The Week Ahead
Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 9 – EIWA Championships
EIWA Championships Schedule
Saturday, March 8
Session I: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Championship First Round, Championship Second Round, Consolation First Round, Championship Quarterfinals, Consolation Second Round, Consolation Third Round)
Sunday, March 9
Session II: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
(Championship Semifinals, Consolation Fourth Round, Consolation Semifinals, Consolation Finals)
Session III: 4 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for $39 for session I, $25 for session II and $30 for the final session on Sunday afternoon or $70 in advance (or $80 at the door) for the tournament. Student tickets can be purchased for $20 for session I, $12 for session II and $15 for the final session on Sunday afternoon with tournament packages being available for $35 in advance ($39 at the door). Orders can be made online here or by calling the ticket office at 215-898-6151.
Every match of the EIWA tournament will be available for viewing, starting with the championship first round at 10 a.m. on March 8, and concluding with the single-mat championship finals on March 9, at 4:00 p.m. Flowrestling as part of its Flo Pro live streaming programming is producing the live streams in their entirety.
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A Look at the Championships
Franklin & Marshall heads to Philadelphia, Pa., this Saturday for day one of the EIWA Championships, hosted by Penn at the Palestra. This year marks the 110th edition of the annual tournament with the two-day event culminating on Sunday with championships scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start.
The Diplomats have had 100 place winners in the history of the EIWA Championships, including one from last season.
Live results for this weekend's tournament can be found here.
Last year at EIWA Championships
Richard Durso captured first place in the 141-pound bracket at the 2013 EIWA Championships, becoming the first Franklin & Marshall wrestler to hold the top spot on the medal stand since 1994, and ninth overall.
Seeded fifth, Durso defeated a higher-ranked opponent for the third match in a row with a 5-4 triumph by decision over third-seeded Charles Cobb of Pennsylvania in Saturday's championship round.
Andrew Murano also posted a victory for F&M in his first matchup of the wrestle-backs. A 5-2 loss by decision to second-seeded Shane Welsh of Lehigh sent Murano to the consolations, where he downed Harvard's Todd Preston by decision, 4-2, before falling to eighth-seeded Andrew Lenzi of Pennsylvania 7-3 in the consolation quarterfinals.
The Diplomats concluded the championships with a total of 21.5 points, placing 13th in the 14-team field. Cornell won the team title with 142 points, followed by Navy (117.5) and Pennsylvania (110.5) in second and third, respectively.
The NCAA allocates 29 automatic bids at each weight class to the national tournament, while four wrestlers at each weight will earn at-large berths. The EIWA will receive the following number of automatic bids at each weight class: 125 (6), 133 (4), 141 (5), 149 (4), 157 (5), 165 (5), 174 (3), 184 (4), 197 (7), 285 (4).
Last Time Out
F&M put together a dominating performance against Millersville on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Mayser Center, coming away with a 41-3 victory in the battle for the Rupp Cup. The win moved the Diplomats' record to 7-6 on the year, giving F&M its first winning season since 2005-06. The Marauders fell to 4-8 with the loss.
The win also ensures that the trophy will remain in Lancaster for at least another year as the Diplomats have now won four-straight contests over the Marauders in the series and take a 4-3 lead in the battle for the Rupp Cup.
F&M head wrestling coach Mike Rogers offers a recap of this event, which can be found here.
For complete results of this competition, click here.
In the Rankings
The NCAA released the final coaches' panel rankings and the second Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2013-14 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's event is March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Junior 141-pounder Durso shot up to the No. 8 spot after sitting at No. 11 in the previous rankings, while moving to No. 12 in the RPI Ranking. Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
In the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings Durso sits at No. 8. He remains the highest-ranked EIWA grappler with Luke Vaith of Hofstra (No. 9) and Mike Nevinger of Cornell (No. 11) close behind. The Open Mat Wrestling Rankings has Durso at No. 10.
He remains at No. 2 in the EIWA Rankings, placing behind Nevinger who sits in the top spot.
Closing in on 100
With an impressive 29-2 mark on the season, Durso now has 98 victories for his career, which gives him sole possession of 3rd place on F&M's career win's list and places him just one win away from second. The program record belongs to Craig Blackman '81, who accumulated 117 victories.
Six Diplomats sit with winning records for the 2013-14 season. Durso, a winner of 13 straight, leads the way with a 29-2 mark that includes an 21-2 record in EIWA competition. Murano, a winer of four straight, follows with a 23-10 record, while Jason Bing sits at 20-14. Alex Henry is 18-15 on the year, while Robert Ruiz is 17-11 and Scott Stevens is 12-11. For complete team records, click here.