Veteran Navy Squad Prepped for EIWA Championship
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The Navy wrestling team (8-3, 3-2 EIWA) begins its pursuit for the program’s first Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) team title since 1990 when it travels to Long Island, N.Y. for the 114th EIWA Championship. In addition to the team title and the 10 EIWA individual crowns, 47 automatic berths to the NCAA Championship (March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena / Cleveland, Ohio) are on the line.
Hosted by Hofstra University, David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex will house the two-day, 16-team tournament which is set to begin on Friday with preliminaries starting at 11:00 am. The tournament will proceed through the completion of the quarterfinals Saturday evening. Sunday’s competition will feature the championship semifinals, the consolation semifinals and placement matches beginning at 10:00 am and the championship finals at 3:00 pm. In addition to Navy, those teams competing this weekend include American, Army West Point, Binghamton, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Hofstra, Lehigh, Penn, Princeton and Sacred Heart.
For those fans unable to attend the EIWA Championship, the EIWA has partnered with Flowrestling to provide streaming video coverage of the entire tournament via its subscription-based service, while free live results will also be available via Flowrestling.
The EIWA received 47 automatic bids to the NCAA Championship when the NCAA announced its qualifier allocations last week. Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data including Division I winning percentage, RPI and a coaches ranking. Wrestlers who fail to qualify this weekend will be eligible for one of 47 at-large berths which will be announced on Tuesday, March 6. Automatic qualifier allocations for the EIWA are as follows: 1 at 125, 3 at 133, 4 at 141, 4 at 149, 6 at 157, 6 at 165, 5 at 174, 7 at 184, 6 at 197 and 5 at 285.
While just two teams from the EIWA enter the weekend nationally ranked - #9 Lehigh and #11 Cornell - there are 32 wrestlers from the conference that appear in the latest InterMat top-20 rankings. Among those 10 are five wrestlers ranked in the top 10, including defending National Champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh at 125 pounds. Of the 16 teams competing this weekend, 12 programs have at least one wrestler ranked in the top 20, while Lehigh leads the list with eight and Cornell has five wrestlers ranked. Cornell has won the team title in each of the last 11 years. The last time a team not named Cornell claimed the team crown was in 2006 when Lehigh ended a string of five straight titles.
The Midshipmen, who placed fifth a year ago, are making their 78th appearance at the EIWA Championship and have won the team title 13 times. Columbia and Penn have appeared in every EIWA Championship, while Army and Navy both joined the conference in 1941. Navy is one of four teams to win the team title at least 10 times with Lehigh winning it the most - 34 times. Navy has placed 434 wrestlers in past EIWA competitions — 104 champions, 88 runners-up.
Seven of Navy’s 10 entrants have made at least one previous appearance at the EIWA Championship, while freshman 125-pound Aslan Kilic (Marietta, Ga.), freshman 133-pound Cody Trybus (Elkton, Md.) and sophomore heavyweight Andrew Piehl (Rogers, Minn.) will make their debut this weekend.
All seven of the Navy wrestlers who have previously seen action at the conference championship have placed at least once, including senior 157-pound Zack Davis (Granger, Ind.) and senior 174-pound Jadaen Bernstein (Glen Gardner, N.J.) who have both placed in each of their previous three appearances. Meanwhile, Bernstein is looking to become the 32nd Navy wrestler to have won at least two EIWA titles, as the three-time NCAA qualifier was crowned the 174-pound EIWA Champion as a freshman in 2015.
