EIWA Tourney Recap

LEWISBURG, Pa. — When the dust settled at Sojka Pavilion on the campus of Bucknell University, the 107th EIWA Championships provided a fair share of upsets, dominating performances, and all around great matchups. While the nation’s best team proved why they are the best, a handful of teams left Lewisburg, Pa., with plenty to cheer about. Here’s a look at how the top five teams finished up: Continue reading “EIWA Tourney Recap”

EIWA weekly review: Cornell claims Ivy League crown

While a 40-9 win over Harvard may seem like just another day at work for Cornell, the season-ending dual victory marked the ninth-straight year in which the Big Red claim the Ivy League crown.

While a 40-9 win over Harvard may seem like just another day at work for Cornell, the season-ending dual victory marked the ninth-straight year in which the Big Red claim the Ivy League crown.

Harvard’s heavy hitters got their licks in with Stephen Keith (125) and Walter Peppelman (157) scoring wins in individual bouts, but outside of those two matches, Cornell was in total control. Mike Grey (133), Justin Kerber (165), Mack Lewnes (174), and Cam Simaz (197) all claimed pins as the Big Red finished the dual meet portion of their schedule with a 13-1 record.

Earlier in the week, Cornell earned its 12th win of the season when the team blanked Brown, 44-0. Seven of 10 grapplers earned bonus points for the Big Red. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Cornell claims Ivy League crown”

EIWA weekly review: Rutgers comes from behind to best American

It all came down to bonus points Wednesday night in New Brunswick in a conference against two of the EIWA’s top programs in Rutgers and American. Both the Scarlet Knights and the Eagles claimed five bouts apiece, but in the end a major decision from Alex Caruso (174) and a pin from Dan Rinaldi (184) gave Rutgers the 19-15 victory.

It all came down to bonus points Wednesday night in New Brunswick in a conference against two of the EIWA’s top programs in Rutgers and American. Both the Scarlet Knights and the Eagles claimed five bouts apiece, but in the end a major decision from Alex Caruso (174) and a pin from Dan Rinaldi (184) gave Rutgers the 19-15 victory.

The win is the 16th in a row for the Scarlet Knights as they improved to 20-1 and the loss drops American to 12-6 in dual meet action. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Rutgers comes from behind to best American”

EIWA weekly review: Penn goes undefeated in Ivy League weekend

Ivy League competition dominated this weekend’s slate of EIWA matchups as all of the Ivy Leaguer’s in the conference stepped into the circle. No team put itself in better position to challenge Cornell for the Ivy League title than Penn, who went 3-0 on the weekend.

Ivy League competition dominated this weekend’s slate of EIWA matchups as all of the Ivy Leaguer’s in the conference stepped into the circle. No team put itself in better position to challenge Cornell for the Ivy League title than Penn, who went 3-0 on the weekend.

The Quakers kicked off the weekend by hosting Brown and Harvard in Philadelphia. Penn quickly disposed of Brown, 35-0, before dominating Harvard by a 35-7 tally. Both duals started of the same with Mark Rappo getting things going at 125 pounds. Against Brown’s Billy Waterson, Rappo finished things off in the second period with a 21-6 technical fall at 4:48 to put Penn up 5-0. Rappo really helped his EIWA Tournament seeding later in the day by defeating Harvard’s Steven Keith Keith. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Penn goes undefeated in Ivy League weekend”

EIWA weekly review: Columbia goes 3-0 in prep for Ivy League

With the Ivy League schedule less than a week away, Columbia heads in with as much momentum as possible. The Lions hosted three duals yesterday at the University Gymnasium and bested all three opponents in Millersville, Rider, and Franklin & Marshall. The wins bumped Columbia’s record to 6-4, as they are now halfway through a six-match homestand.

With the Ivy League schedule less than a week away, Columbia heads in with as much momentum as possible. The Lions hosted three duals yesterday at the University Gymnasium and bested all three opponents in Millersville, Rider, and Franklin & Marshall. The wins bumped Columbia’s record to 6-4, as they are now halfway through a six-match homestand.

The day started off against Millersville at 11 a.m. when the Lions won handedly, 46-3. A forfeit at 125 followed by a pin at 133 courtesy of Kyle Gilchrist got the ball rolling and gave Columbia the early 12-0 lead. The Lions totaled bonus points in eight of its nine victories. Along with Gilchrist, Jake O’Hara (157), Mike Pushpak (197), and Kevin Lester (Hvy) all earned pins. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Columbia goes 3-0 in prep for Ivy League”

EIWA review: Lehigh dethrones Cornell, Rutgers upsets Va. Tech

With less than two months to go before the EIWA Tournament on the campus of Bucknell University, arguably the most heated rivalry in the conference took place as No. 1 Cornell traveled to No. 17 Lehigh.

