LIVE BLOG: 103rd EIWA Championships

(Penn results at bottom of this page)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. - The No. 20 Penn wrestling team is competing at the first day of the EIWA Championships at East Stroudsburg University. will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the tournament as the Quakers go for a team title.

For Day 2 results, please click here

Session II

9:45 p.m. - Here are the final Day 1 Brackets.

Cornell appears to have locked up the team title. There is now a clear seperation with the three top teams:

Cornell - 112.5
Navy - 90.5
Penn - 82.0
American - 61.5
Lehigh - 61.0
Columbia - 60.0

8:44 p.m. - Neil Cisper is a 7-2 loser to Columbia's Nick Sommerfeld in the 197 consolation quarterfinals.

That does it for Penn wrestling today. Session III starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

8:39 p.m. - Matt Herrington has been a two-time NCAA qualifier and an All-American, but he will leave Penn without an EIWA crown. Navy's Matt Stolpinski, the top seed, just beat him 11-6.

8:36 p.m. - In the consolation quarterfinals, Lior Zamir is a winner by fall over Bucknell's George Mann in 1:44.

8:20 p.m. - Shanaman just got pinned by Anceravage in2:48. Shanaman trailed 2-0, was on bottom, stood up and got lifted right onto his back.

8:15 p.n. - And another great strategic battle in the semis as Matt Dragon wins his semi, 1-0,and goes to his second EIWA final. Harvard's Robert Latessachose neutral for the second and the two wrestled scoreless. Dragon chose to win it on bottom and immediately escaped, scoring the only point of the bout. Dragon gets John Jarred of Navy in a 1 vs. 2 seed final.

Zack Shanaman is on mat 2 trying to make it fourfinalists for the Quakers.

8:11 p.m. - Another man out for Penn - Rick Rappo has lost to ESU's Scott Heckman, 16-6, in the consolation quarters.

7:55 p.m. - A heartbreaking loss for Brett McCurdy in the 141 semifinal to Matthew Kyler of Army. McCurdy scored a late escape with 28 seconds left to cut it to 3-2, but couldn't get the final takedown in time. McCurdy still has a chance to qualify for nationals, he'll go into the consolation semifinals now.

7:44 p.m. - Who does Valenti get in the final? Adam Frey of Cornell just beat Robbie Preston of Harvard in a fantastic bout, 9-7 in sudden victory. That sets up a rematch between No. 1 Valenti and No. 3 Frey - Valenti pinned Frey in 1:30 in their dual meet last month.

Now it's Brett McCurdy's shot to qualify for nationals, taking on Matthew Kyler from the United States Military Academy on mat 1.

7:40 p.m. - Valenti will join Eveleth at nationals after a dominating 16-1 tech fall over David Marble from Bucknell. Valenti will go after his third EIWA title tomorrow, and is now a four-time finalist.

Some big shake-ups in the team scores after the consolation round that just ended (note that Eveleth and Valenti's wins are not factored into this):

Cornell - 65
Penn - 53
Navy - 51.5
Lehigh - 49.5
Harvard - 37.5

7:30 p.m. - Matt Eveleth has punched his ticket to Detroit.

The senior 125-pounder beat Lehigh's Matt Fisk, 4-1, in a battle of strategy. Eveleth scored a quick takedown in the first, then rode out and chose neutral for the second. After a scoreless period, Fisk elected to try and win it on top, but couldn't turn Eveleth, who added a late reversal.

Sitting next to him on the plane? Defending national runner-up Troy Nickerson, who will meet Eveleth in the final tomorrow night.

Matt Valenti is wrestling in the 133 semifinal right now.

7:15p.m. - Neil Cisper is a 4-1 winner in the 197 consolations over Connor Sanders from Army. He gets a tough Nick Sommerfeld of Columbia next.

Unfortunately, Ben Reiter couldn't get a late reversal and fell to Bucknell's George Hingson, 4-2. Reiter is the first man out of the tournament for Penn.

Now, it's semifinal time.

6:40 p.m. - Another consolation bout, another pin for Penn. Lior Zamir gets the fall over Princeton's Oliver Noteware in 3:51. Zamir was leading 10-1 at the time. Each fall in consolation adds 2.5 points to Penn's team score - a half-point for the win, and two points bonus for the fall.

6 p.m. - A big result for Penn's team points as Rick Rappo pins Stephen Gregory (F&M) in 1:51 in the consolation second round. Rappo advances to the consolation quarterfinals later this evening.

5:20 p.m. - Session IIis about to getunderway. Consolations will be wrestled first, then the championship semifinals followed by the consolation quarterfinals. The semiswon't start for some time, but Penn has four grapplers in consolations. Rick Rappo will be first up, facing Stephen Gregory of Franklin & Marshall.

4:30 p.m. - Here are the updated brackets.

