original photo courtesy of Cam Kramer
On Thursday night, the Princeton Tigers hosted in-state rival Rider in a battle of teams currently ranked in the top 25. The dual meet was loaded with excellent individual matchups, but none was bigger than the one at 157 lbs. Princeton’s fifth-ranked 157 lber, Quincy Monday, put his 7-1 record on the line against the only opponent to defeat him this season, Jesse Dellavecchia. Dellavecchia came into the match undefeated, at 13-10, and was ranked just above Monday at number four. The two met earlier this year at the Princeton Open the first weekend of the season. In that bout, Dellavecchia escaped with a tight 4-2 win. This time around, there was no such drama, as Monday scored early and often. When it was all said and done, Quincy had amassed 13 points to only seven for the Broncs 157 lber. Monday will carry a four-match winning streak into his next competition, the Midlands. There he could face Iowa’s All-American Kaleb Young, among others. The last time Monday took the mat for Princeton, he handed Young a 3-2 loss. The win over Dellavecchia is sure to propel Quincy into the top four nationally for the first time in his career. In 2018-19, as a freshman, Monday qualified for the NCAA Championships by virtue of his third-place finish at the EIWA Championships. In Pittsburgh, he was eliminated before winning a match, yet has already improved enough to own a pair of wins over the returning EIWA champion and an All-American like Young.