LANCASTER, Pa. – Princeton swept the first five bouts en route to a 34-6 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) win over Franklin & Marshall Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (3-6, 2-1 EIWA) raced out to a 9-0 lead with Brandon Rolnick (6-13) posting a 15-2 major over Andrew Murano (2-9) and Daniel Kolodzik (13-7) rolling up a first period technical fall on Eric Norgard (3-8). Rolnick piled up four takedowns and five back points to set the tone for the day in the 149-pound bout. A takedown and 14 back points gave Kolodzik the technical fall as the first period buzzer sounded.
The early momentum was continued with a pair of decisions before Travis Erdman (11-7) recorded a first period pin at 184 pounds to blow open the lead, 21-0.
Ely finally stopped the bleeding in the 197-pound match. He and Jake Bucha (13-1) accounted for the Diplomats' (0-6, 0-4 EIWA) only wins of the afternoon. The pair remains undefeated in dual meets this season.
Ely secured a takedown and worked a 58-second ride that proved to be the difference in the 5-4 decision of Dan Santoro (2-8). At 10-4, Ely is a win away from matching his career high for wins in a season.
Santoro worked from the bottom in the second, but was not able to escape until 23 seconds of the period had expired. Ely's quick escape to start the third denied Santoro the chance to cut down the riding clock, but the Tiger responded with a quick takedown to gain the lead. Ely escaped quickly once again to knot it up, 4-4. That was the score at the final buzzer, when Ely collected the riding point for the win.
Bucha used four takedowns to put Aaron Krop on ice, 10-4, in the 133-pound bout. He and Ely are 6-0 in dual meet competition this season.
The Diplomats return to action next Sunday at the Shorty Hitchcok Invitational at Millersville.
Franklin & Marshall 6 - Princeton 34
125- Garrett Frey (P) by forfeit
133- Jake Bucha (F&M) dec. Richard Krop, 10-4
141- Luis Ramos (P) maj. dec. Aaron Velasquez, 11-1
149- Brandon Rolnick (P) maj. dec. Andrew Murano, 15-2
157- Daniel Kolodzik (P) tech fall Eric Norgard, 3:00
165- Andrew Lowy (P) dec. Anthony Bongarzone, 8-6
174- Ryan Callahan (P) dec. Matt Fullowan, 6-5
184- Michael Erdman (P) pinned Matt Latessa, 1:47
197- Colin Ely (F&M) dec. Daniel Santoro, 5-4
285- Charles Fox (P) dec. Dan Canfield, 2-1