EIWA to Wrestle for 51 Spots at NCAAs

PHILADELPHIA – The 2016 EIWA Championships are slated for March 5-6 at Princeton University, and the competing programs – including the University of Pennsylvania – now know how many NCAA Championships allocations will be at stake at the latest installment of America’s oldest collegiate wrestling tournament.

The EIWA earned 51 Automatic Qualification (AQ) spots based on calculations which include a wrestler’s Coaches Panel Rank, RPI Rank, and Winning Percentage. The AQs are broken down as follows:

125: 3
133: 3
141: 6
149: 5
157: 6
165: 4
174: 7
184: 7
197: 4
285: 6

Along with the release of the AQs, the final Coaches Panel and RPI Rank of the regular season were released.

Penn Wrestlers Ranked in the Coaches Panel
No. 14 C.J. Cobb (149 pounds)
No. 26 May Bethea (157 pounds)
No. 13 Casey Kent (174 pounds)
No. 16 Lorenzo Thomas (184 pounds)

In terms of the RPI, Penn has six wrestlers ranked.
No. 29 Caleb Richardson (133 pounds)
No. 14 C.J. Cobb (149 pounds)
No. 19 May Bethea (157 pounds)
No. 5 Casey Kent (174 pounds)
No.4 Lorenzo Thomas (184 pounds)
No. 24 Frank Mattiace (197 pounds)

#14 C.J. Cobb

20-4 this season (19-4 against DI opponents, .833%) 5-3 against opponents in the CP Top-33 5-3 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Two-time NCAA Qualifier

#26 May Bethea

20-10 this season (20-10 against DI opponents, .667%) 3-3 against opponents in the CP Top-33 3-2 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Looking for first NCAA Championships bid

#13 Casey Kent

24-5 this season (24-5 against DI opponents, .828%) 7-4 against opponents in the CP Top-33 7-4 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Owns wins over #2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) and #7 Chandler Rodgers (Oklahoma State) Third at Southern Scuffle One NCAA Championships appearance

#16 Lorenzo Thomas

26-5 this season (26-5 against DI opponents, .839%) 6-5 against opponents in the CP Top-33 7-5 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Owns wins over #8 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) and #13 Mat Miller (Navy) Fourth at Southern Scuffle Two-time NCAA qualifier 2014 NCAA All-American (6th at 184)

#29 (RPI) Caleb Richardson

18-11 this season (17-11 against DI opponents, .607%) 1-6 against opponents in the CP Top-33 1-8 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Two-time NCAA Qualifier

#24 (RPI) Frank Mattiace

19-8 this season (19-8 against DI opponents, 0.704%) 1-4 against opponents in the CP Top-33 1-4 against opponents in the RPI Top-33 Missed three full weeks with injury, returning on Feb. 6 and has won six in a row.

Notes: Marc Mastropietro (141 pounds) is 7-15 this season; He is 1-7 against wrestlers inside the CP Top-33 … Ray Bethea is 9-5 at 165 pounds, having missed most of the 2016 portion of the season with injury … At heavyweight, Patrik Garren is 11-13, with an 0-10 record against wrestlers inside the CP Top-33 … The EIWA has 60 total wrestlers ranked in the Coaches Panel … The EIWA has 63 wrestlers inside the RPI Top-33 … Penn’s six RPI Top-33 wrestlers are tied for second among EIWA schools … The 51 AQ spots up for grabs at EIWAs are second-most for any conference (Big Ten, 71).

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