With less than two months to go before the EIWA Tournament on the campus of Bucknell University, arguably the most heated rivalry in the conference took place as No. 1 Cornell traveled to No. 17 Lehigh.

The teams split the dual with five wins apiece, but bonus points proved to be the deciding factor as the Mountain Hawks used the home crowd to dethrone the Big Red, 17-15.

The match went back and forth with neither team winning more than two bouts in a row. An opening 9-3 decision at 125 pounds by Frank Perrelli was quickly countered with two-straight wins from Lehigh. Frank Cagnina earned a major decision over Joe Stanzione at 133 pounds followed by an 8-5 upset at 141 pounds with Stephen Dutton over Corey Manson. Continue reading “EIWA review: Lehigh dethrones Cornell, Rutgers upsets Va. Tech”

EIWA weekly review: Midseason Report Card

We are halfway through the 2010-11 season and the EIWA has seen its ups and downs. Some schools sputtered out of the gates while others soared. And that one Ivy League program in upstate New York just continues to go about its business, despite the target marked “No. 1” on its back. It is time to break down the conference school by school to see how each team fared in the early going.

We are halfway through the 2010-11 season and the EIWA has seen its ups and downs. Some schools sputtered out of the gates while others soared. And that one Ivy League program in upstate New York just continues to go about its business, despite the target marked “No. 1” on its back. It is time to break down the conference school by school to see how each team fared in the early going. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Midseason Report Card”

EIWA weekly review: Conference places 13 at Midlands

[midlandslogo] On the campus of Northwestern University, the EIWA put together an admirable performance at the 2010 Midlands Championships. The conference placed a total of 13 wrestlers, including tournament champions at 149 pounds and heavyweight.

On the campus of Northwestern University, the EIWA put together an admirable performance at the 2010 Midlands Championships. The conference placed a total of 13 wrestlers, including tournament champions at 149 pounds and heavyweight.

At 125, the lone EIWA representative on the podium came in the form of Rutgers’ Matt Fusco. The sophomore rebounded after an opening round loss to reel off four wins in a row in the wrestlebacks. Fusco upset seventh-seeded Steven Keith of Harvard on his way to an eighth place finish. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Conference places 13 at Midlands”

EIWA weekly review: Navy takes seventh at Reno Tourney

Just two weeks after fellow EIWA school Cornell took first at the Las Vegas Invitational, Navy headed to the state of Nevada on Dec. 19 with similar aspirations at the Reno Tournament of Champions. When the dust settled out West, the Midshipmen came away with a solid seventh-place finish out of a total of 30 programs.

Just two weeks after fellow EIWA school Cornell took first at the Las Vegas Invitational, Navy headed to the state of Nevada on Dec. 19 with similar aspirations at the Reno Tournament of Champions. When the dust settled out West, the Midshipmen came away with a solid seventh-place finish out of a total of 30 programs.

Navy finished with 70.0 points, five less than sixth-place Chattanooga but five points ahead of eighth-place Stanford. Wyoming took first overall with a score of 106.0, edging out Boise State by a total of one and half points. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Navy takes seventh at Reno Tourney”

EIWA weekly review: Lehigh topples No. 19 Central Michigan

Over half of the EIWA was in action this past weekend and while six of the seven schools won at least one dual in that span, none were more impressive than No. 11 Lehigh’s 23-9 trouncing of visiting No. 19 Central Michigan on Dec. 12.

Over half of the EIWA was in action this past weekend and while six of the seven schools won at least one dual in that span, none were more impressive than No. 11 Lehigh’s 23-9 trouncing of visiting No. 19 Central Michigan on Dec. 12.

The Mountain Hawks brought Leeman-Turner Arena to its feet and made a statement, taking seven of ten bouts from the Chippewas, including the only two major decisions of the day.

Lehigh took three straight in the middleweights, highlighted by Brian Tanen’s 9-1 major over Adam Miller at 157 pounds with the match tied at six apiece. The Mountain Hawks never looked back from that four-point lead and only dropped one more match on the day, reeling off three straight wins again to finish out the dual. Continue reading “EIWA weekly review: Lehigh topples No. 19 Central Michigan”

EIWA week in review: Cornell more than lucky in Vegas

The holiday season is upon us and for many that means shoveling sideways and checking snow tires, but for the EIWA it means getting in a final tuneup before the winter break and the grueling spring semester.