4 p.m. - The session II match-ups for Penn:

125 semis- [2] Matt Eveleth vs. [3] Matt Fisk (Lehigh)
133 semis - [1] Matt Valenti vs. [4] David Marble (Bucknell)
141 semis - [8] Brett McCurdy vs. [4] Matthew Kyler (Army)
149 C2 - [5] Rick Rappo vs. Stephen Gregory (F&M)
157 semis - [1] Matt Dragon vs. [4] Robert Latessa (Harvard)
165 semis - [2] Zack Shanaman vs. [3] Steve Anceravage (Cornell)
174 semis - [4] Matt Herrington vs. [1] Matt Stolpinski (Navy)
184 C2 - [4] Lior Zamir vs. Oliver Noteware (Princeton)
197 C2 - Neil Cisper vs. [8] Connor Sanders (Army)
285 C2 - Ben Reiter vs. [8] George Hingson (Bucknell)

Only two bouts are rematches from earlier this season - at 125, where Eveleth beat Fisk, 5-3, on Feb. 18, and at 165, where Shanaman beat Anceravage, 8-4, on Feb. 9.

Session I

3:40 p.m. -
Overall a great first session for the Quakers. Six Quakers are into the semifinals and all 10 are still alive - Ben Reiter beat Kristopher Berr of Princeton, 4-0.

The team standings, though, show Cornell starting to run away with things and Penn, Lehigh and Navy within a point of each other for second:

Cornell - 65
Lehigh- 48
Penn - 47.5
Navy - 47
Harvard - 34.5

Session II starts at 5:30 p.m. We'll be back then!

3:30 p.m. - Neil Cisper has beaten Brown's Larry Otsuka in wrestlebacks, 11-0. Just Ben Reiter's bout withKristopher Berrfrom Princeton remains before the first session is done.

3:10 p.m. - The seeds are holding at 174 lbs. Herrington will face top-seeded Matt Stolpinski of Navy in one of tonight's semifinals; third seed Joey Hooker of Cornell takes on Columbia's Matt Palmer in the other.

3 p.m. - A tough break for Penn as Lior Zamir loses to Antonio Miranda from Navy, 6-2. The quarterfinals are over for Penn.

And we've corrected a mistake - Matt Valenti beat John Stout from East Stroudsburg, NOT Jeffrey Schell from Brown, in the quarters.

2:45 p.m. - Chalk up two more semifinalists for Penn. Zack Shanaman beat Ricky Turk of Columbia, 6-1, while Matt Herrington won 5-2 over Rudy Rueda from American.

That sets up a great 165-pound semifinal as Shanaman, ranked 10th nationally,meets Cornell's Steve Anceravage, ranked 11th. Shanaman upset Anceravage last month. 8-4. in a great bout during the Penn-Cornell dual.

2:15 p.m. - It's another semifinalist for Penn as Matt Dragon beats Cornell's Drake Hovis, 12-6. Dragon has looked strong thus far, effectively working his tilt. Heis trying to become a two-time EIWA titlist.

2:05 p.m. - Matt Dunn of Columbia just beat Rick Rappo, 7-3, at 149 lbs.

1:50 p.m. - Some more great results for Penn, this time with an interesting twist. Brett McCurdy and Matt Eveleth are both into the semifinals with wins after beating a pair of brothers from American.

Eveleth beat Jasen Borshoff, 7-2, at 125 lbs. to make his third EIWA semifinal. Meanwhile, McCurdy won a thriller at 141 that ended in a pin over Kyle Borshoff. McCurdy, who trailed all match, scored a double-leg takedown right into a fall at 6:04.

Eveleth gets Matt Fisk of Lehigh in the semifinals. Eveleth beat Fisk two weeks ago, 5-3, but Fisk has won twice by fall today.

They've announced some early team standings after prelims:

Cornell - 15.5
Navy - 13.0
Penn - 12.5
Columbia - 11.5
Lehigh - 10.0

1:30 p.m. - It's quarterfinal time, and Matt Valenti is first up, beating ESU's John Stout, 11-4. Valenti moves into tonight's semifinals with a chance to become a four-time NCAA qualifier.

1:15 p.m. - Lior Zamir's quarterfinal opponent will be Navy's Antonio Miranda. Meanwhile, Neil Cisper, who was a late swap at 197 for an injured Jack Sullivan, lost to top-seeded Joshua Glenn of American in a technical fall. Ben Reiter wrestled second-seed Paul Weibel of Lehigh tough, but lost 5-3.

12:35 p.m. - The bonus points keep coming for the Quakers. While Zack Shanaman, the second seed at 165, narrowly missed out on a major with a 12-5 win over Manuel Schubert from Lehigh, Matt Herrington got a technical fall over East Stroudsburg's Shane Mallory. Herrington will face Rudy Rueda from American in the quarterfinals, while Shanaman gets Columbia's Ricky Turk, who he beat, 11-6, last month in a dualand lost to, 5-4, at the Michigan State Open.

