For the first time this season, all 13 EIWA programs hit the mat in competition this past weekend highlighted by four teams who headed to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic. Home cooking was in true order as Penn took the tournament behind five, first place finishes and one “Outstanding” performance.
At 197 pounds, Micah Burak breezed through the bracket by winning all three of his matches, two via pins and one major decision. Burak met American’s Daniel Mitchell in the finals and put the Eagle on his back in 6:28. For his efforts, the tournament named Burak its Outstanding Wrestler.
Rollie Peterkin (133), Zach Kemmerer (141), Scott Giffin (184), and Kyle Cowan (Hvy) also took first in their respective brackets. By taking half of the first place finishes, the Quakers took the tournament easily, amassing 143.5 points.
The Eagles of American took third at the Keystone Classic as Steve Fittery continued his accession to the cream of the crop of 157-pound wrestlers. Intermat now ranks the Denver, Pa., native numero uno amongst 157-pounders after Fittery demolished the competition in Philly behind three pins and one major decision.
Two other Ivy Leaguers rounded out the four schools who competed at the Keystone Classic with Princeton and Brown finishing eighth and 12th, respectively.
Tiger Garrett Frey (125) continued his strong sophomore campaign, taking second in his bracket with a strong 11-4 decision over Antonio Gravely of Appalachian State in the semifinals.
Brandon Schull found the podium for Brown, finishing sixth in the 197-pound bracket.
All Hands on Deck
It’s safe to say that Navy will not be forgetting this performance any time soon. Hosting the Navy Classic for the 33rd time, the Midshipmen sent a total of 11 grapplers to the finals and took the tournament comfortably with 135.5 points.
In total, seven Navy wrestlers finished the day No. 1 including Joe Locksmith (141) and Dan Miller (Hvy) taking down teammates to claim the championship.
Aaron Kalil (125), Eric Filipowicz (149), Bryce Saddoris (157), Matt DeMichiel (174), and Luke Rebuertus (184) also took home the gold.
The win for Saddoris marked the second time the senior took the Navy Classic and it moved him into sole possession of fifth on the all-time wins list in Navy history with 118. He is just one win away from tying for fourth all time.
In its first action of the season, Bucknell also competed in the Navy Classic and put together a formidable showing, finishing second with 78 points.
Corey Lear (165) represented the only first place finish for the Bison, taking down Navy’s Mason Bailey in the finals with a 9-2 decision.
Franklin & Marshall rounded out the EIWA representation at the Navy Classic. Finishing sixth, the Diplomats boast a champion of their own in Jake Bucha. The 133-pounder took down Alex Pellicotti of Bucknell in the finals by an 8-4 score.
Middle of the Road
The EIWA went an even 5-5 in duals this week as six schools forwent tournaments to take on teams head to head.
The biggest dual of the week had to be the much-anticipated matchup between No. 1 Cornell and No. 9 Central Michigan.
In front of the home crown, the Big Red swarmed Central Michigan to the tune of a 24-10 win. Cornell owned the middle weights, winning seven bouts in a row including a fall from No. 1 Cam Simaz at 197 pounds.
No. 11 Lehigh also took advantage of the home crowd in its quest to knock off a Midwest school as the Mountain Hawks took down No. 19 Michigan by a convincing 25-6 score.
Austin Meys (174) scored the only major decision of the day when his 11-1 thumping put the match well out of reach.
No. 24 Rutgers and Harvard trekked back to upstate New York to partake in the Sprawl & Brawl Duals in Binghamton. Both teams fell victim to No. 5 Penn State as Harvard fell 45-0 to the Nittany Lions and the Scarlet Knights lost 22-10.
All was not lost for Rutgers as the squad took down a tough West Virginia team earlier in the day by a 25-14 score.
The same could not be said for the Crimson, as the Ivy League school dropped its other two duals to Michigan State and Eastern Michigan by scores of 31-10 and 24-22, respectively.
Columbia kicked off its dual meet season by making the trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Disney DI Duals. After a close, 21-16 loss to Indiana, the squad bounced back to defeat The Citadel, 19-15.
Raising the Bar
There was little surprise at Saturday’s Body Bar Invitational as host — and No. 1 team in the nation — Cornell took first behind three, first place finishes. Justin Kerber (165), Mack Lewnes (174), and Steve Bosak (184) all earned gold as the Big Red scored 134 team points.
Also competing at Body Bar, Army finished ninth behind third place performances from Jordan Thome (133) and Daniel Young (149).
Wrestler of the Week
Steve Bosak of Cornell, the No. 4 wrestler at 184 pounds, enjoyed a perfect weekend by earning a 4-0 decision over Central Michigan’s Chad Friend before taking first in his bracket at the Body Bar Invitational.
The State College, Pa., native gave up only two total points in three decisions and also earned a pin in his first round of action.
What’s to Come
Nov. 27 #24 Rutgers, Columbia, and American at the Northeast Duals
Nov. 27 Bucknell vs. South Dakota State, #14 Nebraska
Nov. 27 #11 Lehigh at Mat-Town Open
Nov. 28 Bucknell at Oklahoma State