Saturday, March 3
11:00 AM: Championship First Round
2:15 PM: 1st Round of Wrestlebacks
6:00 PM: Championship Quarterfinals
7:30 PM: Wrestleback Quarterfinals
Sunday, March 4
10:00 AM: Championship Semifinals
11:45 AM: Wrestleback Semifinals
12:35 PM: 7th-place matches
2:30 PM: EIWA Hall of Fame Ceremony
3:00 PM: 1st, 3rd and 5th-place matches
Live Results: Live results and match-by-match updates will be available at arena.flowrestling.org/
Video: Live coverage of the EIWA Championship will be shown on Flowrestling.org with a paid subscription
Tickets: All-Session Tickets at the door are $90 for adults (A) and $45 for students/children (S/C), Single-Session Tickets are $30 (A) and $20 (S/C) for Sessions 1 and 2 and $35 (A) and $25 (S/C) for Sessions 3 and 4
Ranked Wrestlers Competing (Intermat)
125 - #2 Darian Cruz, Lehigh
133 - #5 Austin DeSanto, Drexel | #10 Scott Parker, Lehigh | #12 Josh Terao, American | #20 Chaz Tucker, Cornell
141 - #3 Yianni Diakomihalis, Cornell | #13 Tyler Smith, Bucknell | #18 Luke Karam, Lehigh | #19 Nicholas Gil, Navy
149 - #11 Matthew Kolodzik, Princeton | #19 Cortlandt Schuyler, Lehigh
157 - #14 Mike D’Angelo, Princeton | #15 Markus Scheidel, Columbia
165 - #18 Jon Jay Chavez, Cornell | #19 Gordon Wolf, Lehigh | #20 Andrew Mendel, Army
174 - #4 Jordan Kutler, Lehigh | #8 Jadaen Bernstein, Navy | #16 Ben Harvey, Army
184 - #3 Ryan Preisch, Lehigh | #12 Max Dean, Cornell | #13 Steve Schneider, Binghamton | #18 Michael Coleman, Navy | #20 Alex DeCiantis, Drexel
197 - #2 Ben Darmstadt, Cornell | #9 Jeric Kasunic, American | #11 Patrick Brucki, Princeton | #13 Frank Mattiace, Penn | #20 Stephen Loiseau, Drexel
285 - #10 Mike Hughes, Hofstra | #12 Jordan Wood, Lehigh | #15 Garrett Ryan, Columbia
EIWA Championship Team Titles
Team / # / Years
Lehigh / 34 / 1927-28-29-31-32-33-34-35-38-39-40-47-48-59-61-62-64-66-67-75-76-77-79-80-83-85-88-95-00-02-03-04-05-06
Cornell / 25 / 1910-12-13-14-15-16-17-22-23-26-30-58-92-93-07-08-09-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17
Navy / 13 / 1943-44-45-46-68-69-70-72-74-82-84-86-90
Penn / 4 / 1996-97-98-99
Princeton / 3 / 1911-41-78
Army West Point / 1 / 1987
Harvard / 1 / 2001
American / 0 / ---
Binghamton / 0 / ---
Brown / 0 / ---
Bucknell / 0 / ---
Columbia / 0 / ---
Drexel / 0 / ---
Franklin & Marshall / 0 / ---
Hofstra / 0 / ---
Sacred Heart / 0 / ---
Co-champions in 1927-41-60
No longer members
Penn State / 16 / 1918-19-20-21-24-25-36-37-42-51-52-53-57-60-71-73
Syracuse / 8 / 1949-50-63-65-81-89-91-94
Yale / 7 / 1905-06-07-08-09-27-41
Pitt / 4 / 1954-55-56-60
125 - Aslan Kilic | Fr. | Marietta, Ga. | 10-11 in 2017-18 | 10-11 career | First appearance at EIWA Championship
• #8 EIWA Preseed
• Making his first appearance at the EIWA Championship
• Owns a 7-6 record this season in tournament action, placing 3rd at the All-Academy Championship
133 - Cody Trybus | Fr. | Elkton, Md. | 14-12 in 2017-18 | 14-12 career | First appearance at EIWA Championship
• #7 EIWA Preseed
• Making his first appearance at the EIWA Championship
• Owns a, 8-8 tournament record this season which includes a 2nd-place finish at the All-Academy Championship and a 2nd-place finish at the Eastern Michigan Open (Fr/So. Div)
141 - Nicholas Gil | Jr. | Crystal Lake, Ill. | 27-6 in 2017-18 | 73-29 career | 3-3 at EIWA Championship
• #4 EIWA Preseed
• #19 Intermat Ranking
• #18 Coaches Ranking | #13 RPI
• Will make his second appearance at the EIWA Championship and first since his freshman year. Put together a 3-3 mark to place sixth in 2016 and qualify for the NCAA Championship
• He owns a 10-4 tournament mark that includes a three title wins this season - Eastern Michigan Open, Navy Classic, All-Academy Classic
• His 27 wins are a personal best and tied as the fifth most by a Navy wrestler at 141 pounds
149 - Jared Prince | So. | Safety Harbor, Fla. | 16-3 in 2017-18 | 43-12 career | 4-1 at EIWA Championship
• #4 EIWA Preseed
• Will make his second appearance at the EIWA Championship after posting a 4-1 record a year ago and placing third
• Missed the entire first half of the 2017-18 season with a knee injury, he owns a 15-2 tournament mark that includes a third-place finish at the Southern Scuffle, 1st place at Shorty Hitchcock Memorial and 6th place at Edinboro Open
• He owns a 7-5 career record against ranked foes - 6-5 as a freshman, 1-0 as a sophomore (5-2 dec. over #19 Steve Krivus of Virginia)
• Enters the tournament riding a five-match winning streak that dates back to the Edinboro Open on Feb. 3.