Penn has now won each of its seven preliminary bouts, but will have to wait for a chance to win some more - Lior Zamir has a first-round bye at 184.

Noon - "So far, so good," Head Coach Zeke Jones comments after watching top-seeded Matt Dragon major Chris Norrell of Rutgers, 11-3. At 149, it was more bonus points as Rick Rappo picked up a major decision over Brown's Bryan Tracy. Rappo gets Matthew Dunn of Columbia in the quarterfinals. Dunn received a bye, and Rappo will be out to avenge his 9-6 loss to Dunn in their dual meet last month.

11:40 a.m. - Brett McCurdy gets a major decision over Franklin & Marshall's Albert Gianforti, 13-2. Meanwhile, in a huge upset, American's Kyle Borshoff pinned top-seed Max Meltzer of Harvard, setting up Borshoff vs. McCurdy in the quarterfinals.

11:20 a.m. - A good start for Penn and 125-pounder Matt Eveleth. The second seed pinned Ryan Fitzgerald of Harvard in 1:08. Eveleth will move on to face seventh-seeded Jasen Borschoff of American, who received a first-round bye,in the quarters.

10:45 a.m. - Eight Quakers will be in contention in the preliminary rounds; two got byes into the quarterfinals. Matt Valenti, the top seed at 133 lbs., and Lior Zamir, the fourth seed at 184, got the byes.

10 a.m. -The first session of wrestling will begin at 11 a.m. as the crowd is beginning to filter into Koehler Fieldhouse. What's at stake on the first day? The prelims, quarters and semis will all be contested today, which means we will knowsome of each weight's automatic NCAA qualifiers by the end ofthe evening. Last night, the EIWA coaches elected toallocate the conference's 47 NCAA slots by taking the top four finishers plus seven more wild cards.

Penn Results
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125 lbs.
Prelim - [2] Matt Eveleth def. Ryan Fitzgerald (Harvard); F, 1:08
QF - [2] Matt Eveleth def. Jasen Borshoff (American); D, 7-2
SF - [2] Matt Eveleth def. [3] Matt Fisk (Lehigh); D, 4-1

133 lbs.
Prelim -[1] Matt Valenti, bye
QF - [1] Matt Valenti def. John Stout (ESU); D, 11-4
SF - [1] Matt Valenti def. David Marble (Bucknell); TF, 7:00

141 lbs.
Prelim - [8] Brett McCurdydef. Albert Gianforti (Franklin & Marshall); MD, 13-2
QF - [8] Brett McCurdy def. Kyle Borshoff (American); F, 6:04
SF - [4] Matthew Kyler (Army) def. [8] Brett McCurdy; D, 3-2

149 lbs.
Prelim - [6] Rick Rappo def. Bryan Tracy (Brown); MD, 12-4
QF - [4] Matt Dunn (Columbia) def. Rick Rappo; D, 7-3
C2 - Rick Rappo def. Stephen Gregory; F, 1:51
CQF - Scott Heckman (ESU) def. Rick Rappo; MD, 16-6

157 lbs.
Prelim - [1] Matt Dragon def. Christopher Norrell (Rutgers); MD, 11-3
QF - [1] Matt Dragon def. [8] Drake Hovis (Cornell); D, 12-6
SF - [1] Matt Dragon def. [4] Robert Latessa (Harvard); D, 1-0

165 lbs.
Prelim - [2] Zack Shanaman def. Manuel Schubert (Lehigh); D, 12-5
QF - [2] Zack Shanaman def. [7] Ricky Turk (Columbia); D, 6-1
SF - [3] Steve Anceravage (Cornell) def. [2] Zack Shanaman; F, 2:48

174 lbs.
Prelim - [4] Matt Herrington def. Shane Mallory (ESU); TF, 6:23
QF - [4] Matt Herrington def. [5] Rudy Rueda (American); D, 5-2
SF - [1] Matt Stolpinski (Navy) def. [4] Matt Herrington; D, 11-6

184 lbs.
Prelim - [4] Lior Zamir, bye
QF - [5] Antonio Miranda (Navy) def. [4] Lior Zamir; D, 6-2
C2 - [4] Lior Zamir def. Oliver Noteware (Princeton); F, 3:51
CQF - [4] Lior Zamir def. George Mann (Bucknell); F, 1:44

197 lbs.
Prelim - [2] Josh Glenn (American) def. Neil Cisper; TF, 5:49
C1 - Neil Cisper def. Larry Otsuka (Brown); MD, 11-0
C2 - Neil Cisper def. Connor Sanders (Army); D, 4-1
CQF - Nick Sommerfeld (Columbia) def. Neil Cisper; D, 7-2

285 lbs.
Prelim - [2] Paul Weibel (Lehigh) def. Ben Reiter; D, 5-3
C1 - Ben Reiter def. Kristopher Berr (Princeton); D, 4-0
C2 - George Hingson (Bucknell) def. Ben Reiter; D, 4-2

Download: EIWA Session I Bracket.pdf