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    EIWA Conference Recap (12/14/21)

    Binghamton's NCAA qualifier Joe Doyle (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)

    Below is a recap of last week's EIWA action, with individual highlights worth noting.

    Notable News

    Jesse Delgado (3X AA of Illinois University) is hired by Brown University as an Assistant Coach.

    American - no action last week


    The Black Knights were on the road again this week. This time, they competed in a dual at Rutgers.
    The first of Army's 3 wins came at 157lb, where Marcus Hartman (#29) defeated Kanniard (#32)
    Dalton Harkins was the second victory for the Black Knights at 165lb by decision. At 174lb, Clayton Fielden collected a win as well via decision.

    125: 24/HM Dylan Shawver (RU) over Ryan Chauvin (Army) by dec., 8-6; RU leads, 3-0
    133: 12/24 Sammy Alvarez (RU) over Dominic Carone (Army) by MD, 17-4; RU leads, 7-0
    141: 4/3 Sebastian Rivera (RU) over 29/24 Corey Shie (Army) by tech fall (5:39), 17-1; RU leads, 12 -0
    149: 21/HM Michael VanBrill (RU) over Zach Keal (Army) by dec., 8-3; RU leads, 15-0
    157: 29/HM Markus Hartman (Army) over 32/NR Robert Kanniard (RU) by dec., 6-1; RU leads, 15-3
    165: Dalton Harkins (Army) over Andrew Clark (RU) by dec.,4-2; RU leads, 15-6
    174: Clayton Fielden (Army) over Conner O'Neill (RU) by dec., 5-3; RU leads, 15-9
    184: 5/5 John Poznanski (RU) over 30/HM Brad Laughlin (Army) by MD, 13-4; RU leads, 19-9
    197: 13/16 Greg Bulsak (RU) over 27/HM JT Brown (Army) by MD, 17-4; RU leads, 23-9
    HWT: 25/HM Boone McDermott (RU) over Ben Sullivan (Army) by dec. (SD1),3-1; RU wins, 26-9

    Army has competed in the "belly of the beast" four times this season already - and it is barely halfway thru December. They have traveled to Penn State, Iowa, Iowa State, and now Rutgers. There is a very legit argument that these schools have the toughest venues to compete in as a visiting team. Due to their arduous schedule, Army finds themselves at 0-4 on the year. They may be the best 0-4 team in the history of college wrestling. This speaks volumes to the Army Black Knight squad. They look to compete against the best, no matter what. In a tough match-up last week, Army's toughest wrestlers matched up poorly against Rutgers. Rutgers had higher-ranked guys where Army had ranked wrestlers. This is all a learning experience for this team. I expect them to be ready by the time March rolls around.


    The Bearcats hosted two duals against North Dakota State and Edinboro. They split matches on the day.
    Lou Deprez (#12 - 197) and Joe Doyle (#29 - 295) both won their two matches. Both defeated ranked wrestlers in the process.
    Nick Lombard was 2-0 on the day as well at 149lb. He had a major against Edinboro

    Boxscores: NDSU 27, Binghamton 12

    141: No. 32 Dylan Droegenmueller (NDSU) DEC Michael Zarif (BU), 4-3. NDSU leads 3-0.
    149: Nick Lombard (BU) DEC Gaven Sax (NDSU), 9-2. Match tied 3-3.
    157: No. 11 Jared Franek (NDSU) MD Logan Gumble (BU), 14-0. NDSU leads 7-3.
    165: No. 6 Luke Weber (NDSU) FALL Brevin Cassella (BU), 6:42. NDSU leads 13-3.
    174: Austin Brenner (NDSU) DEC No. 29 Jacob Nolan (BU), 3-1. NDSU leads 16-3.
    184: DJ Parker (NDSU) TF Sam DePrez (BU), 7:00. NDSU leads 21-3.
    197: No. 12 Lou DePrez (BU) DEC No. 17 Owen Pentz (NDSU), 7-5.
    285: No. 29 Joe Doyle (BU) DEC No. 23 Brandon Metz (NDSU), 8-4. NDSU leads 21-9.
    125: Micah Roes (BU) DEC Ryan Henningson (NDSU), 6-3. NDSU leads 21-12.
    133: Kellyn March (NDSU) FALL No. 33 Anthony Sobotker (BU), 1:08. NDSU wins 27-12.

