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The first to 500: After wrestling victory, Princeton first to secure 500 Ivy League championships

<p>Princeton wresting holding the 500 Ivy League Championships banner after their Ivy League Championship against Cornell.</p>
<h6>Photo Courtesy of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/princetonathletics/" target="_self">@princetonathletics</a> Instagram account</h6>

Princeton wresting holding the 500 Ivy League Championships banner after their Ivy League Championship against Cornell.

Photo Courtesy of @princetonathletics Instagram account

Princeton athletics has a knack for being first. Princeton provided four out of the 14 men that competed in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The Princeton football team played in the first collegiate football game, a milestone whose sesquicentennial anniversary was observed last year. The Princeton field hockey team made history in 2012 as the first Ivy League team to win the Division I NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Mary Moan ’97 won the first Ivy League individual title for women’s golf in 1997.

Feb. 9, 2020 is now another significant day of history for Princeton athletics. Yesterday, Princeton became the first Ivy League school to secure 500 Ivy League Championship titles. 

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No. 16 Princeton wrestling paved the way for this monumental moment by defeating No. 17 Cornell, winning their first Ivy League championship since 1986. The Tigers broke Cornell’s 92-match winning streak, which began in 2002, and defeated the Big Red for the first time since 1986. 

As of Feb. 9, the NCAA ranked Princeton at No. 16 and Cornell at No. 17. InterMat wrestling had Princeton ranked at No. 9 and Cornell at No. 20.

Sophomore Travis Stefanik’s match was the defining moment for Princeton wrestling’s victory over Cornell, and the excitement radiating from Jadwin Gymnasium is evident in videos of the countdown.

In a post-match interview with ESPN, Stefanik said, “I just don’t know what else to say right now. I am just so happy.” 

According to the official Princeton Athletics Twitter account, more than 14,000 student athletes have participated in achieving each of the Tigers’ 500 championships. 

The list below includes all league championships won by Princeton teams, as provided by GoPrincetonTigers.com. According to the website, any championships won prior to 1956 are not considered official Ivy League championships.

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Baseball (19)

1941, 1942, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1965, 1974, 1985, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2016

*prior to 1993 EIBL decided Ivy champion

Men’s Basketball (33)

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1922, 1925, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2011, 2017

*from 1902-55 the EIBL decided Ivy champion

Women’s Basketball (14)

1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1985, 1999, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019

Men’s Cross Country (21)

1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1996*, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018

*if a non-Ivy League team won (e.g. Army, Navy), the Ivy title went to the top Ivy team

Women’s Cross Country (9)

1978, 1979, 1980, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015

Men’s Fencing (16)

1959, 1960, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017

Women’s Fencing (10)

1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Field Hockey (25)

1981, 1982, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019.

Football (12)

1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2014, 2016, 2018

Men’s Golf (25)

1961, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2019

*prior to 1975 Easterns decided Ivy champion

Women’s Golf (6)

1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2017, 2018

Men’s Hockey (4)

1941, 1953, 1999, 2008

*Quadrangular Championship in 1941, Pentagonal Championship in 1953

Women’s Hockey (8)

1982, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2016, 2019

Men’s Lacrosse (27)

1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015

Women’s Lacrosse (15)

1993, 1994 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Men’s Heavyweight Rowing (5)

1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006

Men’s Lightweight Rowing (16)

1942, 1948, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2009, 2010

*championship decided on the winner of the V8 race at EARC

Women’s Open Rowing (18)

1982, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Men’s Soccer (9)

1957, 1960, 1988, 1993, 1999, 2001, 2010, 2015, 2018

Women’s Soccer (10)

1982, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018

Softball (19)

1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2016, 2017

Men’s Squash (18)

1957, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013

Women’s Squash (6)

1989, 1991, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2013

Men’s Swimming & Diving (30)

1965, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Women’s Swimming & Diving (22)

1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

Men’s Tennis (17)

1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988

Women’s Tennis (15)

1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

Men’s Indoor Track & Field (22)

1980, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Women’s Indoor Track & Field (9)

1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2011

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (21)

1938, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991*, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019

*if a non-Ivy League team won (e.g. Army, Navy), the Ivy title went to the top Ivy team

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field (9)

1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1998, 2009, 2011

Women’s Volleyball (17)

1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017

Wrestling (12)

1956, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1985, 1986, 2020

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