mark against conference foes. He added to his win total wit a 5-2 decision over Brown's D.J. Ingham on Feb. 9.