Franklin & Marshall is set to compete at the 2012 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships at Princeton this weekend. The 108th edition of the annual championships will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Princeton's Jadwin Gym. The Diplomats are one of 14 schools competing in the event.
The Diplomats came away with two placewinners last year, marking the first time since 2008 that F&M put a wrestler on the stand. Jake Bucha took fifth at 133 pounds and Matt Fullowan nabbed fifth at 174 pounds. Fullowan's fifth-place finish earned him a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Fullowan will look to once again make his way into NCAA's at 174 after posting a 17-14 record this season. At 141 pounds, Richard Durso will have his first opportunity to compete at EIWA's after a stellar first season on the mat. Durso recorded a team-high 27 wins this year. Colin Ely also brings a solid mark into this weekend's event, notching a 16-17 record this winter, including a team-high seven pins.
F&M has had plenty of success in tournament action this winter, with 19 placewinners at the five tournaments in which it competed.
For information regarding this weekend's championship, check out the Tournament Central, Twitter and Facebook links above. The Tournament Central page provides significant historical information on the EIWA championships, including all individual and team champions, as well as all former NCAA champions from the EIWA and the members of the EIWA Hall of Fame. Every result from the weekend will be updated on Twitter, as well as an update on what match is upcoming on each mat.
All ticket information is available here. Single-session and full weekend ticket options are available during the weekend. There are discounted rates for both youths (18 and under) and students of participating schools.
Parking is free and is available next to Jadwin Gym. The Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be going on Saturday, as well as a Princeton women's lacrosse home game against Duke, so the earlier you arrive, the better.
The entire weekend of competition will be streamed live on GoPrincetonTigers.TV. You can subscribe to watch live events here. A one-month subscription will allow fans to watch the full weekend, as well as events such as the Ivy Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the Penn-Princeton basketball doubleheader, and several lacrosse games.
The video feed will be from a single camera that focuses on all mats. By maximizing your screen, you will be able to watch all four matches at once. There will be live audio throughout the weekend; it will be live commentary for part of the time, and the P.A. announcer at others. Combined with the Twitter feed (see below), you should be able to follow the competition throughout the weekend.
EIWA Championships Schedule:
Saturday, March 3
- Session 1: 9 am - 2 pm (Round of 16, Quarterfinals and Consolations, Consolations)
- Session 2: 2:30 pm (Semifinals)
Sunday, March 4
- Session 3: 10 am - 1 pm (Consolation Semifinals, Place Finals)
- Session 4: 3 pm (Finals)