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TOM’s College Wrestler of the Week – January 14th, 2019

Original photo courtesy of Cam Kramer

This week’s college wrestler of the week Matt Kolodzik of Princeton earns the honor after holding off, not one, but two of the top five 149 lbers in the nation to maintain his spot atop the rankings. On Friday evening Princeton hosted North Carolina whose freshman Austin O’Connor carried a number four ranking at 149 lbs and an 11-match winning streak into the dual. Kolodzik scored a first-period takedown and never looked back, cruising to a 3-2 win and handing O’Connor only his third loss of the season. The next afternoon Oklahoma State visited and featured an undefeated freshman (19-0) Kaden Gfeller, who was ranked fifth in the country. In this match, Kolodzik was able to open up more and score takedowns in all three periods to down Gfeller 8-3. Although Gfeller is dangerous in scrambles and on the mat, Kolodzik was solid in all positions and was never threatened. After his pair of wins on the weekend, Matt has now run his record to a perfect 14-0. Just two weeks ago, Kolodzik became the first Princeton wrestler to win the Midlands Championships (he was quickly joined by teammate Patrick Brucki, as the second). All eyes are now focused on the Tigers February 3rd dual with in-state rival Rutgers. That dual will likely feature a meeting between Matt and second-ranked and undefeated Anthony Ashnault. Kolodzik is a two-time All-American for Princeton out of Bellbrook, Ohio.

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