Lester's First Team Selection Highlights Wrestling's Six All-Ivy League Honorees

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Brent Hugo

PRINCETON, N.J. - Six Columbia wrestlers earned All-Ivy League recognition, including a unanimous first team selection for Kevin Lester, conference officials announced today.  In addition to Lester, Eren Civan and Nick Mills each earned a spot on the second team, while Kyle Gilchrist, Steve Santos, and Mike Pushpak were named honorable mention.

"The team progressed very well during the second half of the season and really stepped it up during the Ivy League duals," said Brendan Buckley, the Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling.  "We were very close to a runner-up finish in the Ivy standings, but we now must carry this confidence into the EIWA's next week."

Lester has been impressive all season long, and finished with a perfect 5-0 record in Ivy League matches.  This marks the third all-league distinction  for the heavyweight who was an honorable mention selection as a first-year, and a second team honoree last year.  Lester closed out the regular portion of the season on a 15 -match win streak, and leads the team with six pins.

Civan picks up his third consecutive second team all-conference honors after earning the distinction in 2009 and 2010.  Civan finished with a 4-1 record in the Ivy League at 165 pounds, including a 3-1 upset over No. 18 Gabriel Burak of Penn. Civan was a 2010 NCAA qualifier and currently boasts an 18-10 record this year.

Also earning second team honors is Mills at 184 pounds.  After missing his freshman year due to injury, Mills exploded onto the scene as a sophomore.  He ranks second on the team with 19 wins, and went 3-2 in Ivy League action.

Three other grapplers were named honorable mention for Columbia, each earning the distinction for the first time in their careers.  Gilchrist is 17-9 this year and went 3-1 in Ivy League matches at 133 pounds. Santos was 2-0 in the conference at 149 pounds after missing a month of competition due to injury. Rounding out the honorees is Pushpak who finished 3-2 at 197 pounds in the League, with his only two losses coming to No. 1 Cam Simaz of Cornell and No. 5 Micah Burak of Penn.

Columbia's postseason begins with the EIWA Championships on March 5-6 at Bucknell University.

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY (10)
Frank Perrelli, Cornell, 125 (Sr., Hackettstown, N.J.)
*Mike Grey, Cornell, 133 (Sr., Rockaway, N.J.)
*Zack Kemmerer, Penn, 141 (Sr., East Greenville, Pa.)
*Kyle Dake, Cornell, 149 (So., Ithaca, N.Y.)
*Walter Peppelman, Harvard, 157 (So., Harrisburg, Pa.)
*Justin Kerber, Cornell, 165 (Sr., Emmetsburg, Iowa)
*Mack Lewnes, Cornell, 174 (Sr., Annapolis, Md.)
*Steve Bosack, Cornell, 184 (Jr., State College, Pa.)
*Cameron Simaz, Cornell, 197 (Jr., Allegan, Mich.)
*Kevin Lester, Columbia, 285 (Jr., Nampa, Idaho)

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY (11)
Mark Rappo, Penn, 125 (Jr., Holland, Pa.)
Rollie Peterkin, Penn, 133 (Sr., Wellesley, Mass.)
Corey Manson, Cornell, 141 (Sr., Lookout Mountain, Tenn.)
Andrew Lenzi, Penn, 149 (Fr., Buchanan, N.Y.)
DJ Meagher, Cornell, 157 (Sr., Bow, N.H.)
Eren Civan, Columbia, 165 (Sr., Bethesda, Md.)

Scott Giffin, Penn, 174 (Sr., Berlin, N.J.)
Nick Mills, Columbia, 184 (So., South Euclid, Ohio)

Cameron Croy, Harvard, 184 (Fr., Brentwood, Tenn.)
Micah Burak, Penn, 197 (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Kyle Cowan, Penn, 285 (Fr., Tulsa, Ok.)

HONORABLE MENTION (7)
Garrett Frey, Princeton, 125 (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Kyle Gilchrist, Columbia, 133 (Jr., Jefferson, Ohio)

Grant Overcashier, Brown, 141 (Sr., Goodrich, Mich.)
Steve Santos, Columbia, 149 (So., Brick, N.J.)

Gabe Burak, Penn, 165 (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Mike Pushpak, Columbia, 197 (Sr., Broadview Heights, Ohio)

Stryker Lane, Cornell, 285 (So., Redvale, Colo.)

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