EIWA Brackets Unveiled, All 10 Mids Seeded
March 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- All 10 of Navys entrants in the 109th EIWA Championship have been seeded it was announced after the brackets were unveiled Thursday evening following a meeting of the conference's head coaches. While all 10 of Navy's wrestlers were seeded among the top eight, three of the five earned the top three seeds. Meanwhile, six Midshipmen will compete in Friday's opening round while four received first-round byes.
Cornell, Navy and Penn are the three schools who had all 10 of their wrestlers seeded in this year's tournament.
Those wrestlers receiving byes for the Mids include No. 2 seed Mathew Miller (Fr./Edgewood, Md.) at 174 pounds, No. 4 seed Mason Bailey (Sr./Fairmont, W.Va.) at 184 pounds, No. 3 seed Oscar Huntley (Sr./Stafford, Va.) at 197 pounds and No. 4 seed Dan Miller (Sr./Berlin, Md.) at heavyweight.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Patrick Prada (So./Laurel, Md.) will battle unseeded Penn Gottfried of Columbia at 125 pounds when the 109th EIWA Championship gets underway on Friday morning. Fourth-seeded Colton Rasche (So./Plano, Ill.) is set to battle unseeded Shay Warren of Harvard at 133 pounds, eighth-seeded Joe Locksmith (Jr./Kissimmee, Fla.) will face unseeded Kevin Moylan of Princeton at 141 pounds, seventh-seeded Raymond Borja (Jr./Virginia Beach, Va.) will take on unseeded Todd Preston of Harvard at 149 pounds, third-seeded Bobby Barnhisel (Sr./River Forest, Ill.) will square off against Army's John Belanger who is unseeded at 157 pounds and fifth-seeded Peyton Walsh (So./Glen Allen, Va.) has unseeded Devon Gobbo of Harvard at 165 pounds.
Hosted by Rutgers, the Rutgers Athletic Center will house the two-day, 14-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 semifinals Friday evening. Saturday's two sessions feature 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, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Cornell, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Lehigh, Penn, Princeton, Rutgers and Sacred Heart.
The EIWA was the recipient of 45 automatic bids to the 2013 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 Div. I winning percentage, RPI and a coaches ranking. Under the current system, put in place four years ago, the number of automatic qualifiers varies in each weight class within the EIWA. Wrestlers who fail to qualify this weekend, however, will be eligible for one of 40 at-large berths which will be announced on Wednesday, March 13. Automatic qualifier allocations for the EIWA are as follows: 4 at 125, 2 at 133, 7 at 141, 4 at 149, 5 at 157, 5 at 165, 4 at 174, 5 at 184, 5 at 197, 4 at 285.
For those fans unable to attend the EIWA Championship, a live video stream (paid subscription) of the entire tournament will be available. Flowrestling will carry Friday's action, as well as session one on Saturday, while Rutgers will stream the finals via RVision on its web site at www.scarletknights.com(.)
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