HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.Markus Scheidel won the 157-pound title, leading the way as five members of the Columbia wrestling team saw the podium at the 2018 EIWA Championships, hosted by Hofstra.

The tournament win for Scheidel helped the senior qualify for the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, March 15-17.

“It was a pretty incredible moment,” said Scheidel. “These past four years at Columbia one of my goals was to win this tournament. Getting this win as a senior and moving into NCAAs in my hometown is a great feeling. Couldn’t script it any better.”

Garrett Ryan will join Scheidel at the NCAA Championships, as the heavyweight finished fourth and earned an automatic bid. Along with the pair of qualifiers, Tyrel White claimed sixth at 174, and JP Ascolese and Jacob Macalolooy were both seventh at 141 and 149, respectively.

For Scheidel, a 4-3 win in the semifinals over the No. 3 seeded Justin Staudenmayer from Brown meant a rematch with the No. 1 seed, Princeton’s Mike D’Angelo. Columbia’s No. 2 seed had just two losses on the season, with one coming in a sudden victory period against D’Angelo.

The Bay Village, Ohio, native got the first takedown against D’Angelo, leading 3-0 in the second period after starting on bottom and quickly escaping. D’Angelo did escape in the second, and again in the third when Scheidel started on top, but the Columbia senior snagged a riding time advantage to go along with his 3-2 lead. The match became tied when D’Angelo added a point on Scheidel’s second stall call, but the extra riding time point gave Columbia its second EIWA Champion in as many years.

Ryan, who won the heavyweight title at this tournament last year, advanced to this morning’s semifinal round with a pair of wins on day one. Against Lehigh’s Jordan Wood in the semis, the two heavyweights were tied, 1-1, in the third, when Wood’s strong defense of a Ryan’s shot resulting in a Lehigh takedown helped him to a 4-1 victory.

In the consolation semifinal, Ryan was dominant against American’s Brett Dempsey, posting a 5-0 decision and earning him an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships with a guaranteed top-four finish. The Columbia senior finished fourth in the heavyweight bracket, as Cornell’s Jeramy Sweany held off a late Ryan shot to preserve a 5-4 victory in the third place bout.

For White, a 5-2 win over Drexel’s Austin Rose advanced the 174-pounder to the consolation semifinal in the five-bid weight class. The Columbia senior was unable to get by the No. 3 seed, Army’s Ben Harvey, in a 1-0 defeat, setting up his third match of the season with Harvard’s Josef Johnson. Although White was able to get by Johnson twice this season, a reversal in the tiebreaker period gave Johnson the 3-2 decision, and means White will wait to see if he’s granted an at-large bid on Wednesday.

Both Ascolese and Macalolooy were impressive in their seventh-place bouts, as Ascolese topped Princeton’s Pat D’Arcy, 7-1, and Macalolooy was victorious over Hofstra’s Ryan Burkert, 4-1. 

In the team standings, Columbia finished in ninth place with 55.5 points.

Full Columbia Results

125 – Spencer Good
R1 – L, 15-4 vs. No. 2 Trey Chalifoux (Army)
Cons. – L, 12-1 vs. No. 7 Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) 

133 – Chris Scorese
R1 – L, Fall (3:22) vs. No. 7 Cody Trybus (Navy)
Cons. – L, 13-7 vs. Jonathan Gomez (Princeton)

141 – JP Ascolese
R1 – L, 11-1 vs. No. 4 Nicholas Gil (Navy)
Cons. – W, 7-3 vs. Julian Flores (Drexel)
Cons. – W, 9-6 vs. No. 6 Joe Russ (Binghamton)
Cons. – L, Fall (3:33) vs. Zeke Salvo (Brown)
7th Place Bout – W, 7-1 vs. No. 9 Pat D’Arcy (Princeton)

149 – No. 8 Jacob Macalolooy
R1 – W, 9-3 vs. No. 9 Joe Oliva (Penn)
QF – L, 9-1 vs. No. 1 Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton)
Cons. – W, 7-3 vs. No. 7 Trevor Elfvin (Drexel)
Cons. – L, 3-0 vs. No. 5 Michael Sprague (American)
7th Place Bout – W, 4-1 vs. Ryan Burkert (Hofstra)

157 – No. 2 Markus Scheidel
R1 – W, 9-3 vs. Paul Klee (Sacred Heart)
QF – W, 7-1 vs. No. 7 Joe Velliquette (Penn)
SF – W, 4-3 vs. No. 3 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown)
1st Place Bout – W, 4-3 vs. No. 1 Mike D’Angelo (Princeton) 

165 – Laurence Kosoy
R1 – L, 16-4 vs. No. 3 Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton)
Cons. – L, 12-2 vs. No. 6 Vincent DePrez (Binghamton)

174 – No. 5 Tyrel White
R1 – W, 19-4 vs. Thomas Grosso (Sacred Heart)
QF – L, 4-2 vs. No. 4 Brandon Womack (Cornell)
Cons. – W, 10-0 vs. Joe Young (F&M)
Cons. – W, 5-2 vs. Austin Rose (Drexel)
Cons. Semifinal – L, 1-0 vs. No. 3 Ben Harvey (Army)
5th Place Bout – L, 3-2 (TB-1) vs. No. 6 Josef Johnson (Harvard) 

184 – Andrew Psomas
R1 – L, 5-3 vs. No. 5 CJ LaFragola (Brown)
Cons. – W, 15-4 vs. Steven Mercandante (F&M)
Cons. – L, 7-5 vs. No. 3 Steve Schneider (Binghamton) 

197 – Michael Bulkin
R1 – L, Fall (1:21) vs. No. 5 Jeric Kasunic (American)
Cons. – W, 12-0 vs. Joe Toci (Sacred Heart)
Cons. – L, 10-4 vs. No. 6 Steven Loiseau (Drexel) 

HWT – No. 3 Garrett Ryan
R1 – W, Fall (1:23) Angus Cowell (Harvard)
QF – W, 5-2 vs. No. 6 Antonio Pelusi (F&M)
SF – L, 4-1 vs. No. 2 Jordan Wood (Lehigh)
Cons. Semi – W, 5-0 vs. No. 5 Brett Dempsey (American)
3rd Place Bout – L, 5-4 vs. No. 4 Jeramy Sweany (Cornell)