    Binghamton 29, Edinboro 12

    141: Gabe Willochell (EU) TF Michael Zarif (BU), 4:18. Edinboro leads 5-0.
    149: Nick Lombard (BU) MD Ryan Burgos (EU), 12-4. Edinboro leads 5-4.
    157: Logan Gumble (BU) DEC PJ Gohn (EU), 4-2. BU leads 7-4.
    165: Brevin Cassella (BU) DEC Dylan Kohn (EU), 11-4. BU leads 10-5.
    174: No. 29 Jacob Nolan (BU) DEC Joey Arnold (EU), 4-0. BU leads 13-5.
    184: No. 33 Ethan Ducca DEC Sam DePrez (BU), 3-2. BU leads 13-8.\
    197: No. 12 Lou DePrez (BU) wins via Inj. For., 4:13. BU leads 19-8.
    285: No. 29 Joe Doyle (BU) MD Max Millin (EU), 9-0. BU leads 23-8.
    125: Logan Jaquay (EU) MD Nick Curley (BU), 10-1. BU leads 23-12.
    133: No. 33 Anthony Sobotker FALL Clayton Basher (EU), 2:29. BU wins, 29-12.

    The Bearcats have a tough team. We've seen them wrestle a few Big Ten opponents, and other lesser opponents they have beaten. We know they have a very solid lineup from 165 up to 285. As of now, with Sobotker back in the lineup, the team has 4 ranked wrestlers. Things may change with next weeks' updated rankings. This team could have at least 5 or 6 guys ranked at the end of the year. This would put them in the discussion for top 5 placement at the EIWA conference.


    The Bears hosted EIWA foe, Hofstra, to a dual last weekend. The Bears rallied to win six of the last seven matches to earn the come-from-behind victory.

    Hunter Adrian (125), Jack Bokina (157), Harrison Trahan (165), and AJ Pedro (174) all had decisions.
    Wrestlers with major decisions include Nicky Cabanillas (133) and Blake Saito (149).

    Boxscore: Brown 20, Hofstra 15

    184: Charles Small (Hofstra) def. James Araneo: Dec. 5-2
    197: Trey Rogers (Hofstra) def. Cade Wilson: TF 25-10 6:36
    285: Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra) def. Lear Quinton (Brown): MD 13-5
    125: Hunter Adrian (Brown) def. Jacob Moon (Hofstra): Dec. 5-2
    133: Nicky Cabanillas (Brown) def. Dylan Acevedo (Hofstra): MD 9-1
    141: Justin Hoyle (Hofstra) def. Timothy Levine: Dec. 11-4
    149: Blake Saito (Brown) def. Michael Leandro (Hofstra): MD 12-1
    157: Jack Bokina (Brown) def. Joseph McGinty (Hofstra): Dec. 14-9
    165: Harrison Trahan (Brown) def. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra): Dec. 11-5
    174: AJ Pedro (Brown) def. Ross McFarland (Hofstra): Dec. 5-2

    This was a very solid win by Brown. Hofstra has very strong upper weights that Brown needed to survive with limited damage in order to pull off the win. Then, to rally, winning 6 of the last 7 matches, was the icing on the cake. This win was a one complete effort up and down the lineup. Coach Beckerman and staff just welcomed Jesse Delgado to join them. I'm sure having a new, fresh outlook helped get this team excited to put on a show. It would be great to see this recent spark continue into the Midlands over the holiday season.

    Bucknell - no action last week

    Columbia - no action last week

    Cornell (#11) - no action last week

    Drexel - no action last week

    Franklin & Marshall

    The Diplomats hosted a dual with Division III team, Ursinus. They won 9 of 10 matches to easily improve to 4-0 on the year.


    125: Franco Mazza (URS) maj. Eli Wallace (F&M); 12-4 (0-4)
    133: Pat Phillips (F&M) WBF Jagger Clapsadle (URS); 1:59 (6-4)
    141: Wil Gil (F&M) WBF Scott Weinkowitz (URS); 1:31 (12-4)
    149: Cristiaan Dailey (F&M) won by forfeit (18-4)
    157: Chase McCollum (F&M) TF Stone Franczyk (URS); 6:46 [17-2] (23-4)
    165: Crew Fullerton (F&M) TF Jonathan Gherman (URS); 5:00 [16-0] (28-4)
    174: John Crawford (F&M) maj. Jackson Brandt (URS); 10-1 (32-4)
    184: James Conway (F&M) WBF Connor Fritsch (URS); 1:48 (38-4)
    197: Mike Waszen (F&M) won by forfeit (44-4)
    285: Cenzo Pelusi (F&M) maj. Jake Ahmad (URS); 14-3 (48-4)

    The Diplomats are off to their best start in nearly thirty years. At 4-0, they will end the first semester at the Midlands between the Christmas and New Year holiday. There are some bright spots in this lineup that could end up on the podium at conferences. We see a breakout performance every year at EIWA's, and it never seems to be an F&M wrestler. Could this be their year? I believe they have a few guys capable of the task.