The holiday season is upon us and for many that means shoveling sideways and checking snow tires, but for the EIWA it means getting in a final tuneup before the winter break and the grueling spring semester.

Cornell finished the fall semester exactly where it began: No. 1. The Big Red flexed their muscles at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Wrestlnig Invitational, taking first in the packed field. Three grapplers took first in their individual brackets as Mack Lewnes (174), Steve Bosak (184), and Cam Simaz (197) all struck gold. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Cornell more than lucky in Vegas”

EIWA week in review: Rutgers upsets Missouri in Albany

Six EIWA schools headed to Albany, N.Y., this past weekend for the Northeast Duals and none made a larger splash than Rutgers. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights were the only team at the Duals that went undefeated, going 3-0 behind wins over Stanford, Columbia, and arguably the biggest win in the team’s recent history in a 19-16 victory over No. 16 Missouri.

Six EIWA schools headed to Albany, N.Y., this past weekend for the Northeast Duals and none made a larger splash than Rutgers. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights were the only team at the Duals that went undefeated, going 3-0 behind wins over Stanford, Columbia, and arguably the biggest win in the team’s recent history in a 19-16 victory over No. 16 Missouri. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Rutgers upsets Missouri in Albany”

EIWA week in review: Quakers take Keystone Classic

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. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Quakers take Keystone Classic”

Week in review: EIWA invades Empire State

A total of nine schools from the EIWA traveled to upstate New York this past week to partake in either the Binghamton Open or the Oklahoma Gold Tournament in Brockport.

A total of nine schools from the EIWA traveled to upstate New York this past week to partake in either the Binghamton Open or the Oklahoma Gold Tournament in Brockport.

Six Ivy Leaguers took Binghamton by storm as wrestlers from No. 1 Cornell, Penn, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, and Harvard took part in the 20-team tournament. Continue reading “Week in review: EIWA invades Empire State”

EIWA week in review: Eagles soar at Pentagon Duals

American, Army, and Franklin & Marshall all kicked of their seasons by facing each other at the Pentagon Duals this past weekend, with the Eagles launching the best offensive, sweeping the other two EIWA schools.

American, Army, and Franklin & Marshall all kicked of their seasons by facing each other at the Pentagon Duals this past weekend, with the Eagles launching the best offensive, sweeping the other two EIWA schools.

The Eagles took down Army by a 26-6 score to take the inaugural dual behind a tech fall from No. 8 heavyweight Ryan Flores. The junior took down Christian Botero by an 18-1 score to close out the contest.

Against Franklin & Marshall, American utilized pins from Flores and Steve Fittery (157) to put together a 33-10 victory.

In the third contest of the day, Army evened out its record by defeating the Diplomats by a 26-15 score. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Eagles soar at Pentagon Duals”

The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….

After weeks of sitting back and watching as their neighbors stock-piled blue-chipper upon blue-chipper, New Jersey struck back hard on Tuesday night, landing one of the top unsigned talents in the Empire State when 2009 NYS DI runner-up, Steven Rodrigues of Fox Lane High School in Section I, announced on his facebook that he had given a verbal commitment to Rutgers University. The landing of Rodrigues, the #8 prospect in New York’s senior class, marks the second consecutive year that Scarlet Knight Head Coach, Scott Goodale, has enticed a top-10 student-athlete from the N-Y to take his respective talent to the New Brunswick based campus. Last season, Goodale, now in his fourth year at the helm of the rising EIWA contender, won the sweepstakes for eventual 2010 NYS DI State Champion, Anthony Volpe…Now including the #4 national recruit, 3x NJ State Champion Andrew Campolattano, who for the time being is considered the exclusive property of the Scarlet Knight football program, Rodrigues becomes the second member of the class of 2011 to select Rutgers from among his many suitors. He joins 2010 New Jersey State placewinner (6th) Anthony Perrotti of West Essex Regional High School, who announced his college intentions in mid-October. Continue reading “The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….”

Previewing the EIWA

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

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Resurgence of Rutgers rests on NJ talent

It is a date that has been circled on Scott Goodale’s calendar since he arrived at Rutgers University to head the wrestling program: Nov. 7, 2010.  The day not only marks the start of Goodale’s fourth season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights’ program, but also the year that Rutgers rises to national prominence.

And with a bevy of home grown, New Jersey talent, it is already showing in the practice room.

“There’s tension in the room. There’s a lot of competition, which is a good thing,” said Goodale, who boasts nine wrestlers with NCAA Tournament experience. “Guys are fighting hard to survive on that mat and you have to. There are just too many good guys and there are no breaks. That’s the difference — that has to be the difference.  It’s the only way you get to be a great program.”

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