This weekend on March 3rd and 4th, Hofstra will be hosting the EIWA National Qualifier in the David Mack Sports Complex. Wrestlers from 16 different schools will battle in order to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on the road to Cleveland.
The EIWA is one of the toughest conferences in Division 1 wrestling with incredible teams and wrestlers like Cornell and Lehigh who will be battling for a conference team title as well.
The teams from New York include Army West Point, Binghamton, Columbia, Cornell, and Hofstra.
Each weight will be competitive and qualifies a different amount of wrestlers depending on how many allocations the NCAA has allowed them.
WEIGHT BY WEIGHT PREVIEW
125 has only one allocation at this weight meaning that you have to win the whole entire tournament in order to go to the National Tournament in March. Some New York wrestlers who look to be competitive at this weight wre Joe Nelson (Bing), Trey Chalifoux (Army), and Noah Baughman (Corn). They are all talented, but in order to go, they must beat National Champion Darian Cruz from Lehigh which will be a tall task for all.
This weight has 3 allocations and will send the top 3 guys at this conference which makes it still extremely tough. The most competitive wrestler atthis weight from New York is Chaz Tucker from Cornell. In order for him to qualify he will have to get through at least one of three guys. Austin DeSanto from Drexel at the top most infamous for beating Spencer Lee and has a most impressive freshman season. Scott Parker from Lehigh who always performs impressively and his no stranger to the big stage at this tournament. And Josh Terao from American who also is no stranger to the finals here and is brother of All-American David Terao. If Chaz looks to qualify, he must beat one of these three competitors.
This weight is clear cut and no mystery to anyone who has been following wrestling this season. Freshmen Yianni Diakomihalis from Cornell has been running through his opponents all year and surely will take home the gold this upcoming weekend. His toughest opponent will either be Tyler Smith from Bucknell or Luke Karam from Lehigh in the finals. This weight also allocates four wrestlers to qualify for nationals.
This weight also allocates four wrestlers for the NCAA tournament in March, but no New York wrestlers top the charts in the rankings here at this weight. Just below the top 4 is Will Koll from Cornell at 6 and Jacob Macalolooy from Columbia at 7. The favorites at this weight are Matt Kolodzik or Princeton and Jared Prince from Navy.
157 has much more allocations for this weight then the lighter weights do with six automatic qualifiers. Ranked second behind ike D’Angelo from Princeton is Markus Sheidel from Columbia who is very expected to make the finals of this conference. Ranked 6th in from Cornell is transfer (from Minnesota) Fredy Stroker who can qualify if he performs well.
Like 157, 165 also has six qualifying spots available for wrestlers to punch their ticket. Ranked first at this weight and expected to win is Jon Jay Chavez of Cornell. Last season he took an Olympic year to wrestle internationally and took 3rd at the Bill Farrell putting him on the Olympic ladder. Expect him to throw his way to the top. Ranked 6 and 7 are Andrew Mendel from Army and Vincent DePrez from Binghamton will have to battle it out for that 6th spot at this weight.
Here there are five allocations with tons of talented New York wrestlers with potential to qualify. Returning All-American for Cornell is Brandon Womack ranked third at this weight looking to repeat his previous season. Just below him is Ben Harvey from Army who has gone before will be a tough opponent for all wrestlers at this weight.
Max Dean from Cornell is the #2 guy at this weight behind Priesch from Lehigh who is a tough opponent. Dean has an amazing gas tank and the young freshmen is expected to do very well at this weight in the country. Behind his is upperclassmen Steven Schneider from Binghamton who has performed at this weight in the conference in previous years. This is a very tough weight and 7 wrestlers will go to nationals making it the most out of any weight in this conference.
At this weight Freshmen Ben Darmstadt from Cornell has slowly pinned his way to the top of the national rankings over time and will undoubtedly win at this weight if he is on his game. Here we will have 6 guys qualify with the possible chance of Rocco Caywood of qualify for army at this weight.
Heavyweight will be a battle with 5 qualifying spots available. At the top is Hofstra's Mike Hughes being the favorite at this weight. Behind him will be Jeramy Sweany from Cornell and Garrett Ryan from Columbia at the 3 and 4 spots. Both these competitors will likely make it to nationals in Cleveland mid March.