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Returners Jordan Laster, Brett Harner, Jon Schleifer and Ray O'Donnell will compete in the Battle at the Birthplace next year.
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Princeton, Rutgers Set For Outdoor 'Battle At The Birthplace' In November

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/09/2016
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Princeton wrestling just completed a year where it achieved standards it hadn't reached in more than a decade, if not a full generation. Next year, they plan on going somewhere they've never been before.

They're going outdoors.

Princeton will take on Rutgers Saturday, Nov. 19, in the "Battle at the Birthplace" inside High Point Solutions Stadium. The match, scheduled to begin at 11 am, will be held prior to the Rutgers-Penn State football game later that evening.

The individual ticket price for the event is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Group tickets will be available for $6 apiece for parties of 20 or more. Tickets for the “Battle at the Birthplace” will go on sale at a later date.

"Being from New Jersey, I am so grateful to be a part of this event,” said Princeton head coach Chris Ayres, the 2016 Ivy League Coach of the Year. “This is not really about Rutgers or Princeton; this is about New Jersey wrestling and about our fans. I am excited for our fans to show that New Jersey has among the strongest, if not the strongest, wrestling following in the country. I can't see a reason why we can't break the record for the most fans at a wrestling event in New Jersey, and we will be prepared to put on a show. It only seems fitting that we do an event this monumental at the birthplace of college football, with the two teams that got it all started.”

"I'm really excited that the ‘Battle at the Birthplace’ will take place. We will always try to push the envelope and create an atmosphere that is special. This event provides not only Rutgers fans but the great fans of New Jersey an opportunity to see two programs with some talented wrestlers compete,” said Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale. “For this to work, we will need the support of the whole state, the coaches on all levels, and the Rutgers and Princeton alumni to really jump on board. Both Chris Ayres and I see this is as a great opportunity to show off our programs on a national stage and that has the both of us excited.”

Princeton is coming off a season when it claimed its first All-American (Brett Harner) and EIWA Champion (Harner) since 2003, and it first Midlands finalist (Jon Schleifer) ever. As a team, Princeton finished fifth in the EIWA Championships, its best finish since winning the event in 1978, and it wrestled in an Ivy League championship match for the first time since 1986.

For more information on the event, including plans for potential weather and ticket links, click here.

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