There are not many teams that have wrestled a schedule tougher than Princeton this season. They have made the trip to Iowa City, Wisconsin, Lehigh, and Virginia Tech. Now they finally welcome a team to their home turf with their minds set on an upset. Princeton just finished their best Midlands Tournament in their long history crowing two champions and finishing fifth as a team. In the most recent TOM NCAA DI Team Rankings, they are ranked 11th & 15th in a tournament and dual strength. They have the best wrestler in the nation at 149 in junior Matt Kolodzik, and they have an undefeated 197 in sophomore Patrick Brucki. They also have a very good freshman wrestler at 125 pounds who has only lost to returning national champion Spencer Lee (Iowa) this season. Patrick Glory is 15-2 and while only ranked 11th now, I expect him to finish much higher come March. Princeton is a team on the rise in the EIWA and it is in no small part to their head coach Chris Ayres. He has been the catalyst that has been building this program into a name that wrestling fans no longer associate with just being an Ivy League team.
Things are going to get even more difficult for them this weekend though. They welcome in 18th ranked North Carolina and then follow that up with a visit from second-ranked Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are coming off a Southern Scuffle that saw them place seven wrestlers into the semifinals and crown four champions. If Princeton is a glutton for punishment, this might finally fill up their plate. The Cowboy lineup boasts 10 wrestlers ranked in the TOM Top 20 which means this dual should see firepower matches at 125, 149, and 197. In years past, it would not have been crazy to predict a shutout for Oklahoma State, but this year is different. Princeton has the wrestlers to not only win matches they are favored in but the ability to pull upsets at other weights as well. One of the very interesting notes about this dual is that as far as I can tell, none of these wrestlers have ever met in college before. This may not be the Dual of the Week, but it was certainly a match we could not ignore. Check out below for our preview of #2 Oklahoma State at #15 Princeton.