Mathew Kolodzik’s wrestling resume is so impressive it just makes sense to tell it from the beginning. Kolo, as his friends and teammates call him, is a native of Bellbrook, Ohio. After winning the Ohio State Championship his freshman year he transferred to the Blair Academy where he went on to become a three-time National Prep champion, Powerade champion, Iron Man champion, Beast of the East champion, Fargo Cadet Freestyle champion, and the Geary Invitational champion. When it was all said and done at Blair, Kolo was a Clinch Gear 2015 first-team All-American and the nation’s number one recruit and top-ranked wrestler by InterMat and Flo Wrestling at 138 pounds. After high school Matt took a year to work on his academic pursuits and in June of 2016, he won the University Nationals and competed in the 2016 World University Games.
In September of 2016 Kolo enrolled at Princeton University and became Princeton’s first freshman All-American in program history. In his freshman season Matt became only the second Princeton wrestler to reach the Midlands Championship finals, won the Southeast Open, won the 141-pound EIWA championship without giving up a single take down. After the season Kolo received Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors and was also named to the All-Ivy First Team.
In his sophomore season Matt posted Princeton’s best NCAA Championships finish since 2002 when he placed 3rd at 149 in Cleveland after being seeded 11th. At the NCAA’s Kolo took out #2 Brandon Sorenson (Iowa), #3 Grant Leeth (Missouri), #4 Troy Heilmann (North Carolina), and #6 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan). For his efforts he earned All-American honors for a second straight season, repeated as EIWA champion, received first-team All-Ivy League honors for a second straight season and was selected to compete at the NWCA All-Star Classic.
As a Junior Mathew Kolodzik continued to impress. He was named team Captain and spent the majority of the season ranked either #1 or #2 in the nation. In addition, Kolo became Princeton’s first three-time All-American and their first Midlands champion in program history. Matt received All-Ivy League honors for the third straight year, won the NWCA All-Star Classic and placed third at the EIWA Championships.
COVID-19 seriously impacted Matt’s Senior season and derailed a chance to win a National Championship title when the 2019/2020 wrestling season was cut short by the NCAA. Regardless, the team Captain became Princeton’s first four-time D1 NCAA All-American and was selected to the All-Ivy League for the fourth consecutive year. He also received NWCA honors and again won the EIWA champion. Mathew Kolodzik ended his NCAA career with a 93-15 record.
After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Kolo has set his sights on international competition looking to make the USA World and Olympic Teams.
Greg Hart is known as the wrestlers wrestler. . . tough as nails, fast as lightning and very highly skilled. Greg hails from Bernardsville and attended Bernards High School where he earned four varsity letters in wrestling, was a two-year wrestling captain and racked up an amazing record of 116-24. Greg’s other wrestling accomplishments include being a 2 time county and district champion, 3 time state qualifier and he wrestled his way onto the podium in Atlantic City finishing third in the New Jersey State Finals in 2006. Greg also earned three varsity letters for the Mountaineers in football, two in track and one in lacrosse.
Coach Hart was recruited to wrestle for Bucknell University (D1) and was an immediate starter for the Bison’s at the 125 pound weight class. Greg wrestled impressively for Bucknell before chronic injures forced his retirement by the start of his junior year. Some of Coach Hart’s collegiate career highlights included his dramatic pin against Ryan Fitzgerald that drove Bucknell to a 21-21 tie against Harvard; his two major decisions and a pin against Alex Usztics in the Navy Classic and his 9-1 major decision over Jake Bucha of Lehigh.
Since Bucknell, Greg built an impressive career in corporate recruiting and eventually returned to Bernardsville where he currently lives with his new bride.
Arlen was a four year varsity wrestler for head coach David Brothers at Bernards High School where he racked up 75 victories. While wrestling for the Mountaineers Arlen wrestled in three district finals and earned champion honors once. Coach Mase was then honored by the wrestling community when he was twice voted first team all-conference, all-county and all-division.
Alren then wrestled for the Golden Knights of Gannon University in Pennsylvania. Arlen wrestled all for years for GU and was named a PSAC Wrestling Champion Scholar, received the NCAA Athletics Directors Association (ADA) Academic Achievement Award and was named as an honorable mention to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Academic All-America.
Currently, Arlen Mase is a wrestling coach for New Providence High School.
Roy Dragon III
Roy Dragon is known as one of the finest wrestlers to ever compete for Bridgewater Raritan High School. Coach Dragon, a two time High School All American, had an overall wrestling record of 148 – 12 while at Bridgewater.
During his time at Bridgewater, Roy dominated his opponents Pinning over 75% of the challengers he faced. When his high school career was over, Roy not only set the school record for Pins with 111 but was 2nd all time in the state of NJ for pins and in the top 5 in total wins. He finished his career as a 3 time New Jersey State Place Winner.
Roy was highly recruited out of high school and chose to wrestle for the Monarchs of Old Dominion University, a highly competitive Division 1 NCAA school . While wrestling for Old Dominion Roy was voted onto the Colonial Athletic Conference All Freshman Team and was a two year starter.
After college Roy Dragon has coached at numerous wrestling clubs and was the assistant Varsity Coach for AL Johnson High School and Northern Valley Demarest. Coach Dragon is also a New Jersey Varsity Wrestling Official.