March 7, 2014

Wrestling Heads to EIWA Championships in Search of NCAA Bids

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown wrestling mantra of "Rhode 2 OKC" continues this weekend when the Bears head to the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships in hopes of qualifying wrestlers for the 2014 NCAA Championships.

The EIWA Championships will take place March 8-9 at The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The two-day qualifying tournament for the 2014 NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City will be the largest EIWA Championships ever held, with 18 programs looking to lock up berths to the national tournament.

"The road to Oklahoma City runs through Philadelphia," said Head Coach Todd Beckerman, who brings his first batch of Brown wrestlers to the EIWA Championships in his inaugural season. "We are in one of the toughest conferences in the country with many EIWA placers going on to become NCAA Champions and All-Americans at the national tournament. We have been training for this all year, and I'm excited to see our guys compete in this historic event."

Last season, Ophir Bernstein (Allen, Texas) and Billy Watterson qualified for the NCAA Championships with outstanding showings at EIWAs. Bernstein finished third at 184 and Watterson placed fifth at 125, while both wrestlers went on to pick up individual victories in Des Moines, Iowa, before falling in the consolation bracket.

The Championships will be broken into three sessions. Session I begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and will conclude with the Championship Quarterfinals and Consolation Third Round. Session II kicks off on Sunday at 10 a.m. and runs through the Championship Semifinals and Consolation Finals. Session III starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday and wraps up with the Championship Finals.

The NCAA has allocated 47 qualifying spots from the EIWA for the 2014 NCAA Championships, second only to 74 from the Big Ten. For the complete list of allocations, see below.

QUALIFIER ALLOCATIONS FOR 2014 NCAA DI WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

CONFERENCE

125

133

141

149

157

165

174

184

197

285

Atlantic Coast Conference

3

2

5

4

2

2

3

4

5

4

Big 12 Conference

3

2

3

3

2

2

4

1

2

2

Big Ten Conference

7

8

6

6

8

8

7

7

8

9

Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association

6

4

5

4

5

5

3

4

7

4

Eastern Wrestling League

2

3

2

3

2

2

2

3

1

2

Mid-American Conference

4

5

5

4

5

3

5

5

2

3

Pacific-12 Conference

1

3

1

1

1

1

3

2

2

2

Southern Conference

1

1

1

3

2

3

1

1

1

2

West Regional

2

1

1

1

2

3

1

2

1

1

TOTAL QUALIFIERS

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

 

FLOWRESTLING LIVE STREAM

The EIWA and the University of Pennsylvania have announced that the 110th EIWA Championships will be live streamed in its entirety by Flowrestling as part of its Flo Pro live streaming programming.

Every match of the 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 p.m.

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, please click here.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

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BROWN PROBABLES

125: Vincent Moita (15-18)
133: Anthony Finocchiaro (17-14)
141: Zachary Tanenbaum (4-9)
149: Steven Galiardo (15-12)
157: Justin Staudenmayer (15-15)
165: Philip Marano (13-15)
174: Ricky McDonald (18-12)
184: Ophir Bernstein (29-7)
197: Augustus Marker (13-17)
285: Ryder Cavey (11-11)

FOUR BEARS EARN ALL-IVY HONORS

Junior Ricky McDonald (Carson City, Nev.) and freshman Ryder Cavey (Eldersburg, Md.) earned Second Team All-Ivy honors while Bernstein and sophomore Anthony Finocchiaro (Canastota, N.Y.) were named Honorable Mention All-Ivy, it was announced by the Ivy League office on Friday.

"I am very happy to see the All-Ivy teams," said Beckerman. "This is special to see what the others coaches in the Ivy League see in our team when they vote for them for these awards."

LAST TIME OUT

Brown wrapped up dual meet season with a 33-9 setback at Columbia on Feb. 23. Freshman Steven Galiardo (Chicago, Ill.) edged out a 3-2 decision at 149 to counter Matt Bystol's meet-opening pin at 141 that gave the Lions a rapid 6-0 lead. The hosts quickly took the next three bouts by major decision, however, and tripled their lead to 18-3 heading into the 184-pound weight class.

Bernstein reliably worked to a 6-3 win at 184 to improve his team-best record to 29-7 on the season following six consecutive victories. An injury default awarded Columbia the points at 197, but Cavey came back to shut out Wyatt Baker in the heavyweight bout, 5-0. Leading 24-9, the Lions put away the final two matches with Penn Gottfried winning 10-3 at 125 and Angelo Amenta securing the fall at 133.

BERNSTEIN RANKED NO. 9 AT 184

Bernstein ranks ninth in the country in the 184-pound weight class according to the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Brown's winningest wrestler this season, Bernstein stands among the nation's elite in a handful of major polls, including Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (11th), InterMat (12th), FloWrestling (12th) and the NCAA Coaches Panel (13th).

Bernstein extended his winning streak to six matches with a pair of wins to wrap up dual meet season. He earned a 19-2 tech fall victory over Lehigh's Zachary Diekel in 6:50 on Saturday and followed with a 6-3 decision against Zack Hernandez of Columbia on Sunday. Bernstein is now 29-7 overall, 11-1 in matches decided by fall and 9-0 in major decisions.

UP NEXT

Brown will look to qualify wrestlers for the NCAA Championships, which begin on Mar. 20 in Oklahoma City, Okla.