The 2012-13 Princeton roster includes three New York wrestlers.
There will be at least one more next fall as Edgemont’s Trey Aslanian gave a verbal commitment to the Tigers on Thursday after also considering Harvard and Penn.
“Princeton is such a good academic school and that was important to me,” he said. “But what really separated Princeton was that I fell in love with the coaches. I felt really comfortable around them and I think they can take me to that next level.”
The Tigers have had recent success in the lower weight classes. Last season, the squad sent Garrett Frey (125 pounds) and Adam Krop (141) to the NCAA tournament and in the offseason two-time NCAA champion Joe Dubuque joined the staff.
“It’s definitely a great environment for lightweights,” he said, adding that he plans to compete at 125 pounds. “I loved the intensity that I saw. What really stood out to me was that the team was like a family. Everyone is so close to each other yet they were able to push each other during practice. I could see myself fitting in really well.”
The future Economics major said he’s happy to have made his decision so he can fully direct his attention to his goal of winning his first state title after making the podium in New York each of the past three seasons (in addition to earning All-America honors at Fargo).
“Now I can focus that much more on getting better,” he said. “I’ve been putting a lot of time in on the mat, rolling around with my brothers, [Cornell recruit] Dylan Realbuto and working with Vougar Oroudjov. I’m just sharpening my skills, getting ready.”
He’s getting ready to make a run at the top of the medal stand at 120 pounds after taking second at 103 and 113 the past two campaigns. And then, it’s off to New Jersey.
“I definitely want to thank my parents who have helped me every step along the way,” he said. “Also, [Princeton head coach Chris] Ayers, who has been very welcoming and has helped throughout the process. I’m really happy with my decision. Once I took my visit to Princeton, I knew it was where I wanted to be.”
For more on Trey Aslanian, see this article from earlier in the fall.