Live Blog - Day 1/ Day 2
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. Penn finished the 103rd EIWA Championships on a tear, winning all six of its placement matches and crowning three champions to finish third and qualify six grapplers to the NCAA Championships.
Matt Eveleth, who stunned second-ranked and defending national runner-up Troy Nickerson with a 5-3 win in the final, earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler honor. Eveleth is the first Quaker to earn the honor since Brett Matter in 2000.
Matt Valenti was given the Fletcher Award for the most team points in a career in the EIWA tournament after winning his third title, while Matt Dragon rounded out the titlists with his second EIWA trophy, winning at 157 lbs.
In addition, Matt Herrington qualified for NCAA’s with a third-place showing at 174 lbs., while Zack Shanaman and Lior Zamir, both fifth-place finishers, earned wild card qualifying spots. Brett McCurdy also finished fifth at 141 pounds.
Penn scored 99.5 points to finish third; Cornell, which had virtually locked up the team title after the first day, won with 125.5 while Navy were runners-up with 106 points.
The Quakers were three-for-three in the finals.
Eveleth appeared to have a tall order, facing a wrestler who had handed him a technical fall just last month. The senior kept it tight, trailing 3-0 after two periods but it was the final period that electrified the crowd as Eveleth chose neutral, and then went in for a headlock, getting the takedown andthree back points. Eveleth nearly pinned Nickerson and kept the All-American on his back for the remainder of the bout, winning 5-3.
Valenti beat another Cornell grappler, freshman Adam Frey, in the 133-pound final, 4-1. After two scoreless periods, Valenti was down for the third and escaped, then scored a takedown and locked up riding time. A late Frey escape couldn’t produce anything more and Valenti became a three-time champ.
Dragon won his second silver bowl with a 10-3 decision over Navy’s John Jarred. Jarred got the first points with a second-period reversal before Dragon escaped and scored a quick takedown to lead 3-2. From there, Dragon got his tilt working, getting two near-fall two’s in the final two periods.
Herrington took third at 174 with a 9-3 decision over Cornell’s Joey Hooker, Shanaman clinched fifth place at 165 with a 7-2 win over Ricky Turk of Columbia, and Zamir won 9-3 over another Lion grappler, Justin Barent, at 184.
The most entertaining of the place matches undoubtedly belonged to McCurdy, who took Brown’s Mark Savino to a second sudden victory for the win. Savino appeared to have a win sewn up before McCurdy scored an equalizing reversal 12 seconds from the end of regulation. Tied at five, the two wrestled through a scoreless sudden victory and two scoreless ride-out tiebreaks. In the second SV, McCurdy scored a takedown on the edge of the mat to claim a 7-5 victory and fifth place.
Complete Penn Results
Prelim -  Matt Eveleth def. Ryan Fitzgerald (Harvard); F, 1:08
QF -  Matt Eveleth def. Jasen Borshoff (American); D, 7-2
SF -  Matt Eveleth def.  Matt Fisk (Lehigh); D, 4-1
Final -  Matt Eveleth def.  Troy Nickerson (Cornell); D, 5-3
Prelim -  Matt Valenti, bye
QF -  Matt Valenti def. John Stout (ESU); D, 11-4
SF -  Matt Valenti def. David Marble (Bucknell); TF, 7:00
Final -  Matt Valenti def.  Adam Frey (Cornell); D, 4-1
Prelim -  Brett McCurdy def. Albert Gianforti (Franklin & Marshall); MD, 13-2
QF -  Brett McCurdy def. Kyle Borshoff (American); F, 6:04
SF -  Matthew Kyler (Army) def.  Brett McCurdy; D, 3-2
CSF -  Matt Meltzer (Harvard) def.  Brett McCurdy; D, 4-3
Fifth -  Brett McCurdy def.  Mark Savino (Brown); D SV-2, 5-3
Prelim -  Rick Rappo def. Bryan Tracy (Brown); MD, 12-4
QF -  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
Prelim -  Matt Dragon def. Christopher Norrell (Rutgers); MD, 11-3
QF -  Matt Dragon def.  Drake Hovis (Cornell); D, 12-6
SF -  Matt Dragon def.  Robert Latessa (Harvard); D, 1-0
Final -  Matt Dragon def.  John Jarred (Navy); D, 10-3
Prelim -  Zack Shanaman def. Manuel Schubert (Lehigh); D, 12-5
QF -  Zack Shanaman def.  Ricky Turk (Columbia); D, 6-1
SF -  Steve Anceravage (Cornell) def.  Zack Shanaman; F, 2:48
CSF -  Shawn Kitchner (Brown) def.  Zack Shanaman; D, 6-3
Fifth -  Zack Shanaman def.  Ricky Turk (Columbia); D, 7-2
Prelim -  Matt Herrington def. Shane Mallory (ESU); TF, 6:23
QF -  Matt Herrington def.  Rudy Rueda (American); D, 5-2
SF -  Matt Stolpinski (Navy) def.  Matt Herrington; D, 11-6
CSF -  Matt Herrington def.  Mike Whalen (Rutgers); D, 6-2
Third -  Matt Herrington def.  Joey Hooker (Cornell); D, 9-3
Prelim -  Lior Zamir, bye
QF -  Antonio Miranda (Navy) def.  Lior Zamir; D, 6-2
C2 -  Lior Zamir def. Oliver Noteware (Princeton); F, 3:51
CQF -  Lior Zamir def. George Mann (Bucknell); F, 1:44
CSF -  Josh Arnone (Cornell) def.  Lior Zamir; D, 7-5
Fifth -  Lior Zamir def.  Justin Barent (Columbia); D, 9-3
Prelim -  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
Prelim -  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