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Princeton will build off a historic 2016 season with a seven-deep Class of 2020, each of whom has won at least one state championship.
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Princeton Welcomes Seven State Champions Into Wrestling Class Of 2020

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/25/2016
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Months after completing a historic wrestling season, which was punctuated with an All-American honoree for co-captain Brett Harner, head coach Chris Ayres is bringing in another nationally ranked group of recruits for the Class of 2020.

Princeton's seven-deep incoming class, each of whom has won at least one state championship, was ranked 21st by InterMat — the second-best class in the Ivy League and the third-best class in the EIWA. That ranking DOES NOT account for the presence of Matthew Kolodzik, who recently placed second in the Junior World Team Trials, and who placed at Midlands as an unattached wrestler this season. Kolodzik was accepted to Princeton last year, but deferred admission for one year. Kolodzik, who defeated three wrestlers last season who went on to win their respective conferences, will also join the Class of 2020 next season.

The seven newcomers have combined to win 13 state titles over their careers, and several other second- and third-place finishes. They also have numerous other top honors in some of the most competitive competitions in the nation.

"I feel so fortunate that we were able to bring in another Top 25 recruiting class and, combined with last year’s class, these two classes are certainly the best (on paper) since my arrival," Ayres said. "I believe this group of individuals, along with Matthew Kolodzik, will strengthen our current lineup in a way that will allow us to challenge for an Ivy and EIWA championship. The group boasts 22 state placers and 13 individual state titles, making this class one of the most accomplished in recent history. This is my first class where all wrestlers made it to the finals of their state (or national prep) tournaments.

"I would like to thank these young men for joining us on this adventure to being one of the top programs in the country," Ayres said. "Additionally, to put together a class like this takes a lot of work from a lot of people and I would like to recognize Coaches Dubuque, Gray, and Heflin for their work in securing this class. I feel so fortunate to be working next to such a passionate group of coaches."

You can read more about the Class of 2020 below:

Ty Agaisse
125 • Warren, N.J. • Delbarton

• 2014 New Jersey state champion
• 2015, 2016 state runner-up
• 2013 state placewinner as a freshman
• third at Super 32 2013
• 1st at Beast of the East 2013
• 3rd at Fargo 2014
• 2nd at Powerade 2015
• earned Highest Honors at Delbarton School

Christian Araneo
197/285 • Stony Brook, N.Y. • Ward Melville

• 2015, 2016 New York state champion
• 2nd at Super 32s 2015
• 7th at Super 32s 2014
• 3rd at Virginia Beach 2015
• 4th at Virginia Beach 2014
• 2nd at Virginia Beach 2013
• 1st at Journey Man Classic 2015
• 5th at Journey Man Classic 2014
• member of the National Honor Society

Riley DeMoss
165 • St. Charles, Ill. • Marmion Academy

• 2015 Illinois state champion
• 7th at Fargo Freestyle
• team captain
• member of the National Honor Society

Matteo DeVincenzo
125 • Port Jefferson, N.Y. • Port Jefferson

• 2014, 2016 New York state champion
• 2013 state runner-up
• 2015 state third-place finisher
• 2nd at Eastern States 2014
• 4th at NHSCA Virginia Nationals 2014
• 1st at Eastern States 2015
• 7th at NHSCA Virginia Nationals 2015
• 1st at Eastern States 2016
• 8th at NHSCA Virginia Nationals 2016
• team captain
• NHSCA Academic All-American
• National Honor Society member
• Suffolk County Zone Physical Education Leadership Award Winner

Leonard Merkin
149 • Brooklyn, N.Y. • Poly Prep

• four-time New York prep states champion
• 3rd at Prep Nationals 2015
• 2nd at Prep nationals 2016
• 3rd at Eastern States 2015
• 3rd at Eastern States 2016
• 6th at Super 32 2016
• Fargo Junior All American 2014
• Co-founder of Smoothie Boys (fundraising operation)
• Princeton Cup Award Winner

Kevin Parker
184 • Clifton Park, N.Y. • Shenendehowa

• 2015, 2016 New York state champion
• 3rd at FloNationals 2016
• 7th at Fargo Freestyle 2015
• 6th at FloNationals 2015
• 5th at Virginia Beach 2014
• 2nd at Eastern States 2015
• 2nd at Eastern States 2016

Carlin Powell
174 • Powder Springs, Ga. • Hillgrove

• 2016 Georgia state champion
• 2015 state runner-up
• 2014 state placewinner
• 2015 Hillgrove Most Valuable Wrestler recipient
• 2016 Most Valuable Wrestler and Scholar Award recipient
• All County First Team honoree
• 2016 Cobb County Wrestling Association Scholar Athlete and Wrestler of the Year recipient
• 2016 Marietta Daily Journal Wrestler of the Year

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