Front row: Darian Cruz (Lehigh), Scott Parker (Lehigh), Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell), Matt Kolodzik (Princeton), Markus Scheidel (Columbia).
Back row: Jon Jay Chavez (Cornell), Jordan Kutler (Lehigh), Ryan Preisch (Lehigh), Ben Darmstadt (Cornell),
Jordan Wood (Lehigh).
Cornell's Yianni Diakomihalis.
Lehigh's Darian Cruz controls Cornell's Noah Baughman en route to a 1-0 decision to win the 125 pound EIWA title as Lehigh (164.5 points) took down defending champion Cornell (146) to win the team title.
Yianni Diakomihalis of Cornell brings Bucknell's Tyler Smith to the mat to win the 141 pound title.
LEHIGH CROWNS 5 CHAMPS AND WINS
2018 EIWA TOURNAMENT
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
125- Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. Noah Baughman (Cornell) 1-0
133- Scott Parker (Lehigh) dec. Chaz Tucker (Cornell) 2-1 OT
141- Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) maj.dec. Tyler Smith (Bucknell) 17-9
149- Matt Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. Frank Garcia (Binghamton) 13-6
157- Markus Scheidel (Columbia) dec. Mike D'Angelo (Princeton) 4-3
165- Jon Jay Chavez (Cornell) dec. Jonathan Schiefer (Princeton) 10-4
174- Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Jadaen Bernstein (Navy) 2-0
184- Ryan Preisch (Lehigh) pinned Max Dean (Cornell) 4:31
197- Ben Darmstadt (Cornell) maj.dec Frank Mattiace (Penn) 10-0
285- Jordan Wood (Lehigh) dec. Michael Hughes (Hofstra) 2-1 OT
Lehigh won the 114th annual EIWA Championships at the David S. Mack Sports Complex on the campus of Hofstra University before 4, 929 dedicated wrestling fans over the two-day event. The Mountain Hawks crowned five champions including defending NCAA champion Darian Cruz (26-0, 116-18 career) at 125 pounds, he became Lehigh's 14th three-time EIWA champion. OSW Award and Most Pins winner Ryan Preisch (14-2) overpowered Cornell freshman Max Dean (28-3) with his leg ride and tight half to secure the fall at the 4:31 mark of their 184-pound bout. Lehigh tallied 164.5 points to outdistance Cornell (146) and snapped their 11- year streak of EIWA team titles.
The Big Red of Cornell crowned three winners: true freshmen Yianni Diakomihalis (29-1) and Ben Darmstadt (30-1) at 197, along with rugged Jon Jay Chavez (18-4) in the 165-pound class. Diakomihalis (Hilton HS) scored with some acrobatic takedowns and a slick snap spin en route to a dominant 17-9 win in the 141-pound final.
Three Empire State products dropped decisions in the championship finals; Frank Garcia (27-11) from Norwich HS, now at Binghamton junior Mike D'Angelo (Commack HS) and senior Michael Hughes (Smithtown West HS). Both D'Angelo (22-8) and Hughes (34-3) suffered heartbreaking defeats, D'Angelo rallied to knot the match at 3-3, but lost on a riding time point to Markus Scheidel (Columbia) and Hughes was edged on an overtime ride-out to Lehigh's Jordan Wood. Hughes (110-44 career) is the NCAA leader with 18 falls and is ranked amongst the top heavyweights in the nation. The Pride also had two other place-winners: Ryan Burkert (8th at 149) and Sage Heller (8th at 174).
Other Long Islanders that fared well in the tournament were: Locust Valley's Jonathan Gomez (5th at 133) of Princeton, teammate Christian Araneo (Ward Melville) who placed 7th at 285 and MacArthur's Steven Schneider (21-5) who avenged an earlier round loss to Navy's Michael Coleman and finished a solid third at 184 pounds.
Special thanks to Jim Sheehan (Senior Sports Information Director) and the entire Hofstra staff on being such gracious hosts and doing an outstanding job at the EIWA Wrestling Championships.
1. Lehigh (164.5 points)
2. Cornell (146)
3. Princeton (93)
4. Drexel (86.5)
5. Navy (83)
6. American (66.5)
7. Binghamton (65.5)
8. Army (56.5)
9. Columbia (55.5)
10. Brown (50)
11. Harvard (49.5)
12. Penn (48.5)
13. Hofstra (37)
14. Bucknell (32)
15. F & M (17.5)
16. Sacred Heart (2.5)
Lehigh's Ryan Preisch picked up the fall on Cornell's Max Dean. Preisch won the 184 pound EIWA crown and was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.
EIWA Team Champion: Lehigh University
Markus Scheidel of Columbia controls Mike D'Angelo of Princeton to win the 157 pound weight class.
Most Pins and Outstanding Wrestler Award winner Ryan Preisch of Lehigh is congratulated by Pascal Perri.
The coveted EIWA trophy since 1905.
Cornell champions: Jon Jay Chavez, Ben Darmstadt, and Yianni Diakomihalis.
Matt Kolodzik of Princeton battles Frank Garcia of Binghamton. Kolodzik won this 149 pound final with a 13-6 victory.
Jordan Wood of Lehigh and Michael Hughes of Hofstra battled into overtime in the 285 pound championship final with Woods on top with a 2-1 decision.