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Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist was one of four Lions to win by major decision against Princeton on Friday.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

Wrestling Crushes Princeton, 28-6, As Four Lions Win By Major Decision

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 02/10/2012
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Kyle Gilchrist, Steve Santos, Jake O’Hara, and Kevin Lester notched wins by major decision as Columbia wrestling team picked up its first Ivy League win of the season in dominant fashion on Friday, crushing Princeton, 28-6 at Dillon Gym.

The Lions (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League, 2-2 EIWA) won eight of the 10 bouts to bring down Princeton (6-11, 1-3 Ivy League) and begin their three-match weekend on a strong note. Columbia jumped out to a 7-0 lead after Robert Dyar (13-14) defeated Ryan Cash, 8-4, at 125 pounds and Gilchrist (21-10) took a 11-3 major decision at 133.

Princeton got on the scoreboard at 141, where Adam Krop had a 6-0 win over Matt Bystol (18-14). Columbia then scored 17 straight points to take clinch the win with 24-3 lead with two matches left.

At 149, Santos (16-5) won his eighth-consecutive bout, defeating dual rookie Seth Hazleton by major decision, 10-2.

O’Hara (22-10) followed with the biggest win of the day, dominating Kyle Roddy, 13-2, for a major decision victory at 157.

Eren Civan, wrestling for the first time since the New York State Wrestling Championships on Jan. 20-21, enjoyed a 5-1 win over Rich Eva to improve his season record to 7-6.

At 174, Stephen West (25-10) won his fourth-straight matchup, taking a 10-5 victory over Andy Lowy.

Shane Hughes improved to 16-9 on the season and 8-5 at 184 with a 4-0 shutout of Dan Santoro.

Nick Mills (9-11) came up just short at 197, losing to Kurt Brendel, 10-9.

At heavyweight, Lester (24-8) closed out the match with an 11-2 major decision over Bobby Grogan. The Lions’ big man continues to win in impressive fashion as 13 of his 24 wins this year have come either by fall or by major decision.

Columbia will face Penn on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia before heading back to the Garden State for a 6 p.m. match at Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Columbia 28, Princeton 6
125 – Robert Dyar (C) d. Ryan Cash, 8-4
133 – Kyle Gilchrist (C) md. Joe De,Quinzio, 11-3
141 – Adam Krop (P) d. Matt Bystol 6-0
149 – Steve Santos (C) md. Seth Hazleton, 10-2
157 – Jake O’Hara (C) md. Kyle ,Roddy, 13-2
165 – Eren Civan (C) d. Rich Eva 5-1
174 – Stephen West (C) d. Andy Lowy, 10-5
184 – Shane Hughes (C) d. Dan Santor,o 4-0
197 – Kurt Brendel (P) d. Nick Mills, 10-9
285 – Kevin Lester (C) md. Bobby Grogan, 11-2

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