Wrestling's Staudenmayer, LaFragola Punch NCAA Tickets on Day One of EIWAs

Wrestling's Staudenmayer, LaFragola Punch NCAA Tickets on Day One of EIWAs

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Senior Justin Staudenmayer and junior CJ LaFragola both punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships to lead Brown University wrestling at the 114th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships at Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Saturday.

Staudenmayer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and LaFragola (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) both went 2-0 at 157 and 184 pounds respectively to advance to the semifinals and earn automatic qualifying spots into the NCAA Championships. NCAAs will take place from Mar. 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The NCAA will announce the full field on Mar. 6 and unveil the brackets on Mar. 7.

The No. 3 seed, Staudenmayer qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time and placed at EIWAs for the second time. The No. 5 seed, LaFragola advanced to the NCAAs for the second straight season.

Overall, Brown advanced seven wrestlers to the quarterfinals while six Bears, including Staudenmayer and LaFragola, clinched place winner status and remain alive in competition.

Brown's four other placers included senior Zeke Salvo (Baltimore, Md.) at 141 pounds and juniors Jon Viruet (Springfield, Mass.), Tucker Ziegler (Myersville, Md.), and Ian Butterbrodt (North Andover, Mass.) at 165, 197, and 285 pounds respectively.

In the team standings, Brown ranks ninth out of 16 teams with 38 points. Lehigh sits in first place with 88.5 points. 

Brown Results: 

125 Pounds (Top 1 to NCAAs)
No. 10 Trey Keeley (1-2)
Saturday
Keeley def. No. 7 Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) in Round of 16, Dec. 8-3
No. 2 Trey Chalifoux (Army) def. Keeley in Quarterfinals, Dec. 10-3
No. 9 Matteo DeVincenzo (Princeton) def. Keeley in Consolation, Dec. 5-3 

133 Pounds (Top 3 to NCAAs)
No. 9 Hunter Kosco (1-2)
Saturday
Kosco def. No. 8 Jacob Nicholson (Binghamton) in Round of 16, MD 11-2
No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Drexel) def. Kosco in Quarterfinals, TF 22-7
Jonathan Gomez (Princeton) def. Kosco in Consolation, Dec. 10-6 

141 (Top 4 to NCAAs)
Zeke Salvo (2-1)
Saturday
No. 1 Yianni Diakomilhalis (Cornell) in Round of 16, Fall 2:05
Salvo def. No. 8 Austin Harry (Army) in Consolation, Dec. 13-10         
Salvo def. No. 7 Kizhan Clarke (American) in Consolation, MD 13-2 

149 (Top 4 to NCAAs)
Zach Krause (0-2)
Saturday
No. 3 Cortlandt Schuyler (Lehigh) def. Krause in Round of 16, Dec. 6-4
Seth Hogue (Bucknell) def. Krause in Consolation, Dec. 12-10 

157 (Top 6 to NCAAs)
No. 3 Justin Staudenmayer (2-0)
Saturday
Staudenmayer def. Brock Wilson (Harvard) in Round of 16, Dec. 2-1
Staudenmayer def. No. 6 Ian Brown (Lehigh) in Quarterfinals, Dec. 2-1 

165 (Top 6 to NCAAs)
Jon Viruet (2-1)
Saturday
Viruet def. No. 6 Vincent DePrez (Binghamton) in Round of 16, Dec. 3-2
No. 3 Jonathan Schliefer (Princeton) def. Viruet in Quarterfinals, Dec. 3-2
Viruet def. Ricky Stamm (Hofstra) in Consolation, Dec. 5-1 

174 (Top 5 to NCAAs)
Bryce Rogers (1-2)
Saturday
No. 4 Brandon Womack (Cornell) def. Rogers in Round of 16, MD 12-2
Rogers def. Thomas Grosso (Sacred Heart) in Consolation, Dec. 6-4
No. 6 Josef Johnson def. Rogers Consolation, Dec. 9-5 

184 (Top 7 to NCAAs)
No. 5 CJ LaFragola (2-0)
Saturday
LaFragola def. Andrew Psomas (Columbia) in Round of 16, Dec. 5-3
Vs. No. 4 Alex DeCiantis (Drexel) in Quarterfinals, Dec. 4-3 TB2 

197 (Top 6 to NCAAs)
No. 10 Tucker Ziegler (2-1)
Saturday
Ziegler def. No. 7 Rocco Caywood (Army) in Round of 16, Dec. 2-1
No. 2 Patrick Brucki (Princeton) def. Ziegler in Consolation, MD 15-6
Ziegler def. No. 9 Nezar Haddad (Hofstra) in Consolation, Dec. 9-8 

285 (Top 5 to NCAAs)
No. 8 Ian Butterbrodt (2-1)
Saturday
Butterbrodt def. No. 9 Andrew Piehl (Navy) in Round of 16, Dec. 5-1
Vs. No. 1 Michael Hughes (Hofstra) def. Butterbrodt in Quarterfinals, Default
Butterbrodt def. No. 10 Robert Heald (Army) in Consolation, Dec. 3-1