    Harvard - no action last week


    The Pride were on the road and wrestled at Brown University. They dropped a close dual by a 20-15 score.

    Hofstra's "Big 3" all won. Charles Small (#26 - 184), Trey Rogers (#29, - 197) and Zachary Knighton-Ward (#21 - 285) all won their matches.

    At 141lb, Justin Hoyle was the fourth and final victory for the Pride.

    Boxscores: Brown 20, Hofstra 15

    184: #26 Charles Small (Hofstra) dec. James Araneo (Brown), 5-2
    197: #29 Trey Rogers (Hofstra) tech fall Cade Wilson (Brown), 25-10 (6:36)
    285: #21 Zachary Knighton-Ward (Hofstra) maj. dec. Lear Quinton (Brown), 13-5
    125: Hunter Adrian (Brown) dec. Jacob Moon (Hofstra), 5-2
    133: Nicky Cabanillas (Brown) maj. dec. Dylan Acevedo-Switzer (Hofstra), 9-1
    141: Justin Hoyle (Hofstra) dec. Timothy Levine (Brown), 11-4
    149: Umihiko Saito (Brown) maj. dec. Michael Leandrou (Hofstra), 12-1
    157: Jack Bokina (Brown) dec. Joe McGinty (Hofstra), 14-9
    165: Harrison Trahan (Brown) dec. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra), 11-5
    174: Anthony Pedro (Brown) dec. Ross McFarland (Hofstra), 5-2

    Hofstra lost to Brown after jumping out to a 12-0 lead. It seems like Hofstra is one or two wrestlers away from being a very good team. They are excellent from 184 up to 285, but seem to be missing another ranked wrestler in the lower weights. Stamm (165) is a returning national qualifier, who we would assume will turn it up at the end of the year. I am curious to see what this team will look like in the second semester. They can find themselves in the top 5 - no doubt.

    Lehigh (#21) - no action last week

    Long Island - no action last week


    The Midshipmen took a quick trip to College Park, Maryland, to compete against Maryland. They lost by a close score of 18-16 after Maryland closed out the match to win 4 straight duals.

    Boxscore: Maryland 18, Navy 16

    125: Jacob Allen (NAVY) tech fall Zach Spence, 19-2 (6:18) // Navy 5, Maryland 0
    133: #27 Josh Koderhandt (NAVY) dec King Sandoval, 7-1 // Navy 8, Maryland 0
    141: Danny Bertoni dec Tyler Hunt (NAVY), 7-3 // Navy 8, Maryland 3
    149: Michael North dec PJ Crane (NAVY), 3-2 // Navy 8, Maryland 6
    157: #18 Andrew Cerniglia (NAVY) major Lucas Cordio, 13-4 // Navy 12, Maryland 6
    165: Val Park (NAVY) major Gaven Bell, 10-2 // Navy 16, Maryland 6
    174: Dominic Solis dec Shane Finney (NAVY), 8-6 SV // Navy 16, Maryland 9
    184: Kyle Cochran dec #25 David Key (NAVY), 8-3 // Navy 16, Maryland 12
    197: Jaron Smith dec #24 Jacob Koser (NAVY), 7-5 // Navy 16, Maryland 15
    285: #32 Jake Schrader dec #33 Riley Smith (NAVY), 3-1 SV // Maryland 18, Navy 16

    The Midshipmen probably want this one back. Those final four matches, which ultimately ended up deciding the match, were within a few points and all went Maryland's way. The 149lb bout was a one-point match also. One paper, Navy was upset at both 184 and 197. This is a nice win for the Terrapins of Maryland. If I am a betting man, Navy will not lose much sleep over this match, as they have their goals set on March. They will be plenty prepared.

    Penn - no action last week

    Princeton - no action last week

    Sacred Heart - no action last week

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