EIWA Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 6 – Stabler Arena – Bethlehem, Pa.
10:00 a.m. – Championship First Round
12:30 p.m. – Championship Quarterfinals and First Round Consolations
2:45 p.m. – Second Round Consolations
Saturday, March 7 – Stabler Arena – Bethlehem, Pa.
10:00 a.m. – Championship Semifinals and Third Round Consolations
12:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals and Seventh Place Matches
5:00 p.m. – Championship Finals (First, Third, Fifth Place Matches)
Tickets for this weekend can be purchased either by session or as an all-tournament pass. Session one, which includes the Championship First Round and Quarterfinals as well as the First and Second Round of Wrestlebacks, cost $28.00 for adults and $14.00 for students. Session two on Saturday, which includes the Championship Semifinals and the Third Round and Semifinals of Wrestlebacks, cost $23.00 for adults and $11.00 for students, while tickets for session three, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday night and features the Championship Finals, cost $23.00 for adults and $11.00 for students.
An all-session pass is available for the Championships as well, costing $70.00 for adults and $35.00 for students. Tickets for the event can be purchased here, or by calling the box office at 610-758-6611.
Every match of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Associaiton (EIWA) Tournament will be available for viewing, starting with the championship first round at 10:00 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. Audio of Saturday's final session will be available online at ESPNLV.com.
For those not already subscribed to the Flo Pro service, a monthly subscription costs $20.00 and a yearly subscription costs $150.00. To sign up, click here.
A Look at the Championships
The 111th EIWA Championships are hosted by Lehigh, beginning on Friday in Bethlehem, Pa. F&M will look to add to its impressive numbers at the tournament, as the Diplomats have 101 place winners all-time at the event, including one from a season ago, along with nine EIWA Champions. In four straight seasons, an F&M grappler has secured an NCAA bid at the tournament, a streak the Diplomats aim to continue this season.
Tournament seeds and brackets will be announced Thursday evening following the seeding meeting.
Last Year at EIWA Tournament
Richard Durso paced F&M at last season's EIWA Tournament with a third-place finish, marking the third straight season he earned a spot on the medal stand, as the Diplomats combined for 20 points and a 17th-place showing.
Sharron Townsend and Charles Kerkesner also earned points for F&M with wins in each of their opening bouts. Townsend narrowly edged out Harvard's Nick Stager with a 9-8 decision at 149 but fell to No. 8 Noel Blanko of Drexel in his next matchup. Kerkesner pinned Sacred Heart's Sam Morison at 4:52 in his first contest at 197. In his following match, Kerkesner fell by pin to the bracket's No. 3 seed in Daniel Mitchell of American.
Last Time Out
F&M wrapped up its 2014-15 regular season with a 24-12 win over Millersville in the battle for the Rupp Cup on Thursday, Feb. 19. It marked the fifth straight victory for the Diplomats in the series as F&M now holds the 5-3 lead in the annual matchup, which dates back to 2008 and is named in honor of Ted Rupp, the former F&M and Millersville coach.
NCAA Qualifier Allocations
The NCAA announced the 260 total automatic qualifier allocations for the upcoming tournament. The EIWA will receive a total of 43, second only to the Big Ten Conference with 86. The breakdown per weight class is as follows: 125 (3), 133 (3), 141 (5), 149 (3), 157 (7), 165 (4), 174 (2), 184 (5), 197 (6), 285 (5).
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 70 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on March 11. All weight classes will consist of 33 wrestlers. The at-large selections will be made based on the following criteria: head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, RPI, coaches ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class.
Rob King (157) leads the Diplomats with a 2012 record, followed by freshman Patrick Quinlan with a 15-10 mark at 133. Kerkesner (197) and Ruiz (141) each have 14 wins, while Alex Henry (13), Jason Bing (11, Colin Gironda (11) and Scott Stevens (10) round out the F&M grapplers with double-digit win totals.
For a complete list of records for the 2014-15 season, click here.