157 - Zack Davis | Sr. | Granger, Ind. | 24-10 in 2017-18 | 100-51 career | 10-5 at EIWA Championship
• #7 EIWA Preseed
• #29 Coaches Ranking | #20 RPI
• Will make his fourth appearance at the EIWA Championship where he has place in all three previous appearances and owns a combined 10-5 record - 7th at 133 in 2015, 3rd at 133 in 2016 and qualified for the NCAA Championship, 6th at 157 in 2017
• He owns a 17-7 tournament record this season, winning the All-Academy Championship and placing at the Eastern Michigan Open (3rd), Navy Classic (5th) and Southern Scuffle (5th)
• He has won 20 or more matches all four years and with 100 wins, he stands 15th on the Mids’ all-time wins list.
• He stands seventh in Navy history having wrestled 151 career matches.
165 - Drew Daniels | Sr. | Overland Park, Kan. | 22-4 in 2017-18 | 64-41 career | 4-6 at EIWA Championship
• #5 EIWA Preseed
• #20 Coaches Ranking | #11 RPI
• Heads into his fourth EIWA Championship appearance with a 4-6 record. Won four matches a year ago en route to a fifth-place finish, the first time he’s placed at the conference tournament.
• Has amassed a 14-2 record in tournament action, claiming three individual titles - Eastern Michigan Open, Navy Classic, All-Academy Championship
174 - Jadaen Bernstein | Sr. | Glen Gardner, N.J. | 19-4 in 2017-18 | 108-41 career | 11-3 at EIWA Championship | 2015 EIWA Champion
• #2 EIWA Preseed
• #8Intermat Ranking
• #8 Coaches Ranking | #4 RPI
• Enters the weekend having won 11 of his 14 matches in three appearances at the EIWA Championship. Was crowned the 2015 EIWA Champion as a freshman, lost one match in 2016 in the semis to top-seeded Brian Realbuto of Cornell and went on to place third and lost two matches a year ago en route to a fourth-place finish.
• Has posted a 16-3 record in tournament action, placing in all four tournaments in which he competed - Navy Classic (1st), All-Academy Championship (1st), Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (5th) and the Southern Scuffle (6th).
• He won 24 or more matches in each of his first three seasons and with one win this weekend he will reach the 20-win mark for the fourth straight year.
• With 108 career victories, he is tied for 10th on the Mids’ all-time wins list. It’s the most wins by a Navy wrestler since Peyton Walsh won 108 from 2012-15. One more victory would give him 109 wins, the most since Bryce Saddoris set the school record with 147 from 2008-10.
• He is looking to join the short list of Navy wrestlers who have won multiple EIWA individual titles. If he could capture the title this weekend, he would be just the 32nd Navy wrestler and the first since Joe Baker who claimed titles in 2008 and ‘09.
• Should he finish among the top five at 174 pounds and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship, he would become just the seventh wrestler in Navy history to qualify all four years - John Reich (1980-83), Frank Shaffer (1980-83), Scott Schleicher (1987-90), Dan Hicks (1992-95), Joe Baker (2006-09) and Bryce Saddoris (2008-11)
184 - Michael Coleman | Sr. | Hudson, Ohio | 28-5 in 2017-18 | 80-39 career | 5-4 at EIWA Championship
• #6 EIWA Preseed
• #18 Intermat Ranking
• #17 Coaches Ranking | #16 RPI
• Making his third appearance at the EIWA Championship. In 2016, he put together a 2-3 mark at 165 pounds and included a win over eighth-seeded Ray Bethea of Penn. Last year he was the recipient of the Sheridan Award, winning the most matches by fall in the shortest time. He took second place and qualified for his first NCAA Championship
• Posted a 19-5 tournament record this season, placing at four of the five tournaments in which he competed - Eastern Michigan Open (1st), All-Academy Championship (1st), Navy Classic (2nd), Southern Scuffle (5th). He did not place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
• His 28 wins are the most on the team
• Looking to join the ranks of Navy wrestlers who have won 30 matches in a season. It’s been done 53 times by 47 different wrestlers.
• Enters the weekend riding an 11-match winning streak which dates back to the Southern Scuffle on Jan. 2
197 - Steban Cervantes | Sr. | Poway, Calif. | 10-8 in 2017-18 | 56-40 career | 4-6 at EIWA Championship
• #8 EIWA Preseed
• Making his third trip to the EIWA Championship, he has placed eighth twice (2015, 2017)
• Owns a 6-5 tournament record this season, h placed second at the Eastern Michigan Open and fourth at the All-Academy Championship
• Has battled injury over the course of the season
285 - Andrew Piehl | So. | Rogers, Minn. | 8-8 in 2017-18 | 17-17 career | First appearance at EIWA Championship
• Will see his first action at the EIWA Championship.
• Competed in four tournaments over the course of the season, placing second at the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial
### Go Navy ###